3 Kitchen Trends We’re Loving in 2020

Now more than ever, kitchens are the heart of the home, so it’s no surprise they’re getting all the attention. Give yours a look that’s full of detail and personality with these three kitchen trends.

Kitchen trends: Bold colors for kitchen cabinets.
Featured Colors: Downing Slate SW 2819 (Cabinets), Snowbound SW 7004 (Walls)

Kitchen Trend #1: Beautifully Bold Hues

We’re not saying goodbye to neutrals, but we’re starting to trend away from the clean, all-white kitchens we’ve come to know. “White and gray are still super important, but there’s a major warming trend as we’re seeking color and comfort in the kitchen,” says Director of Color Marketing, Sue Wadden.

Which hues will be satisfying our appetite for color? Dusty blues like Downing Slate and botanical greens like Pewter Green. These shades are quickly becoming the go-to color for cabinets and walls because of their unique ability to make a space feel bold and comforting at the same time.

Kitchen Trends 2: Statement Designs. A blue and white tuxedo kitchen with blue for the island and gray for the upper cabinets
Featured Colors: Salty Dog SW 9177 (Island Base Cabinets), Alpaca SW 7022 (Cabinets), Pure White SW 7005 (Walls & Trim)

Kitchen Trend #2: Statement-Making Designs

As colors get bolder in 2020, so does design. Tuxedo Kitchens are having a visually striking moment that’s ready for personalization. While the name might lead you to believe these spaces are black and white, they can feature any combination of light and dark colors. It’s really about creating that two-toned contrast that mimics a tuxedo. “This kitchen trend is a great way to give cabinets or islands a signature look,” suggests Wadden.

Photo Courtesy of Rejuvenation. Featured Color: Homburg Gray SW 7622 (Cabinets)

Kitchen Trend #3: Accessorizing with Style

What gives kitchens their cabinets-to-counter style? After color, it’s all about detail, so we reached out to our partners at Rejuvenation for some tips. “Lighting and hardware are the finishing touches you and your guests will notice the second you walk into the room,” says Kalie Eyman, Senior Writer at Rejuvenation.

Whether it’s oversized pulls or statement faucets, kitchen hardware with visual weight is gaining popularity. When it comes to finishes, aged brass and oil-rubbed bronze are the trending choices. These rich tones have a versatile look that pops beautifully against a wide variety of cabinet colors.

Another trend Rejuvenation shared focuses on an unexpected way to light up the kitchen. “We’re starting to see small-scale table lamps, like our Audrey Accent Lamp or Berkshire Table Lamp, used in the kitchen,” says Eyman. “We love how they make a space less utilitarian and more like the center of your home.”

43 Comments

  1. I love this trending direction for the home! Beautiful colors give a boost to the ordinary & expected “sameness” of the past. My mind is twirling with thoughts for incorporating these ideas, & I am heading to my lifelong paint store, Sherwin Williams, as soon as
    possible. Exciting!

    Ellen Krueger
  2. I love the new trends! We got a kick out of this because we have Pure White on top and Salty Dog on the bottom cabinets. Our walls are all Alpaca! Sherwin Williams is always our choice! We also have some feature walls with Urbane Bronze (hint, it is amazing next to Alpaca!)

    Llisa Maxwell
    • Sounds beautiful, Llisa! Be sure to use the hashtag #SWColorLove if you post your projects on social media. We would love to see!

      Sherwin-Williams
    • My kitchen walls are painted Agreeable Gray and my trim is Pure White, the tile is old and is a pale pink/cream color. Trying to decide on cabinet color and was reaching for Stamped Concrete (lightened 30%, and island at full color) then either Grays Harbor or Homburg Gray for the laundry room (it peeks through kitchen). Was wondering if you had advice on what direction to move towards!

