Anthony Hopkins's unpainted cabinets exemplify an unexpected kitchen trend that designers love

The pared-back kitchen unintentionally taps into a future trend aesthetic – here's what we can learn from his neutral space

Anthony Hopkins
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It's certainly not uncommon for designers to discuss the colors they predict will shape kitchen trends, especially at this point in the calendar when we anticipate the new year ahead. Among the most talked-about trend forecasts is a desire for neutral, unpainted cabinets that are refreshingly pared-back, and in their case, their lack of color is what makes them so sought-after.  

Actor Anthony Hopkins recently shared footage from his Malibu home, and while the internet was inevitably distracted by his dancing, we were slightly preoccupied with his minimalist wooden kitchen cabinets

The light-brown wooden cabinets are noticeably unpainted, allowing the natural hues to impress – and it's a style that designers say will shape future kitchen trends.

According to Ruth Lavender, the design expert at Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery, pared-back cabinets, similar to Anthony Hopkins's, boast a Nordic-style aesthetic that is one of the most exciting styles to look out for in 2024. 

'With a heavy focus on functionality, the Nordic style leans towards modernism and minimalism, with a touch of coziness,' she says. 'Washed, natural woodgrains work especially well within this trend, as they introduce texture and warmth while still falling within the trend’s color palette.' 

Anthony pairs his kitchen cabinets with silver hardware, but they also pair beautifully with matt black hardware and reflective, warm metallics like copper. 

Kitchen expert
Ruth Lavender
Kitchen expert
Ruth Lavender

Ruth Lavender is the design expert at Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery, a UK-based manufacturer known for their range of high-quality kitchens. They offer on-trend looks and have shaped kitchen design in the country for over 15 years.

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'Remember, a neutral palette doesn’t need to lack character – personality can be introduced through textured cabinet doors, subtly patterned wallpapers, and bold-veined marble splashback,' Ruth emphasizes. To accentuate our space (and complement this natural finish), she recommends pairing the cabinets with art and houseplants that will tap into the Nordic look further. 

Senior Designer at Second Nature, Ashleigh Hanwell, agrees. She adds that a minimalist kitchen 'will never go out of style' as it is inherently timeless and doesn’t rely on a particular pattern or color. 

'This longevity makes it the perfect choice for homeowners who want a kitchen that keeps on giving, without the need to update it constantly,' she says.

'Kitchens with minimalist elements often incorporate lots of natural light and a neutral color palette creating a beautifully bright and welcoming room, which is particularly appealing in smaller homes.'

Cabinets aside, we're buying our way into Anthony's home with these picks below:

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.