A Guide to Kitchen Remodeling and the Top Kitchen Cabinet Color Picks for 2021

There’s no doubt that the kitchen is the heart and soul of any home. This makes it one of those key areas that can have a huge impact on your overall home value. So if kitchen remodeling is on the cards for you this year, you want to do it justice. 

Understandably, remodeling or redecorating your kitchen can seem like an overwhelming task. Not only does the cost of remodeling add up quickly, but what components of your kitchen are really worth updating or replacing? 

One of the best places to start is with your kitchen cabinets. Check out the rest of this blog for everything you need to know about color trends and combinations for excellent resale value.

1. Bold/Moody Gray

For a number of years now the greige trend has taken over. This softer version of gray, with undertones of beige and yellow, has now been replaced with a moodier, more dramatic version of this color, known as bold gray. 

This hue was actually dubbed Color of the Year by none other than Sherwin Williams, so if you’re looking to re-paint your kitchen cabinets or replace them completely, this is an on-trend color to go for. And what’s more, it’s also a timeless hue that won’t overwhelm your kitchen.

With its earthy, warm and neutral tone, you can combine any number of warmer colors with it, as well as textures and kitchen styles.

2. Pale, Barely-There Blue

We get it — sometimes it’s difficult to stray away from neutral colors in the kitchen because that’s what you’re used to and it’s easy to work with. But if you’ve outgrown an all-white kitchen, this palest of blue shades is a brilliant option to ease out of your comfort zone. 

Barely-there blue delivers the same timeless feel as white does, it’s far more neutral than most people realize and it will give your kitchen a peaceful, crisp, and clean feel. 

To add to this, the color blue has a number of psychological advantages — it creates a calming vibe, which is great if your kitchen is a busy, noisy place. 

3. Earthy, Sage Green

Back in 2018, sage green made its entrance into the design world as a gorgeous cabinet color of choice. In 2021, it seems that sage green is still as on-trend as ever.

The great thing about this hue is its subtle grey undertone which actually makes the color quite neutral. So it’s perfect for several different color combinations. Sage green is also a grounding color, it’s earthy and rich, and creates a calm yet welcoming feel in any size kitchen. 

This color is best combined with a soft grey shade on your surrounding kitchen walls. 

4. Soft and Subtle Pink

We know what you’re thinking — pink on kitchen cabinets? But believe it or not, this soft pink shade has the same effect as the above-mentioned sage green. It’s light and subtle enough that it works as a neutral color in your kitchen which can still be combined with other shades. 

This shade of pink is down-to-earth and calming and is an excellent replacement color if you want to change up your white or beige cabinets. It’s also one of those shades that will help you to ease out of your color comfort zone. 

Shade variations such as a muted terracotta are also popular for the foreseeable future. You can use this soft, pink hue to brighten up a tired kitchen.   

5. Bold, Matte Black

This is another wildcard color trend for kitchen cabinets in 2021, but if you’re feeling brave and want to make a real statement in your kitchen, this is the way to do it. 

At the moment, the color combination of black and white in kitchens is a huge trend. The juxtaposition of these contrasting colors creates depth, perspective, and visual interest. However, matte black is only recommended for larger kitchens. If your kitchen is on the small side, this color could only make it appear smaller.

In order to pull off the black and white look, it’s important to have an equal balance between the two shades. For example, you could paint your lower cabinets in matte black, as well as your cladding and kitchen island. Then white-colored top cabinets will help to balance it all out.  

6. Showstopping Peacock Blue

If you’re a color lover, then this is the hue for you. Jewel tones are having a moment and 2021 is all about peacock shades of blue. Other tones such as citrine, ruby, and emerald are also on-trend, but for kitchens specifically, peacock blue is a top choice. 

Yes, this is a rich, highly saturated shade so it’s also best for kitchens on the larger side. Or, you might want to incorporate it on an accent wall, rather than your cabinets, if you prefer bold colors in smaller doses. 

