Kitchen cabinet painting Trends

Due to the cost of replacing cabinets, kitchen cabinet painting is becoming increasingly popular.  

Painting Kitchen cabinets before and after pic

If you have stained oak cabinets from the past 20-40 years,  they will probably not look too trendy right now. As long as the cabinets are structurally sound, they are candidates to be painted.

But, are white cabinets still popular?

According to Reico Kitchen Cabinets, white kitchen cabinets are still popular, but the trends are starting to change.  Consumers are buying white shake style cabinets with blue accent islands.  Another common color choice for kitchen cabinets is gray and warm putty tones.

before picture of kitchen cabinets

             Before                                                                         After

The industry is in the process of pushing more 1950 and 60’s colors.  This will include a large swath of greens that can vary from earth tones to teal.

Expert kitchen designer Stacey Morningstar from Rieco.  “Straight white cabinets will give your kitchen a clean look but will most likely be a supporting character for something else in the room—for example, an attractive backsplash, or a wolf stove and stunning exhaust vent. If everything is white a neutral, then the overall effect can look a bit boring and sterile.

According to Home & Gardens, the trend moves away from straight white and more, instead of incorporating multiple colors.

White Kitchen cabinets

                                                                                              Avoid clutter on top of kitchen cabinets.

 

 

               Mistakes to avoid when painting the kitchen cabinets.

  •      The warm color floor and the cool white kitchen cabinets don’t work well.
  •      The knobs are dated. Update knobs and handles
  •      The clutter on top of the kitchen cabinets bothers me.
  •      The kitchen island could be painted a different color to add interest.

white kitchen cabinet 2021 trend Columbia MD

    In contrast, this kitchen checks all the boxes to coordinating a beautiful kitchen.

  • Blue backsplash offers interest.
  • Floor compliments cabinet color
  • A mixture of knobs and handles
  • Countertop works great with all colors.

kitchen cabinet before picture Severna Park                                    After picture of Kitchen cabinets painted by Klappenberger & Son

 

Adding a Second Color

Having your kitchen cabinets painted white with nothing to grab your attention is like having a rhythm section with no lead vocals or soloist. The kitchen island takes center stage like Rod Stewert in concert.

kitchen cabinet 2021 trends

Painting kitchen cabinets in two different colors is one of my favorite ways to create a new and interesting kitchen.  Painting kitchen islands a dark espresso color has been a trend for years.  2021 kitchen cabinet trends are still pointing to dark hues but more towards vibrant colors like this navy blue.

kitchen cabinets painted two colors                                            two tone kitchen cabinet color 2021 trend

Dark Base cabinets and kitchen islands are trending very strongly.

 

kitchen cabinet paint colors

If you are going to apply two different colors, the bottom cabinets are typically the darker color of the two

 

Picking the right sheen for your Kitchen Cabinets

The sheen can also inspire ideas for painting kitchen cabinets. Typically, cabinets are painted a satin sheen, which is slightly less than a semi-gloss. If you really want your kitchen to pop, try an intense color and then paint it in a high gloss paint like this one shown here.

painted satin kitchen cabinets

                                                                                                      Satin finish cabinets

The standard sheen for most kitchen cabinets is a satin finish.  Satin finishes are very durable and washable.  Klappenberger & Son has had great success with a cabinet grade paint called C2.  C2 has a harder that prevents chipping and peeling.  

Glossy high sheen kitchen cabinets  

High Gloss Cabinets

  • A warning about applying high gloss paint.
  • Some gloss paint is difficult to apply.
  • For best results, spray the paint.
  • Gloss paint highlights imperfections.
  • To achieve the highest sheen, I suggest Fine Paints of Europe Brilliant Holland Lac.
  • If you do not have any spraying experience, I would suggest you hire a professional painting contractor such as Klappenberger & Son.

 

 

Klappenberger & Son use cabinet grade paint and a harder to improve the durability and washability of the paint.  Out Kitchen cabinets come with a 5-year warranty against chipping and peeling. 

 

kitchen cabinet painting before during and after

 

 

Don’t forget about the hardware.

kitchen cabinet paint job replacing hardware

There are 1000’s of handles and knobs that can add so much character and interest to your kitchen’s look. The ideas and combinations are endless, and there is no reason to limit yourself to just one or two styles.

 

 

 

 

Adding kitchen pieces that don’t match has been the norm.

It wasn’t until the 1920s that kitchen cabinets began to appear. Food and utensils, etc., were stored in random pieces of furniture and shelves in the kitchen. In essence, it was a mixed match of different types of furniture, tables, and shelving. There were no monolithic kitchen cabinets until 1925, when the Franfurt cabinets were first made in Germany.

Traditional kitchen from 1880's

Incorporating different sizes and styles was the only option. One piece of furniture would be used for cutting and storage and another for some other practical function. This is why painting different colors and adding different hardware can create your own personal space.