      Celia Turner
  3. These trends are great love them. However my kitchen is painted in an olive green colour & the cupboards are painted in the China Doll colour which is like a cream. What other colour can I use on the cupboard to make the kitchen pop more

    Helena Huggins
    • Hi Helena! What other colors are in the kitchen as far as flooring, countertop, back splash and appliances? Would you be open to painting your cabinets two colors?

      Sherwin-Williams
      • I am open to changing the bottom cupboards. Am not afraid of colour. The floor tiles is light brown the counter top light cream to compliment the China Doll colour & the wall tiles have cream, grey & green all on the lighter side

        • Consider painting the upper cabinets China Doll and then select one of the saturated greens below for your lower cabinets. Look at:

          Avocado SW 2861
          Basque Green SW 6426
          Sage Green Light SW 2851
          Saguaro SW 6419

          Sherwin-Williams
        • Helena,
          Could you please post a picture?
          Thanks,

  4. I luv your paint color newsletters!

    But it would help to see colors mentioned in the text. For example, today’s TINTED blog mentions Downing Slate and Pewter Green, but only Downing Slate is shown. Sure I can stop by the Sherwin-Williams store but would like to see Pewter Green while reading the blog. . .and before I forget the name!!

  5. Love the 2 tone cabinets. Would you do the wall to ceiling pantry the darker colour or keep it with the lighter colour? Island and lower cabinets done in dark colour uppers done in light colour. Not sure to do pantry in light or dark? Kitchen is U shape with pantry on one side.

    Irene ONeil
    • Hi Irene! Consider painting the pantry in the darker color – it will make it feel like a piece of furniture in the room.

      Sherwin-Williams
  6. I have two tones cabinets today in a house built around 1900. An out of date pinkish pickle on top cabinets with glass doors and a slate black on the bottom. I have to replace a stand alone cabinet and was thinking an old china hutch or other piece of furniture to retro fit. What color would I paint it? Should I paint the upper cabinets to match? Walls terra-cotta stucco, granite primarily brown and orange, a small red chimney in middle of a solid wall and honey hardwood floors with warm white trim.

    • Hi Maryanne! Are you looking for new colors for uppers and lowers? Also, are you asking if stand-alone cabinet or old china hutch should go in kitchen? And, what color should those built in pieces be?

      Sherwin-Williams
  7. I love Alpaca it is a great neutral that really goes well with browns/grays. We have been using in our rental properties.

    Shannon Hail
  8. Want to do the two tones cabinets and love the Alpaca for top and Salty Dog for bottom. Would it be too much to stain my island because I do like the look of some wood? Do people do three different tones for cabinets?

    • Alpaca and Salty Dog are a stunning combination; if you introduce a third color, your kitchen could become “busy” looking which will make the space feel smaller and disjointed. Is it possible to paint the island Salty Dog and use a butcher block countertop just on the island? This will introduce the wood you want in your space. Keep your cabinets palette to two colors to create a cohesive and intentional palette.

      Sherwin-Williams
  9. What is the best way to paint kitchen cabinets?
    Also will they chip?
    Thanks!!

  10. In a smaller U-shaped kitchen area is it best to keep lower and upper cabinets the same colour? Also we have grey-blue tiled floors, with maple-finished cabinets at present. And warm wood floors beyond the kitchen. What would work best on the cabinets for colour?

    • Hi Catherine, it is not necessary to do the same color, in fact, doing two colors will allow for some dramatic color in your kitchen. Consider using a gray-blue paint color that is close to the color of your floors and then a soft white on the upper cabinets and the walls. We don’t have a visual of your floors, but look at these options:
      Uppers cabinets and Walls
      White Duck SW 7010
      Whitetail SW 7103

      Lower Cabinets
      African Gray SW 9162
      Dustblu SW 9161

      Sherwin-Williams
  11. I’m remodeling my kitchen, dining room and family room. Painters just finished painting the cabinets and trim with snowbound. Also used salty dog in island. I’ve had recommendations to paint the walls snowbound or alabaster. Would love to hear your suggestion.

