Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors in 2020

Kitchen design is constantly evolving. Color trends, in particular, tend to surface in kitchens before they hit other areas of the home. As a result, areas otherwise resigned to meal prep have become the perfect showcases for daring looks that capture the best and brightest trends.

At Plain & Fancy, we're well aware of the latest crazes in kitchen design — and while we're always excited to see style updates, we're especially loving the inspiring aesthetics in store for 2020.

Color palettes, in particular, are starting to shift, with several beautiful, yet accessible hues making their way into today's most impressive kitchens. Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Pantone have all released noteworthy colors and collections, several of which we're already seeing in today's most up-to-date kitchens.

With so many options available, choosing the right shade can feel overwhelming. We're here to help. Below, we've outlined a few of the biggest kitchen cabinet color trends set to make their mark in 2020, as well as accessible options for incorporating these lovely hues into your space.

The Zen Appeal of Earthy Blues And Greens

Soft, peaceful colors will dominate kitchens in 2020. Stressed by the craziness of modern life, homeowners are more eager than ever to incorporate an element of zen into their personal space. This can easily be accomplished with the right colors.

Earthy shades of blue and green, in particular, can make any room feel like a safe haven. These muted colors bring the peaceful vibes of a yoga studio into the kitchen. The only thing that can make a kitchen more calming is a hot cup of chamomile tea.

While earthy colors have traditionally been reserved for bedrooms, bathrooms, and other peaceful enclaves, they're quickly making a splash in virtually every aspect of the modern kitchen. We're thrilled to see these hues represented in cabinets, backsplashes, and even flooring. This versatility is evident not only in their placement, but also in the colors themselves. The following is just one excellent example of some of peaceful, down-to-earth hues we expect to take over in 2020.

Sherwin Williams: Naval

As Sherwin Williams' Color of the Year, Naval reflects a growing emphasis on quiet confidence, especially among those who realize that bold looks can still be grounded. This hue also intends to inspire a "fresh decade of change." It allows homeowners to achieve a crisp, clean look without opting for the all-white aesthetics that dominated kitchens of the past decade. Despite its classic appeal, this color also has a celebratory feel, thanks to its hint of Art Deco opulence.

Combining White Cabinets With Pops of Color

There is a lot to love about a simple, white kitchen. Clean and crisp, this go-to color can give even the tiniest room a spacious feel. It's easy to see why white has dominated kitchens for over a decade — and why, as the ultimate classic kitchen color, it's capable of standing the test of time.

We adore white, but there's nothing wrong with adding a little extra color. The right kitchen design allows you to capture the best of both worlds: the crisp look of white and the vibrant beauty of bold colors.

In 2020, pops of color will deliver a fresh feel in white kitchens. The following hues, in particular, should prove transformative if used sparingly:


Turquoise may not be the first color that comes to mind when you picture a stylish kitchen, but that's about to change. Why reserve this stunning look exclusively for your jewelry collection?

While turquoise may be too bold to complete take over the kitchen, occasional bursts of color carry vibrant appeal. Light shades can be beautiful in the right context, but darker takes on turquoise may prove more in keeping with the earthy color trend referenced above.


Bright, clean, and cheery, lemon brings much-needed zest to kitchen environments. It's best used sparingly, of course, but the right details can bring an otherwise simple and straightforward space to life.

Lemon pairs wonderfully with white but also looks lovely alongside other neutrals. It's a great option for kitchens that lack natural lighting, as it can make any space seem lighter and more cheerful.


Millennials love avocados, but why limit this obsession to food? Turns out, avocado is just as amazing in kitchen design as it is in guacamole. This unique color provides a softer, lighter take on the earthy shades expected to dominate in 2020.

Used in excess, avocado may feel less like a Millennial trend and more like an excessive throwback to the 70s. A little white, however, will break it up to maintain a crisp and clean appearance.

How to Balance White With Hints of Trendy Color

Options abound for highlighting trendy colors in kitchen cabinets. All-white cabinets, for example, may help backsplashes, hardware, and other details pop.

Two-tone styles offer a bolder look while still remaining decidedly versatile. This cabinet trend was a hit in 2019 — and it's only picking up steam. Consider pairing a dark lower shade such as deep turquoise with white upper cabinets.

Another option for making a statement with color: a distinctive island featuring cabinets in turquoise, lemon, or another vibrant color. This will provide the perfect focal point in a neutral-dominant kitchen.

Whether you dream of an earthy kitchen or prefer bursts of vibrant color, you'll have no trouble envisioning your ideal kitchen as you explore the most trendy colors of 2020. The right cabinets can bring your design to life, ensuring a cohesive space that instantly feels like home.

Family-owned and operated for over five decades, Plain & Fancy is committed to excellence in customer care and cabinet installation. We have an eye for design — and we can help you craft a beautiful kitchen that will stand the test of time. Feel free to stop by our Schaefferstown design center, where you'll find plenty of inspiration. You're also welcome to visit a showroom close to home. Contact us today to learn more.

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