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8 Kitchen Cabinet Colors That are Edging Out White in 2021

Kitchen cabinets covered in cool grays and stark whites have attained classic status. But, 2021 welcomes a host of bold new kitchen cabinet colors, from light, earthy greens to rich, moody blacks. Theres even room for yellow and pink in this years lineup. Consider eight of the hottest cabinet colors in 2021  and how to incorporate them in your kitchen design.

Navy blue

A dark navy or midnight blue can provide the perfect solution for those who want a modern aesthetic thats a step above all-black and all-white. With cool, gray undertones, this color complements neutral shades so well it might as well be a one. Pair your navy cabinets with quartz countertops in a solid white and enhance the color contrast with a subway tile backsplash. Depending on your taste, accent the cabinets with silver or gold hardware and complete the look with wood elements, from the floors all the way up to floating, open shelves.

Subtle sage

Sage is a top contender color in this years leading kitchen cabinet colors. It marries modern and vintage tastes and is a great choice for any homeowner hoping to pull inspiration from the outdoors. This earthy, gray-green hue has a warm, calming vibe that you can enhance with natural materials such as hardwood floors with a clear finish. For the countertops and hardware, select solid whites and blacks, so your cabinets maintain their place as the focal point in the room. Finally, finish off the look with some copper canisters and terra-cotta pottery for decor.

Elegant emerald

Popular colors of the 1970s are making a comeback, and this particular shade is paving the way. Emerald green is a favorite among homeowners who love a high-end, classic aesthetic. Black marble countertops add depth to this luxurious color, but you can also opt for a white granite, concrete or even a wooden butcher block. For a touch of glamour, select gold knobs and light fixtures and consider a decorative tile backsplash. With this gorgeous jewel-toned green, your kitchen is sure to be the talk of the neighborhood.

Deep teal

For the folks who are equally drawn to greens and blues, Benjamin Moores 2021 color of the year is here for you. Teal features a rich, oceanic complexion, blending deep greens and blues with a hint of a gray. With so many colors coalescing to produce this shade, youll want to keep the rest of your color palette tame. Anchor your lower cabinets with a vivid teal, then top them with a blonde butcher block and copper fixtures. Or, try a more modern approach with solid white from the counters to the ceiling and muted black hardware.

Jet black

Vintage and farmhouse styles have been trending for years, with white Shaker-style cabinets dominating many kitchen designs. But, in 2021, black is stealing the show. Dark, moody shades can give your kitchen an elegant, luxurious feel while natural elements soften the look. Contrast this smoky tone with bright white countertops and keep accents minimal and subtle, such as sleek silver hardware and a vase of dried eucalyptus. If you want to make a statement in your kitchen, this dramatic color choice is sure to wow your guests.

Rusty red

Reclaimed wood is an absolute necessity for a cabin-like kitchen design. But, couple the material with a rustic red, and youve found a match made in heaven. Red cabinetry has a cozy, welcoming feel, emulating weathered bricks or an aged red barn. This color will make its presence known, so, if youre leery of red on all the cabinetry, try just the island. Then, consider surrounding your rust-colored centerpiece with dark wood cabinets, or if youre loving the look, continue the red across all your cabinetry. Embrace the warmth with natural quartzite counters featuring beige undertones. FYI: This color palette is an exceptional option for any modern Texas ranch.

Sunny yellow

For a vibrant color thats sure to catch the eye, coat your kitchen cabinets in a ray of sunshine. This brilliant shade is perfect for a variety of styles, from retro to country. Yellow is also an ideal choice for small kitchens, as light, bright tones can make spaces feel larger. Like the rusty red, yellow works well as an accent color, especially on the island or lower cabinets. But, if youd prefer to make a bolder impression in your kitchen design, carry the color to all the cabinets. Balance this cheery hue with alabaster countertops, ample lighting, and silver hardware.

Blush pink

Before your mind drifts to bows and bubble gum, many popular pinks in 2021 feature a beige undertone, straddling the line between neutral and bold. Pink cabinetry offers a stylish and sophisticated alternative to moody blacks and grays and provides homeowners with an opportunity to express their playful side. If youd like to incorporate more color, consider pairing the pink with sage or navy and incorporating some brass hardware. You can also use a decorative tile on the floors or backsplash to lean more retro. Or, keep your color palette calm and contemporary with bright whites, concrete grays, and natural woods.

Pictured at top: a spectacular and chic contemporary kitchen from our listing at 2837 Park Bridge Court inDallas, available for $2,595,000

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