Focusing on Trends for Kitchen Cabinets in 2019

No kitchen can function efficiently without some type of storage space, so that usually means kitchen cabinets, drawers, and shelves. However, form is also important when choosing kitchen cabinets because they occupy a large amount of visible space in the kitchen. The style and design of the cabinets has a significant impact on the overall design of the kitchen.

Minimalism is currently popular so many designers tend to choose cabinets that are there but not there, meaning they are so sleek and seamless that you only realize they are cabinets when you open them. However, not all homeowners favor this type of look, opting for a bit more impact for their kitchen cabinets and still stylish. It is quite easy to do that, as kitchen cabinets are available in a wide range of styles. Below are five trends for kitchen cabinets on which you can focus in 2019.

1. Custom colors

Painted cabinets
Most people get inspiration for their kitchen by looking through design websites and copying the ones they like as closely as possible. While this is the easy way to do it, you run the danger of choosing the same ones hundreds of other people like. To put a unique spin to an established design, go for a custom color for the paint of your kitchen. Most contractors will provide you with paint-ready cabinets, and all you have to do is to choose a color that represents your personality or the look you want to convey.
Dark colors such as copper red, charcoal, and petrol green are making the rounds in the design space, so you might want to consider those for your kitchen cabinets. However, if dark is not your speed, you can go for yellow gold or clay for a warmer feel in a small kitchen.

2. Oak-ay

oak cabinets
Oak has always been a popular material for kitchens, but it has waxed and waned for kitchen cabinets over the decades. It peaked somewhat as cathedral style cabinets between the 1970s and 1990s in Cerused or driftwood finishes, with the distinctive grain being the main attraction. Economic downturns finally broke its streak in favor of cheaper and more readily available maple and cherry wood cabinets in the 1990s, and even cheaper engineered wood in the 2000s.

However, with the improvement in the economy and rising interest in the good ole days, oak cabinets are coming back into its own.
Oak is a versatile wood species, as it has a neutral look that plays well with both modern and traditional kitchens. Consider flat or recessed panel door styles to let through most of that distinctive grain.
Some designers are taking some liberties with the usual treatment of oak by (gasp!) painting them blue, gray, or black, but most still make sure the grain shows. After all, the whole idea is to bring in a vintage feel to the kitchen, so oak cabinets in all its glory is a good way to go for your trendy kitchen.

3. Transitions

transitional cabinets
Most homeowners are not willing to go too far one way or the other when it comes to kitchen design, especially if they have an open layout. Kitchens have such a deep impact on the look and feel of the home, that committing to one definite look can be problematic. This is where transitional-style cabinets come in handy.

Kitchen cabinets often serve as a pivot for mixed design styles in the home. Their visibility makes it essential to choose a style that will look well from any angle.

For instance, you can have a mostly traditional kitchen flow seamlessly into a modern dining room by installing kitchen cabinets that can go either way. If you do this, you can simply bring in traditional elements such as vintage chandelier into the dining room, and it will still look cohesive. On the other hand, you can introduce modern elements into the kitchen to make it trendier, and the cabinets will not strike a sour note.

4. Clean as you go

flat panel or thermofoil cabinets
If you are a busy homeowner with a small kitchen, you are in luck. Sleek and seamless is the byword of many homeowners and designers today, especially when working in small spaces. This is the influence of the minimalism movement, although it is all but passé in 2019. Nonetheless, kitchen cabinet trends still lean towards the flat and slab style of cabinets because they make rooms look larger, and they look clean. In fact, they are easier to keep clean because of the lack of corners and crevices. Consider Thermofoil or laminated cabinets to further keep your kitchen cabinets low maintenance.

5. Many stules

kitchen cabinets with different colors
An important trend you should focus on for kitchen cabinets is to mix and match cabinets. This is a great way to have your cake and eat it, too, because it is easier to make your kitchen look unique despite having flat or slab cabinet door styles.
Generally, the best way to achieve the multi-colored look is to choose one color for wall cabinets, a transition color for countertops, and a complementary color for the base cabinets. You can also choose ultra-modern Thermofoil cabinets in a bold color such as red for the wall and base cabinets, and wood-grain cabinets for the kitchen island. The sky is the limit when it comes to your choices. Just make sure it can work with the general design of your kitchen and home.


Focusing on trends for kitchen cabinets in 2019 is a great way to get started on choosing your new cabinets. You may not want to follow any of them too closely, but that is fine if you keep them in mind when making your choice.
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