Trends in Kitchen Cabinets You Might See in 2020

Just because kitchen cabinets are functional elements does not mean they should be ordinary. In fact, they make up a significant part of your design palette, so it pays to know the trends. Here are some you might see in 2020 for kitchen cabinets.


Most people don’t know the word larder, let alone have one in their home. The original purpose of the larder was to preserve raw meat smothered in lard, hence the name.  These were the days when there were no refrigerators and people needed a cool place to keep the meat from spoiling.  Eventually, the use of the word expanded to refer to a room where you stored food in general.

Today, meat and other perishables go into the freezer and refrigerator, but designers are including kitchen larders in the layout for dry foodstuff such as cans, packets, and bags of food. They can range from a whole room to a tall cabinet, depending on the space.

The idea is to keep just food in it. Most people call it a pantry, although a pantry is not exclusive to storing food. Whatever you call it, you can make it as pretty and distinctive as you want it as long as you have enough space and a place for everything. You can even show off your organizational skills by putting in a glass front or screened door.

Recycled materials

Cabinetmakers use a variety of wood materials for RTA cabinets, but recycled materials are making waves in remodeling circles. If you want to be in fashion, you can get custom cabinets using recycled materials. This can range from reclaimed wood to recycled plastic. However, custom cabinets are pricey, so you can keep it budget friendly by choosing RTA cabinet boxes and recycled materials for the door.

Open shelves

Some people dislike the idea of open shelves (probably because of the work involved in keeping the contents organized), but it is nevertheless a big trend in kitchens today. It is a good way to show off your collectibles without being in your face about it and maximizes the storage space as there are no doors in the way. The best way to use open shelves is to place daily stuff on the lower shelves for easy access and your display stuff on the upper shelves.

While you’re at it, you might also want to look at putting in vintage plate racks that is coming back strong into fashion. You can mount it on the walls or on the countertops, and actually use them to store dishes. This is the perfect example of functional décor.

Hardware mix

The days of matching everything in the kitchen is past. The trend for 2020 is to mix and match materials, especially when it comes to your hardware. Do not be afraid to choose brass for your faucets, nickel for your cabinet doors, and copper for your light fixtures. The trick is to make sure the metals you choose complements or matches its background, such as the color of your cabinets. You can also soften the hard edges of the metal by choosing orb lights.

On a related trend, many people are finding two-toned cabinets attractive. You can choose one color for the wall cabinets, and another for base cabinets. In most cases, you should choose the lighter color for the wall cabinets to keep the kitchen from looking caved in.  Any color with gray undertones is an elegant choice for base cabinets, and will work with most kitchen styles.

False fronts

You might have seen homes where there appears to be no appliances in the kitchen, only to realize they are hidden behind false cabinet fronts. Guess what? These are trending for 2020. You can easily ask your cabinet supplier to provide doors that match the rest of your cabinets and hide major appliances such as your dishwasher, refrigerator, and even your range hood. This is especially clever with small spaces, as the visual continuity makes it look more spacious.

A related trend is hiding smaller appliances such as microwave ovens and coffee makers behind wall cabinets that run down to the countertops. Typically, wall cabinets hang at least 18 inches above the countertops.  While this might mean less countertop space available, it also means a sleeker look to your kitchen. Break it up a little with small cutouts or decorative knobs for visual interest.

Texture tales

A good way to add variation to a monochromatic or neutral kitchen is to experiment with textures. Bead board, shiplap, raw edges, smooth stone, and bare metal can all add some drama to the room. You can also use different types of wood for the floors, walls, and ceiling to make your kitchen more interesting.

In fact, one of the trends you will see in 2020 is the use of pecky cypress finish. It has the uneven, used look of reclaimed wood because it inherently has cavities and burrows that give the surface a grainy texture.  You can use it to cover the range hood and the base cabinets for your kitchen island.


Kitchen trends are a good guide for choosing your new cabinets for 2020. If you are not sure if any of these trends will work for your kitchen, look through the design options from Cabinets City. We service cities such as Chicago, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Hoffman Estate, Elk Grove Village, and surrounding areas.

We carry the best cabinets brands in the country, from RTA to custom cabinets, and at the best prices compared to Cabinets To Go and Advance Cabinets. These include Schrock, Fabuwood, J and K, Forevermark, and Wolf Cabinets, each of which come with manufacturer warranties. We always deliver on time, so you will not have to worry about keeping your schedule to stay in budget.

We also have a large inventory of granite and marble slabs, and work with top quartz brands, so we can supply you with anything you need for your kitchen remodel. You can visit our showroom in Mt. Prospect, Illinois to see before you buy.

We can advise you on the best cabinets for your kitchen. Give us a call for a free consultation and quote!

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