Saturday, February 9, 2013

Kitchen cabinet colour trends

My choice for kitchen cabinets has always been white because I just don't like living with dark colours or too much wood grain. I liked white before it became popular; I fought the natural oak trend when we built our home in the mid 80's and now that  dark stained cabinets seem to be the going trend where I live, I continue to love white.

Just how popular are white cabinets?

  I decided to conduct a very unscientific poll using the kitchen section of Houzz.   I looked at the first 50 pictures of long views of kitchens  sorted by most popular today and here is what I found out:  Of the 50.....

8% were  natural wood or stained wood

 There was a mix of  stains...

....from this very dark espresso like colour ...

.... to a mid value cherry....

Christian Gladu Design natural wood .

 14% were painted colours other than white/cream  

Most of the cabinet  were lighter colours so this black  kitchen stood out. I think it works in dark because it is open to a much larger space and there is a liberal use of light creams and white. Working with dark cabinets has to be a balancing act or you end up with a cave.

Yellow was perhaps the most  unusual colour choice   of the fifty surveyed kitchens and you would really have to love yellow to live in this kitchen. 

 You can never go wrong with a soft colour for kitchen cabinets.  This creamy green is light enough to open up the space, but you can still define it as a colour.  I think it was a good solution in this Craftsman style house where the traditional finish would have been stained wood.

JLF & Associates, Inc.

Who would ever think of a grayed lavender as a cabinet colour, but it really works in this atrium kitchen. The wood tone in the medium stained island  is repeated in several places throughout the space to create visual harmony. Grays with purple undertones actually work really well with mid toned woods, but it not a colour everyone likes. 

22% were white/cream with dark islands
Kitchen And Bath Venegas and Company

I think the darker island concept with white kitchens works really well  to add drama to a space. This  dark colour also grounds the room and integrates well with a darker hardwood floor.    Oh, to have all those drawers!
 Great Spaces!

Of the darker islands, the most prevalent colour was a deep stained brown.

2 % were white with a lighter coloured island 

 I think the soft blue/green works great with the wood tones in this very Mediterranean  styled kitchen.

54 % were white or off white

 Of the kitchens I showed did you notice what the most popular floor treatment was?

And there you have it.  What's your favourite cabinet finish?


  1. I love white also. I redid our eighties cabinets and few years ago and loved the results. In this house the cabinets are painted a light shade of green which believe it or not actually don't look to bad. However when the funds allow for new counter tops and lighting those suckers are going white. I love using white chocolate by benjamin more.

  2. White chocolate is a great white Lesley. I also like Ben Moore mayonnaise and light ivory which are a little creamy. I should consider a post for white paint colours for cabinets. I have a set of about eight I have recommended over the last several years.

  3. Those modern kitchen cabinets are very sweet! I think my wife would love to see this, because her favorite place in our house is the kitchen and she really loves decorating our kitchen cabinets.

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  6. This kitchen is absolutely fabulous!! Love everything about it, 

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