Planning on painting your kitchen cabinets this summer? Your head is likely swimming with ideas about colors and finishes. In 2022, there are plenty of innovative looks and eye-popping trends that are making their way into homes across the country. 

To help you wade through them and decide, here are some popular options for your cabinets and the rest of your kitchen.

Natural Influences

More and more, people want to bring the feeling of nature inside. What better way to do that than using sustainable and natural materials? This includes everything from marble and granite countertops to biophilic design with plants and natural wood features. It also opens up a world of color options from soft mossy greens to sunny yellows. Adding in botanical prints and decor, like green glassware and ceramics, can further invoke nature and add a sense of peace and calm to your kitchen. 

Bold Contrasts

No longer do you have to pick one color to paint your kitchen cabinets with. Instead, with today’s trends, choosing two opposing colors is becoming increasingly popular. Think pink and green or white and black. 

In fact, contrasting colors – which are simply opposites on the color wheel – are becoming the new “accent island.” Instead of painting your island a bold color and the remaining kitchen cabinets a neutral, you can paint your lower, base cabinets a darker color and your upper cabinets a lighter shade. This approach helps to ground the bottom cabinets and create a unique and distinct separation between the wall cabinets.

This look is also ideal if you don’t have a kitchen island, giving you the ability to achieve the same dramatic effect. You can even further personalize and enhance your cabinets through techniques like glazing and antiquing.  

Black Kitchens

Black kitchens are another trend growing in popularity in 2022. Oftentimes, black is used as an accent or color or in limited areas, since it can be overwhelming if you’re not careful. 

However, painting kitchen cabinets – and even walls – black infuses a sense of mystery and luxury to any indoor space. Today’s sophisticated homeowners are even opting for black appliances with this trend. 

You can add some charm or a rustic sensibility with wood floors, a textured wood table or hardwood cabinets in your kitchen island. Just be careful not to go overboard with black if you have a small space and limited natural light.

Unexpected Colors

The rule of thumb for 2022 is that there are no rules. Painting your kitchen cabinets in the season ahead offers endless options and a rainbow of colors, along with a range of unique choices for window treatments, decor, table linens, appliances, flooring, backsplash tile, and more. 

If you’re not planning on selling your home anytime soon, you can go all-in on whatever look suits you. Keep in mind too, that one of the easiest ways to change your kitchen is by painting the walls and cabinets. So if you don’t love the end result, you won’t have to live with an expensive and permanent mistake. 

Selecting a color for painting your kitchen cabinets should be all about you and what you love – whether it’s bright yellow or a warm green. Another good way to achieve a unique and interesting look without a big commitment is to paint your cabinets a neutral shade, like white, cream, or a soft gray, and then add pops of color through area rugs, island stools, artwork, and floral or botanical arrangements. You can also install unusual hardware that stands out. 

Walnut Cabinets

If you have hardwood kitchen cabinets, then stripping the paint off and refinishing them is another choice that’s gaining momentum in 2022. This is especially true when it comes to walnut cabinetry. Known for being durable and easy to maintain, it also delivers on drama thanks to its darker color and fine grain. 

If you don’t love the look of your cabinets unpainted, then consider installing some hardwood features, like floating wood shelves. These are not only functional but beautiful and on-trend, too.

White Cabinets

Painted kitchen cabinets are also on the rise in 2022 because they are practical and long-lasting. With so many choices for paint colors, you can also get the distinct look you want without compromising on color. 

Of course, when it comes to specific hues, white still tops the list. It’s crisp and fresh, while also reflecting light, making your space appear larger. It’s an ideal choice whether your home is traditional, urban, modern, or country and can be easily repainted if you want to add some color down the line.

Get Professional Help Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

At N-Hance®, we’re on top of the latest trends and can help you make selections you love. We have 12 colors to choose from on our paint palette, as well as 12 different stains for wood finishes. We can even customize a color specifically for painting your kitchen cabinets if you provide us with a sample. In addition, we offer a range of sheens, from matte and satin to semi-gloss, as well as techniques, like glazing or torching.  

If you’re not sure what color you want for your kitchen cabinet painting project, we can help you with your decision. We’ll bring samples to your home, as well as discuss the size of your kitchen, the layout, the amount of light you get, and other features. We’ll also make recommendations, so you get newly painted cabinets that suit your home and your personality. 

Painting your kitchen cabinets? Take advantage of these or other trends with help from N-Hance. Call (855) 642-6230 to set up a FREE consultation.