Amber Valletta's simple kitchen cabinet color embraces the organic modern trend that is huge in 2024

The model's kitchen color scheme celebrates classic, warm shades and natural materials. Interior designers explain why they love the look

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Sometimes, the best color is no color at all. Amber Valletta's unpainted kitchen cabinets demonstrate the timeless beauty of using natural materials, rather than shades of paint, to create ambiance in the home.

The supermodel's kitchen is an oasis of organic textures. From the gray marble backsplash to the stone canisters on the countertop, Valletta's admiration of materials from the outdoors is evident. This sense is increased and grounded by the natural wood of her kitchen cabinets. The light, simply grained woodwork brings a softness, and modern Scandinavian feel to the Studio Rob Diaz designed space.

This organic modern scheme is endlessly appealing because of its psychological appeal, beautiful texture, and its versatility.

The unpainted, wood cabinet interior design trend became popular for its naturally calming energy. 

Olivia Crosher, designer and visual stylist for Naturewall states: 'Textures and colors inspired by nature will still stand strong as a frontrunner for 2024 trends due to their calming nature, which help create a safe haven in our homes.' She continues, 'bringing in natural materials such as wood and greenery creates an instant connection to nature, which has been proven to have health benefits.' We see this balance in Valletta's kitchen between the marble backsplash and the natural wood cabinets.

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As opposed to paint, natural wood has much more movement that adds visual interest to a space, hence its popularity as a kitchen cabinet trend. 'Texture will always be a key interior feature used to add depth and interest to a space, particularly important for creating a warm and welcoming home,' says Crosher. She adds: 'More attention will be paid to materiality in 2024, due to the ever-increasing importance of sustainability and where they come from.'

Valletta's natural wood's status as a neutral color also goes a long way in making the style a timeless look. Nina Lichtenstein, Westchester-based interior designer tells Homes & Gardens: 'By choosing the right neutral cabinet color, avoiding overly bold or dark hues, and implementing brightening techniques, you can create a warm and inviting kitchen that serves as the heart of your home.' She continues, 'neutral cabinets provide a versatile canvas for expressing your personal style and creating a timeless and elegant space.'

Nina Lichtenstein
Nina Lichtenstein

Nina Lichtenstein is the founder and principal home designer at her eponymous design studio, based in Westchester, NY. Nina believes that home design should capture a family’s unique spirit by how it serves the family's daily needs while nourishing the soul. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant living spaces. 

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Even if you aren't planning to implement an entire wall of natural wood cabinets in your kitchen, you can reap the benefits of the natural material with a few well-placed wooden kitchen accessories. Items like this kitchen prep set, lazy Susan, and dry goods canister sit can be placed on the counter indefinitely as functional decor.

Valletta's kitchen is masterclass in a muted, naturally inspired color scheme that takes the lead from the outdoor world. Now that the look is becoming a popular interior design trend, we can't wait to see more.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.