Farmhouse Kitchen with Open Shelving

7 Top Trends in Kitchen Cabinetry for 2020

The style of your kitchen is largely defined by its cabinetry. Door styles, wood species, colors, and hardware all come together to create a look that designers roughly classify as contemporary, transitional, or traditional. Within each of these broad classifications, kitchen and bath designers stay abreast of evolving trends that balance timelessness with a fresh, updated look. Good designers master this balance so that your investment in a new kitchen is “on trend” while also grounded in those timeless elements of your desired style.

Read on to learn about some of the exciting trends in kitchen cabinetry that we are seeing today. As you will see, many of these ideas can be used in kitchens of all styles. They have that freshness you’re looking for in your new design, without screaming “2020,” so your kitchen will look amazing for years to come.

1. Wood is coming back

We’re seeing a gradual move toward the timeless look of stained wood, either in combination with painted finishes, or proudly standing on its own. The two most popular wood species that have been making a comeback in 2020 are walnut and oak.

Walnut is a naturally rich, warm, elegant and inviting wood, which makes it perfect for today’s kitchens. Oak can be used with a stain or painted finish, highlighting the beautiful natural graining.

Walnut Cabinetry in Kitchen Design in Minneapolis, MN

Project: Wonderfully Walnut – Pantry Cabinets and Island are Walnut by Décor Cabinet Company

2. Open Shelving

Open shelves introduce a light and airy feel and offer the illusion of more space – which is especially great in smaller kitchens. An added advantage of open shelves is that they can be used for easy access to frequently-used dishes, beautiful serving pieces, or favorite cookbooks. Open shelves are also great for display of treasured décor, lending a personal touch to the kitchen.

Open Shelving in Kitchen Design

Project: Meyer Place Condo Project

3. Glass Front Cabinets

Create interest and variety in your upper cabinets by giving some of them glass fronts. These cabinets can be used to display collectibles, beautiful dishware, or other treasures. Our Designer Danielle took advantage of this “trend” in her Transitional Chic Kitchen by incorporating glass inserts in the wall cabinets on each side of the range hood to make the space feel more open.

Glass-Front Cabinets Custom Cabinetry Design in Minneapolis, MN

4. Take on Two Tones

Two-toned cabinetry continues to be a trend when it comes to kitchens.  A great way to create a classic look with a modern twist is to combine both painted and stained cabinetry. In the image below the sink base is the focal point of the kitchen and was completed in a taupe stain. The same stain was carried through and applied to the crown molding and upper cabinet light rail to tie the entire design together beautifully.

Two-Tone Custom Cabinets

5. Custom Cabinet Storage

One of the foundations of a functional kitchen is adequate storage. As custom cabinetry designers, we specialize in not only designing a space that is beautiful, but designing that space with specific features that support the way you use your kitchen. Our design team is familiar with a variety of cabinet accessories and your designer will ask specific questions during the design process to understand your needs. Some of the most-requested cabinet accessories are appliances garages for small appliances, drawer dividers for cutlery and utensils, pull-outs for spices, tray dividers, roll-out drawers for pots and pans, as well as wastebasket cabinets for garbage and recycling.

6. Panel-Ready Appliances

A trend that has been around for a few years is panel-ready appliances. If you desire a clean and cohesive kitchen design, panel-ready appliances allow you to seamlessly integrate your appliances with a custom panel to match the rest of your cabinetry.

Panel-Ready Appliances in a Kitchen Design in Minneapolis, MN

Project: Transitional Cottage Kitchen

7. Furniture-Like Features

Last, but not least, this trend is shaking up traditional ideas of what cabinetry should look like. We are seeing a strong interest in cabinetry designs that look less like traditional cabinets and a more like furniture pieces. This is a great option to give added interest to a featured wall or bar area. As you see here, our designer incorporated tapered bun feet and designed the center section with a bump out to give a space a little more character.

For more information on cabinetry design or to start a project with one of our Kitchen & Bath Designers, contact us!

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