Michelle Pfeiffer's rustic farmhouse kitchen cabinet color has stress-relieving qualities, say experts

The actress' cabinets tap into a major interior design trend – but experts say there's more to this hue than its aesthetic

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Natural wood is having a major moment. The simple, organically-grained material appears across bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, and more. In Michelle Pfeiffer's kitchen, the detail takes the form of unpainted cabinets in a light, cozy wood with dark brass pulls.

The actress's kitchen has a rustic farmhouse design with a textural tile backsplash and warm granite countertops. Her warm wood cabinets steal the show creating a cozy and inviting environment in the space.

Michelle's kitchen cabinet idea has been an increasing trend in all different kinds of houses. Megan Slack, head of celebrity news at Homes & Gardens states: 'We're seeing unpainted kitchen cabinets in a diverse range of homes. From a modern contemporary space like Brie Larson's kitchen to a mid-century modern home like Chrissy Teigen's, to a natural, warm house like Courteney Cox's kitchen, the look is becoming more and more ubiquitous.'

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interior titles, including Livingetc, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. Now, she 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, she lived in New York, where I also wrote for NYC-based publications.

She continues on the interior design trend, stating: 'We often look to celebrities to influence how we decorate our own homes, so it's only logical that we'll start to see wooden cabinets across interiors. I love this style because it is so versatile. By changing the type of wood, the finish, or the cabinet handles, you can create a completely different feel using just this one material.'

Dondi Szombatfalvy, Wisconsin-based kitchen and bathroom designer at Sims, shares Megan's admiration for the cabinet trend in Michelle Pfeiffer's kitchen. She states: 'Wood tones in kitchen cabinets, especially from even-grained wood like rift cut and quartersawn white oak, is an emerging trend that can provide stylish contrast in a space.'

dondi
Dondi Szombatfalvy

With over two decades of experience, Dondi stands out as a leading kitchen and bath designer in Wisconsin. Her approach to design combines aesthetics with practicality, ensuring that every space she creates is perfectly suited to the homeowner's lifestyle. Recognized by NARI and NKBA for her outstanding work, Dondi is not only a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer but also a Certified Living-in-Place Professional. This certification underscores her commitment to creating spaces that are safe, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone. 

However, the benefits of wood kitchen cabinets go beyond aesthetics. First, they can help to create a lasting kitchen. Dondi states, 'On the practical side wood grain can camouflage abuse that a well-loved kitchen can experience over time.'

Furthermore, this type of design can help to make a kitchen more relaxing. Dondi states, 'Biophilic design, which describes bringing natural elements into our living spaces, such as through the presence of natural wood, has been shown to have a positive influence on our well-being. For instance, being around natural materials can help reduce stress levels and improve wellness.'

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If a full remodel is out of the question, you can bring a touch of wood into your home using a wooden cutting board. With tastemakers like Michelle Pfeiffer behind the look, it's sure to grow more and more popular.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when she is researching trends or interior history. Before joining Future, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has a MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.