Biophilia-Inspired Colors, Materials Seen Impacting Kitchen Cabinetry

by Autumn McGarr

JASPER, IN — Deep forest greens, burnt whites, statement grays, lustrous wood and organic patterns will be among the key trends impacting kitchen cabinetry in 2021, according to the latest in an annual series of design and trend reports issued by MasterBrand Cabinets.

According to MasterBrand’s “2021 Cabinet Framework” report, based on insights from industry experts, consumers’ desires and key cultural trends, the kitchen will serve increasingly as a multi-use space, due to the growing number of families working, learning, playing and dining together, along with homeowners “seeking biophilic elements to mimic nature and contribute positively to their health and wellbeing.”

“As a result, people are craving nurturing environments to promote relaxation, connect them to nature and ease their minds,” said Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends for the Jasper, IN-based MasterBrand, whose cabinet brands include Aristokraft, Decorá, Diamond, Schrock, Kemper, HomeCrest, KitchenCraft, Omega, Mid Continent, Ultracraft and Starmark.

“Incorporating nature-inspired colors and materials into the kitchen will create an indoor retreat, helping families cohabitate peacefully in the year ahead,” Pierce observed.

Among the cabinet trends identified by MasterBrand Cabinets’ design team were the use of “serene” colors such as:

Foxhall Green: A bold evergreen, synonymous with nature, used as cabinet finish or an accent on a kitchen island.

Dried Thyme: A soft green that is harmoniously neutral to any landscape-based pallet, making it versatile enough to use alone or with other colors.

Toasted Colada: A warm, off-white color that can elevate a space and complement a variety of design aesthetics, from traditional to coastal.

Serious Gray: A rich yet serene gray hue that is balanced by a contrasting neutral.

MasterBrand also forecast the increased use of walnut or walnut-inspired laminate, potentially paired with gold details, black finishes and green accents, and bold, modern finishes such as cabana and mohair.

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