    Lynn Champion
    • Hi Lynn! We recommend you paint your walls Snowbound – especially in your kitchen. Painting the cabinets, especially the upper cabinets, the same color as the wall, your kitchen will look brighter and bigger. Keep the Snowbound going in the other rooms in your home – this will create a cohesive palette. Let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks again.

      Sherwin-Williams
  12. Our house (and all of our rentals/Airbnb’s) is “Natural Choice” everything, which allows our varied art pieces and such to really pop—but we need a kitchen cabinet makeover. They are currently an antiqued, heavily glazed off-white/ecru, but I’m ready to go green! We have wood-stained shiplap as our backsplash and heavily mottled quartz countertops (not the less-veiny marble look—more ecru with black and grey). Our floor is brick pavers that lean yellow, apricot, and darks—but to me are neutral. ) I’ve played with alllll the SW greens, and I feel like I’m down to Espalier and Derbyshire. Thoughts?

    Carolyn Miller
    • Hi Carolyn! Either of those greens would look great on the cabinets in the kitchen you described. Between the two, Espalier SW 6734 is the better choice because that shade of green reads as more sophisticated and subtle. Your cabinets will look stunning and your kitchen will have your unique stamp on it.

      Sherwin-Williams
  13. I just downsized and moved into a townhouse and have many questions but will start with this one. The back faces north and therefore, I would like to paint a warm colour to bring a warm feeling into this room. There is a floor to ceiling fireplace with various warm colours and the floor is dark wood. The ceiling is slanted and high and a loft overlooks this room. It would probably mean that the loft, family room, and kitchen have the same paint colour as the walls continue into each area so I wish to use a colour that will be pleasant in all areas. Most of these areas have neutral furnishings. I would love to hear your advice as to colour that would best enhance this room. I have photos but I’m not sure how to include them.
    Thanks for any help

    • Hi Ruth! We’d like to get a better sense of your space and preferences before making a recommendation. For assistance please sign up for a free Virtual Color Consultation

      Sherwin-Williams
    • Hello,
      I need help tying rooms together!! The family room walls are painted shiitake and the bookcases and fireplace surround is painted pewter green. This room has maple trim and wood floors. I love the way this room looks!! Now I’m trying to coordinate and tie in the rest of the main floor. The hallway leading out of the family room has slate floor, white trim, and is painted samovar silver. The hallway connects to the upstairs, living room, kitchen, and family room. The living room is also white trim and samovar silver. I loved the samovar silver color on the swatch, but after the painters were done I had regrets.. feeling it was more blue looking on the walls. Oops I’m committed for now! My husband would kill me if I had the painters repaint.

      The walls between the living, dining, and kitchen were removed and it is now open. We are in the middle of renovating the kitchen and dining room. I need recommendations for paint color for dining room/ kitchen walls and cabinets. The floors have not been refinished in the kitchen or dining room. I’m having a tough time deciding because of the slate in the hallway. I love the character of the slate, but they only used it in the hallway so it seems choppy to me since it doesn’t flow elsewhere. I haven’t found flooring to help with the transition.

      Other colors on the main floor include an office painted agreeable gray with maple trim.
      Upstairs colors include: bedroom 1 city loft with pure white trim, bedroom 2 mindful gray with accent wall paint in salty dog maple trim, bedroom 3 sea sat with maple trim, bedroom 4 alabaster with maple trim.

      Please help me tie all this all together!

      • Hi Jamie! For a job of this scope and detail, you would benefit best from a one-on-one virtual consult with one of our designers. You can schedule a “real time” appointment with a designer when you sign up. This virtual consult will allow the designer to see your space and lighting which would be the best option for your project. Click the link below to get started. https://homeowner.sherwin-williams.com/colorconsult/

        Sherwin-Williams
  14. A couple of months ago, I painted the two exterior doors on my grey cinder block building “snowbound” with the urethane enamel paint, and I’m crazy about that color now. I’ve seen Snowbound described as a cool color, even a grey-white, but I certainly don’t see grey at all, and it’s a gorgeous white in my opinion. That being said, I’m considering painting my north-facing kitchen walls “toasted pine nut” and the cabinets “dover white,” which are both certainly warm colors, but when I looked up the color toasted pine nut, snowbound was listed as a coordinating color along with dover white. Do you advise using dover white and snowbound in the same room; for example, having dover white cabinets and a snowbound door? Thanks for your help.