This being said, peacock blue is an elegant and calming tone. It also pairs well with a variety of neutral colors, especially crisp white trim. 

So, you’ve chosen your cabinet color, but what about the rest of your kitchen and the colors that would pair best with your cabinets? The color combination you choose has a massive impact on the look and feel of your kitchen, after all. 

For some inspiration, here are the color combination trends you might want to consider: 

1. The Warm Color Palette

If you want your kitchen to portray a lively, inviting, and energetic feel, then this is the color combination palette to opt for. Colors that pair well in this palette include burgundy, orange hues, moody greys, and light-colored wood. 

2. The Fresh Color Palette

If you prefer muted tones and a fresh, clean, and open feel to your kitchen, then you want to go for a fresh color palette. Popular colors include light green, such as sage, light/pale blue, as well as the crisp tones of white and light gray. 

You could also combine different colors and metals for a fresh feel in your kitchen, such as white and silver, or sage and brass. 

3. The Dark Color Palette

A dark color palette does not concentrate on creating a dark kitchen, but rather using darker hues as an effective tool for decorating. Dark colors are great for creating contrast, depth, and visual interest. 

You might want to consider colors such as matte black, contrasted with white, or pops of deep red, contrasted with lighter shades of wood. 

What Are the Best Colors For Small Kitchens? 

Let’s get real for a second — not everyone has a huge, spacious kitchen to work with. And when it comes time to pick your color combinations, you want to choose the best hues that maximize the space you do have. 

In other words, you have to choose colors that work with your space, rather than against it. 

However, this doesn’t mean you are limited in terms of color choice, and you don’t have to stick to lighter shades, either. If you want to add darker tones, you just need to do so wisely. 

If you want to create a real feeling of space and openness in your kitchen, you want to stick to lighter colors on your walls and kitchen cabinets. You can incorporate pops of darker tones in other areas, such as on an accent wall, in your backsplash, and on kitchen cladding. 

Keep this in mind — uniformity helps to make a kitchen look bigger. But pops of color are a good idea if you want to add depth and a little visual interest, too. 

A good mix of base shades for smaller kitchens includes white, taupe, cream, and light gray. These colors help to open up space and give your kitchen a sophisticated, elegant feel. 

The white tone you choose also makes a difference to the feel of a kitchen. If your kitchen is more traditional, opt for a warmer shade of white. If your kitchen is more modern or contemporary, a cooler shade of white would work better. 

Some popular colorful tones to go for include blue hues, sea greens, sunny yellow, mint green, and sage green. If you’re feeling quite bold, you could incorporate pops of black, emerald green, sapphire, and red in small doses for a touch of character.  

Aside from incorporating color in your kitchen cabinets, there are a few trends doing the rounds that include unique ways to add color and vibrancy to your kitchen. Let’s say you don’t quite have the budget to re-do your cabinets, here are some other ways to incorporate color: 

  • A bright kitchen island — this is a great way to inject a color focus in your kitchen and it will stand out beautifully against neutral walls and cabinets 
  • Kitchen wallpaper — if you want to add not only color but texture and pattern to your kitchen, wallpaper on your main walls or an accent wall can do wonders 
  • A painted ceiling — to add depth and visual flair to your kitchen, why not paint your ceiling or add wood paneling? 

Ultimately, kitchen color choice is very personal. While you shouldn’t be put off by bright tones, you also want to think about home resale value and color combinations that will stand the test of time. 

Looking For Kitchen Remodeling Expertise in 2021? 

If a kitchen remodeling project is on your radar this year, Cyprus Construction offers an expert kitchen renovation and remodeling team. With us, you can bring your ultimate kitchen vision to life with years of professional expertise, an eye for detail, and only the best quality work. 

Get in touch with our team today and we can discuss your kitchen plans and requirements to get the ball rolling on your dream kitchen renovation. 

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