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Trending Cabinet Colors

The most popular kitchen cabinet colors, painted and stained, vary from region to region in the United States.

Mixing Two Different Color Cabinets Is a Popular Trend

 

In the Midwest, honey or medium oak has been and still is – the most requested color. From baby-boomers to gen-Xers, that warm brown town signifies home and evokes happy kitchen memories.   The most popular colors for cabinets in the Midwest are:

  1. Honey WheatHoney Wheat on oak
  2.  White
  3. Pecan or sable on oak
  4.  Honey Spice on hickory
  5.  Kona or Espresso on maple or oak

 

If we were to do this list for the West Coast – the number one color would be natural maple and then white, gray, a medium-toned maple and finally a darker color.

On the East Coast, Kona, Espresso or a dark cherry would be number one followed by white, gray, a medium-brown maple and then painted cabinets in red, green, blue or even orange.

When customers want a color that is “in” and not going out of style – white or any shade of gray is a great choice. White, in the following shades – chiffon, dove, cotton, marshmallow, cream – is never going to go out of style. For the past five years, cabinet companies have been rolling out a new gray, with a different undertone of blue, green or red and that’s not going to change.

What does change every year is that mysterious shade of in-between painted light brown known as taupe or beige.   Names flits in and out such as mushroom, seal, portabella or chai, depending on the underlying hues used, like a little pink or mauve. You can keep your color choice relevant if you anchor your décor with a nice neutral countertop and a dark floor.

We are seeing an increase in popularity in the Midwest – the trend started several years ago on the coasts – of two-tone cabinets in the kitchen. Our two newest showroom designs feature two-tone cabinetry set-ups. Light cabinets on the top with dark cabinets as the base adds interest and some great accessory options.

The official roll-out time for new colors used to be February – now cabinet companies sometimes announce their new colors in late Fall to spark some interest before the national show in January.

Remember, whatever color you pick – if you love it, it’s your color and its “in.”

 

 The designers at Marling work with a wide range of cabinet lines including Merillat, Quality, Fieldstone Cabinets,  KraftMaid, Aristokraft, Diamond Cabinets, Diamond Vibe Cabinets, Echelon Cabinetry and Kitchencraft.  This information was compiled from our manufacturers as well as in-store sales across our locations.  If you’re in the market for new cabinets and don't know what color to choose, schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our designers today.




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