Sleek, all-white kitchens came onto the scene nearly a decade ago. Amidst a recession, they felt utterly chic and undeniably safe. Flash-forward to 2020 and the trend is starting to feel cold, bare, and quite frankly overdone.
While it may not seem like a huge departure from white, taupe kitchen cabinets are just the ticket to warm things up while maintaining a soft, neutral color palette. Taupe lies somewhere between brown and gray, and can read as more beige or off-white in different lights. Its multifaceted nature makes it perfect for kitchen cabinetry, the perfect complement to both sleek marble and warm butcher block.
The hue has a magical way of tying together a natural color palette, but don’t take our word for it. These eight gorgeous taupe kitchens speak for themselves.
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Classic Shaker kitchen
For minimal Shaker style, opt for taupe cabinetry with matching hardware, like this airy design by deVol Kitchens. A white farmhouse sink and Esse stove pop against the greige cabinets and shelving. Sleek marble countertops and simple white walls complete the farmhouse aesthetic. Pass on bright backsplash or high-gloss appliances for a more subdued feel.
Taupe, espresso, and white color palette
Neutral hues come to life in this dynamic San Diego kitchen by Jackson Design and Remodeling. Taupe upper cabinets are met with white backsplash and countertops and espresso lower cabinets, island base, and pantry. The neutral color palette is brought to life with an array of textures, from wavy glass backsplash to subtle striations on the upper cabinetry and range hood. A granite composite sink and stainless steel appliances blend seamlessly into the brown, taupe, and white design for a sleek, contemporary result.
Taupe, white, and black
These kitchen cabinets by Decora Cabinets are painted True Taupe. We love the hue paired with the white tile backsplash and on-trend black windows for an updated take on a classic kitchen design.
Natural wood accents
Want to break away from paint? Off-white upper cabinetry paired with natural wood lower cabinets offer a departure from stark white in an alluring beige color palette. Marble countertops and a farmhouse-style front-apron sink complete the bright aesthetic. Meanwhile, patterned tile behind the sink and a fringe chandelier lend glam style points.
Sebastian Cox cupboards always have a hand-hewn, bucolic feel that’s perfect for creating a rustic barn kitchen. Paired with a wooden worktop, taupe cabinets offer a warm softness. And if you’re really daring, opt for a few plum-stained accents for a pop of color. The natural, matte finish retains the country flair in any hue.
Subway tile kitchen
Monroe Home & Style owner Donna Garlough was inspired by white handmade Fireclay Tile walls for her charming Boston kitchen remodel. To keep the space from looking too stark, she opted for warm taupe cabinets instead of white, complemented by subtle brass hardware. The result is a textural jewel box awash in light.
If white cabinetry is your calling, opt for a taupe island instead. The greige-washed island is anchored by a trio of industrial pendant lights paired with vintage leather stools.
With its ability to be multifaceted in different lights, the beige-meets-gray shade ties together the kitchen's neutral color palette with white cabinetry, slate countertops, natural wood accents, and shimmering gray subway tile.
Taupe, brass & marble
For an elegant take on Shaker style, keep things minimal and clean like this seaside estate house by deVol Kitchens. The choice of honed Carrara marble countertops and brass hardware offers a touch of glamour and sophistication while playing up a the taupe cabinets (deVol's Mushroom color). Then, the designers stuck to glass-front uppers and a white front-apron farmhouse sink.