7 kitchen cabinet trends designers say will elevate your cooking space

These designer-approved kitchen cabinet trends are so stylish

Kitchen cabinet trends are useful to know. Here is a kitchen with wooden cabinets, a silver oven with a green floral wall around it, a colorful bookshelf, and silver pots and pans hanging from the ceiling beam
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Knowing the latest kitchen cabinet trends designers love is useful for deciding what to do when revamping yours.

We've asked them what they're using this year to make this area of the kitchen shine. From clever tech to mixing different colors, there are plenty of ways to make your doors look dazzling.

If you're deep diving into kitchen cabinet ideas and want yours to look as up-to-date as possible, looking at what's current in the world of interior design is a helpful step.

It's time to say goodbye to outdated kitchen cabinet trends and say hello to beautiful ones instead.

Our design pros have helpfully recommended specific buys so you can enjoy their styling tips at home, and our in-house shoppers have tracked them down to help you shop the guide.

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1. Smart technology

A pale pink kitchen cabinet with open doors with wooden shelving on the doors and inside containing jars, crisps, jams, and spices, with a black kitchen island with wooden stools in front

(Image credit: Simon Taylor Furniture)

One of the most key modern kitchen ideas to hit cooking spaces in recent years is smart technology, which is easy to incorporate into your cabinets.

“As technology continues to revolutionize the way we live, it's also reshaping the landscape of kitchen cabinetry,” explains Nina Lichtenstein, principal designer and founder of Nina’s Home Design.

“Smart solutions such as integrated kitchen lighting ideas and touchless opening mechanisms are making cabinets much more efficient,” she adds. 

We like these sleek Berta Soft Closing Cabinet Hinges from Amazon, which will add a touch of modernity.

2. Open shelving

A dark blue open kitchen cabinet with three glass jars with pasta and grains at the top, white ceramic spice jars and two jars at the bottom, and a white countertop with a basket of spring onions on it underneath

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No more hiding away your beautiful kitchen storage ideas — it’s time to showcase them to the world.

Nina explains, “By removing traditional cabinet doors and opting for exposed shelving, kitchens can appear larger, more spacious, and visually lighter.”

Simply take the hinges off the doors and voila — your new display unit awaits. You may want to learn how to declutter kitchen cabinets before you decorate.

You then use these to showcase your favorite cookware and decorative accents. We’ll be displaying our beloved Our Place Always Pan 2.0 on ours.

3. Red accents

A kitchen with a burgundy red kitchen cabinet, a gray wall, marble splashback and kitchen island, gold chairs with white seats, and wooden herringbone flooring

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One of the biggest interior design trends for the year has to be the unexpected red theory, which is also making a splash on kitchen cabinets.

“The most sought-after color trend for this year is red, and shades like tomato red or blood red will brighten up the kitchen during the day and provide a cozy atmosphere during nighttime,” says Tommy Mello, design expert and founder of A1 Garage Door Service.

Looking for something a touch less bright? Go for dark pink instead. For example, Benjamin Moore’s Cranberry Cocktail Paint is a gorgeous alternative.

4. Organic materials

A wooden kitchen cabinet with a white surface on top with a hob, vases, and mugs, with a long wooden shelf with plants on, a white sink, and a gray brick wall behind it

(Image credit: Wood Works Brighton)

More and more designers are bringing sustainability front and center for their designs, and one of the ways they’re doing this is by making more use of organic materials.

“From warm wood grains and rich textures to sleek stone and rugged metal accents, organic materials add depth and authenticity to culinary spaces,” Nina says.

If you’re DIYing your own cabinets, be sure to seek out organic materials, and don’t be afraid to ask at the store if you aren’t sure.

5. Modern minimalism

A gray kitchen with light gray cabinets on the wall and on the sink unit that has a silver tap, plant, and soap on it, and two white shelves above it with glasses, wall art, and vases on it

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For those looking for kitchen cabinet trends that will stand the test of time, choose simple shapes and the best kitchen paint ideas in subtle shades.

Nina explains, “Minimalist kitchen cabinet designs are gaining popularity for their clean lines and seamless integration into contemporary living spaces. Remove any cabinet doors with ornate embellishments and replace them with sleek, streamlined cabinetry."

This Breaktime Standard Cabinet Stock from Wayfair is a smart investment for anyone searching for a whole cabinet unit. Otherwise, simply brush over tired cabinets with a fresh paint color such as Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray Paint.

6. Statement hardware

A kitchen with white cabinets with gold handles, a kitchen island with a marble worktop, sage green cabinets with gold handles and two dark green stools underneath it, and three white pendant lights on the ceiling

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This is one of the easiest kitchen cabinet trends to follow and will look beautiful in any style kitchen.

“While minimalist designs dominate the landscape, statement hardware is emerging as a powerful design element that adds personality and flair to kitchen cabinets,” Nina explains.

From oversized knobs and handles to sleek pulls (we like the Goldenwarm Golden Cabinet Pulls from Amazon), they’re a brilliant way to make your kitchen look luxe.

7. Built-in storage

A light blue cabinet with open doors showcasing light wooden shelves with mugs, teapots, a microwave, and toaster within it, with cabinet drawers and cupboards underneath it

(Image credit: Higham Furniture)

Keep your favorite storage on display as kitchen counter decor and put anything unsightly away with the help of built-in storage in your cabinets.

“These elements are not just about storage — they're about creating a kitchen that serves multiple purposes,” says Drew Hamblan, design expert and president of Fairview Custom Homes.

Achieve this with embedded sinks, dishwashers, or even under-counter refrigerators. You could even incorporate your kitchen trash into cabinets with the Rev-A-Shelf Pull-Out Trash Can with over 4,000 reviews from Amazon.


Whether you're embarking on a kitchen renovation or simply seeking inspiration, kitchen cabinet trends are useful to have in mind when designing this space.

“By embracing sleek simplicity, bold expressions, natural materials, and innovative technologies, homeowners can transform their culinary spaces with stylish kitchen cabinets,” Nina finishes by saying.

If you have cabinets within your island, modern kitchen island ideas may also work well for revamping this area of the home.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.

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