  15. Totally rehauling our 1979 kitchen. We’re installing medium brown wood-look tile in our kitchen and silver pearl granite leather countertops. Really want my new shaker style cabinets to sport that lighter upper cabinets and medium to dark lower cabinets. We’ll have stainless appliances and cook top. Our kitchen is on the small side in an U shape. Sink and stove top are part of the U. On the opposite wall is the wall oven, reach in pantry and side by side refrigerator. Taking out the soffit and taking the cabinets to the ceiling. With glass on the top part of the upper cabinets to allow for some “airy ness”. There is a high bar on the other side of the refrigerator. The high bar has a pass through to the living room. Across from the high bar and adjacent to the back side of the stove top is the “breakfast” nook. The whole kitchen / dining area is about 12 x 21. Hope you can envision and offer some color suggestions.

  16. I want to do something with my kitchen… I’ve got oak finished cabinets, a wood floor that is slightly darker than the cabinets and the counters are nice looking, but probably from the early 2000s, a dark green with grey flecks in it. I don’t want to replace anything, so I need to get a color idea to blend with the countertop. I am not into black or grey though.

  17. Hi There,

    Curious to get some thoughts and expert feedback. We are looking to paint our kitchen cabinets and was wondering thoughts on Alpaca for the top and bottom cabinets with Attitude Gray for the Island. The challenge I have is we have Brazilian Cherry Floors and struggling to find a good color for the cabinets that mixes well with the floors. Today the cabinets are what I think is a Walnut stain. Additional considerations are white marble like quartz counters, light gray walls, and a cream baseboard/trim.

    My kids tell me I have no style, so hoping to get some help!

    • Hi Carl! Well, tell your children they are wrong – anyone interested in mixing up a palette has lots of style. We like your combo and it is a great way to unify the different wood tones in your kitchen. We do have a suggestion though. Consider painting the island and lower cabinets Attitude Gray SW 7060 (one of my favorite colors); then paint the upper cabinets and kitchen walls Alpaca SW 7022. When you paint your upper cabinets the same color as your walls, your kitchen looks bigger, brighter and more cohesive. Don’t be afraid to put Attitude on your lower cabinets. It is a darker shade but by placing it on all the lower cabinets, you are introducing some color and drama without overwhelming the room.

      Sherwin-Williams
  18. I painted my cabinets Dover White, walls are Repose Grey, and island Gauntlet Grey. I have subway glass tile for my backsplash that is a warm greige, looks like a Comfort Gray. The counters are creamy white with taupey veins. I want change the color of my bottom cabinets and island to a blue. Salty Dog is too bright blue and Downing Slate may be too grey. The room is Southern facing, what colors would you recommend?

    jeanette c cosentino
    • Hi Jeanette, take a look at either Charcoal Blue SW 2739 or Mineral Gray SW 2740. These two blues have a subtle gray undertone that would look great with your Dover cabinetry and Repose walls.

      Sherwin-Williams
  19. Hi! Looking for some advice. I recently painted my kitchen cabinets (top row in Alabaster and bottom using Pewter green). My counters are dark granite with hints of green. Kitchen walls haven’t yet been painted and are a light beige which I’m not a fan of. Any suggestions for wall color? Should I also paint them with the Alabaster for a nice bright kitchen? TIA!

    • Hello Marissa, yes you read our mind – paint your walls Alabaster SW 7008– the same color as your upper cabinets. When you do this, your kitchen will be bigger, brighter and have a more cohesive palette. It also allows Pewter Green SW 6208 to become center stage in your room.

      Sherwin-Williams

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