Mindy Kaling's wooden cabinets signal an earthy kitchen trend shaping how we decorate going forward

Designers forecast a rise in natural kitchen cabinets this 2024 – and their emerging popularity is understandable

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This year, kitchen cabinets are going back to their roots. Goodbye gray, goodbye white, and goodbye black cabinets; 2024 is all about natural wood. Mindy Kaling has opted for this stylish look, and it creates a beautiful, quietly luxurious look in her home.

The comedian integrates natural wood kitchen cabinets with a stainless steel stove hood, white marble countertops, and a white marble backsplash. Her space looks cozy, natural, and warm, accented with a red Le Creuset Kettle.

Interior designers love the kitchen cabinet color for its cozy energy and its timeless elegance. Jennifer Ebert, Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens states: 'Though this look is currently popular, it is never going out of style. Natural wood is neutral enough that it can go with any other kitchen color. Plus, it's easy to paint over if you decide you want a change.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

'Not to mention, it can look so beautiful when paired with the right features,' adds Jenoger. 

'In her kitchen, Mindy has done an excellent job of this by keeping the look natural on natural; the white marble with natural wood cabinets feels so organic and classic.' Brenna Ryan, the kitchen design expert at Victorian Plumbing, adds, 'Wooden details are a great way to add warmth and character to a room.'

Brenna Ryan

Brenna has worked as a kitchen expert at Victorian Plumbing for over 4 years. Victorian Plumbing is a leading retailer of bathrooms and kitchens online. 

Aside from its natural beauty, wooden interiors are making waves as a huge interior design trend for 2024. Brenna states: 'Bringing the outside in is a trend we predict will be huge in 2024 - think natural materials like wood and metal. These will be particularly popular within kitchens to add a sophisticated look whilst keeping the space feeling warm and calm.'

However, if buying an entire wall of wooden kitchen cabinets feels like too much of a commitment, Brenna suggests: 'Wooden accessories such as storage, accessories, and lampshades are a less costly way to add the trend into your home for 2024.' Shop the wood kitchen edit for subtle ways to integrate the look in your kitchen with a low commitment.

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The warm neutrals trend has reached its final form with the rising popularity of wooden cabinets. Mindy Kaling's kitchen is just the start.

Sophie Edwards
News Writer

I am a London-based News Writer 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.