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Kitchen Cabinetry Trends

The experts at our DesignHouse have identified the top stain and paint color trends for kitchen cabinets. 

No longer seen as just a functional space, the kitchen has undergone a transformation and has become a true cornerstone for the home’s design. Today's homebuyers value self-expression, customization and maximizing the appeal of the rooms they spend the most time in—open formats, painted cabinets, mixed materials like metal, glass and concrete, and smooth, matte finishes are gaining prevalence. The ornate carvings, corbels and thick moldings of yesterday are giving way to the rise of the clean, European-inspired look.

Experts at the Sherwin-Williams DesignHouse are immersed in the product development process, which includes identifying emerging color and style trends in the kitchen cabinet industry to help you ensure your palette is comprehensive, making it easy to go to market with the right finishes.



Stain Trends

Here are the stain trends the color and design experts at our DesignHouse are forecasting for the next several years. Download the color card to see the 16 most popular SHER-WOOD SB Stains.

Natural Grain SB034

Chocolate Brownie SB014

Nature SB007

Graystone SB001

Warm Tan SB028

Antique Barrel SB036

Black Forest SB016

Tea with Milk SB050

Warm Gray SB009

Soft Sand SB039

Warm Toffee SB004

Winter Sky SB005

Charcoal SB002

Perfect Brown SB038

Sweet Honey SB035

Golden Sunshine SB024


Nostalgic browns continue to grow in popularity, skewing away from the yellow, orange, and red undertones of yesterday and toward more modern rich ebony and dark chocolate hues. These grounding finishes add a touch of understated luxury to the home.


As consumers become exhausted with technology, they seek to create a calming refuge in their home. Because of this, we’ve seen a shift to a simpler, more organic home design that contributes to a sense of serenity, with “barely there” finishes and authentic wood that magnifies nature’s imperfections coming to the forefront.



Texture is more popular than ever, with distressed rustic finishes, cerused materials, and geometric patterns leading the way. Charred finishes are also prevalent, and the industry is experiencing a shift from cooler to warmer tones. As personalization becomes more important, these one-of-a-kind finishes allow consumers to add a unique sense of flair to their space.


Minimalistic and streamlined. Scandinavian-inspired finishes serve as a great backdrop for airy whites and neutrals or pops of color. While grays are still very prevalent, warmer blonde finishes are gaining in popularity, as well, consumers look to bring a sense of subtle lightness and calmness into the home.


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