It’s a new year and that means new kitchen design trends! As homeowners continue to want open-space layouts that integrate the kitchen with living areas, kitchen cabinet design and color schemes continue to evolve in order to create harmony and a natural flow between these spaceswithout sacrificing the functional demands a kitchen needs to deliver. Greater visibility (i.e., kitchen spaces being more ‘out in the open’) along with customers’ desire to add more tech capability in their kitchens while wanting to keep it all hidden behind-the-scenes means that the focus on kitchen cabinet design—and kitchen cabinet finishhas never been greater.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recently published its “The NKBA List: Cabinetry Trends and 2019 Forecast“, where they share trends identified by Stephanie Pierce of MasterBrand Cabinets. In terms of natural wood kitchen cabinet finish, Pierce notes that defined wood grains (walnut, oak, cherry, ash and elm) deliver both depth and “desert and winter forest tones” with minimal color. Along these tonal lines, she highlights a theme of “dirtier” whites–khaki tones and off-whites–for painted finishes throughout her trend report.  These muted shades of nature are reminiscent of the grey-scale tones from our 2017 Kitchen Cabinet Color Forecast—only the palette is a bit lighter in shade now.

Another trend we’re seeing, as reported by Kitchen & Bath Business in their Houzz design trend report, is using black as an accent–for kitchen islands or range hoods–and they predict more black cabinetry paired with white walls, backsplashes and countertops.  The kitchen that got the most saves on Houzz in 2018 though? The mixed finish one in natural walnut and custom gray with white quartz countertops…by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs/Madison, NJ.

It’s no wonder then, given the trends of muted, natural, calming tones we’re seeing for kitchen cabinet finish, that Benjamin Moore has selected Metropolitan AF-690 as its Color of the Year 2019. According to Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence,

“It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

Target Coatings Custom Color Matching

We’re happy to work with you to create the perfect custom color match—we’ll expertly match your favorite Benjamin Moore™, Farrow & Ball™ and Sherwin Williams™ colors in our custom tint lab—and our EM6500 Pigmented water-based Lacquer is available in Pastel Base, MidTone Base, Deep Base and Clear Base so any color can be matched with water-based UTC or Zero-VOC tinting systems.