From the super-saturated shades of blue that took over the industry, to the divisive arrival of two-tone (sometimes called “tuxedo”) cabinets, to the introduction of the now-beloved “contrast island” and beyond, recent years have given us so many new kitchen cabinet trends. But there’s one cabinet pattern that never really goes out of style, and we think some love is long overdue: white cabinets.
Oh, sit here with us. Although other cabinet fads come and go, white is for a reason, a beloved classic. It’s flexible, it displays the elegance of your millwork (whether traditional, Shaker-inspired, or minimalist and modern), and for years to come, it’s incredibly easy to live with. Your kitchen looks brand new again with a fast change of hardware or a new backsplash and boom.
But just because white cabinets are a classic, that doesn’t mean any thoughtful design choices aren’t needed. Not all shades of white are created equal (as we have well recorded in the past), and when crafting a dream kitchen that will mature beautifully with time, there are still so many variables to consider.
This is where the Inspo comes in. Click through to see our favorite white kitchen cabinet trends. There’s something for every theme.
6 Kitchen Cabinet Trends for 2021
Warm & Modern
Often the look of the all-white cabinet can be solid, cold, even, but this beautifully balanced kitchen shows how to do it right. The added texture in the form of grey-green artisan tiles lends the room a bit of welcome character, while the more conventional “footed” island brings the sleek concrete flooring a bit of old-school charm.
Salton Sea Handmade Tile, $29
Marbled Minimalism is one of the interesting kitchen cabinet trends that never go out of style. Look no further for inspo, if you have your heart set on a completely all-white palette. Understated hardware and industrial-inspired lighting enable these gleaming veined countertops to take center stage and coordinate the slab backsplash. This kitchen really is the dream of a minimalist.
The ones that blend traditional elements with modern ones are our favorite white-cabinet kitchens, creating an enticing mix that is both elegant and welcoming. The millwork on the island and range hood are exquisite and historic, while the significant light fixtures feel more eclectic and help draw the eye up to the wooden ceiling beams, a pop of contrast beautifully reflected in the legs down below the bar stool. And this room certainly qualifies.
Love the all-white theme, but reluctant to forget all your eye-catching favorite colors? No trouble. A contrasting island is a simple (and on-trend) way to add a jolt of color into an otherwise neutral scheme, as this gorgeous kitchen demonstrates. This vivid cobalt shade is striking and timeless and infuses this clean white space with yet more design-savvy.
The texture is key when dealing with whites. These white cabinet fronts have a distinctive grooved grid pattern that interplays beautifully with the opposite wood grain and the above countertop veining. It is a clever mix that adds so much visual excitement to space, and when working within a strict palette of neutrals, it is even more important.
Big & Beautiful
Another kitchen cabinet trend we are dying to try: giant pantry-sized doors. Although they have not yet become the norm, in the coming years we expect to see them more and more, providing more flexibility and versatility in your storage choices, allowing you to store pantry items and dishes wherever you please. The wide white doors are balanced by a light, wood-wrapped island in this sleek, ultra-symmetrical kitchen, offering the perfect amount of subtle differentiation.
These kitchen cabinet trends will surely brighten up your kitchen and make you happy. Besides, it’s great to pay attention to both the kitchen cabinet and pantry will turn your kitchen wonderful than ever. If you have any beautiful kitchen cabinet trends or pantry ideas, feel free to share them with us.