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The 4 key kitchen cabinet colors for 2021, according to Day True

Pick a shade that will give your kitchen a vibrant lift and create a welcoming space for cooking and entertaining

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If you're searching for kitchen cabinet ideas, you might be wondering whether to err on the side of caution – or to go for a colorful finish for your cabinetry. The ideal place to experiment with color, the kitchen is the heart of the home and as such, should be where you express your unique sense of style, bringing some personality and character into your interior.

Experts in spatial planning, Day True specializes in redefining kitchens and the home to create practical and enjoyable living spaces.

‘We’ve noticed people becoming more confident with color as they desire to express personality and flair, particularly in the kitchen,' says Hayley Robson, Creative Director, Day True. 'This isn’t just limited to cabinetry or wall colours, it’s about combining different textures and finishes, such as wood veneers, eye-catching geometric patterns and natural materials. It’s all about being individual.’ 

These are Day True's pick of the best colors for cabinetry for 2021.

Colors for kitchen cabinets in 2021

Take a look at these kitchen cabinet colours for further inspiration.

1. Green

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'Lush and leafy greens are everywhere, from deep forest hues to subtle sage shades. This verdant palette has a fresh feel that ranges from soothing to vibrant. Pale peppermint, bright emerald or dark forest, the whole spectrum of hues works beautifully with wood, stone and natural materials. Add crisp white surfaces for a harmonious look.'

See: Green kitchen ideas – inspiration for cabinets, walls and more

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'Botanical shades work well with natural materials such as wood, stone and metal. If your kitchen overlooks your garden, this palette will create a connection with the outside.'

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'Zingy emerald will add energy to a room; muted sage or greyish cactus hues will create a feeling of calm.'

2. Pink

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'From soft blush pastels to upbeat corals and richer tones of raspberry, fuchsia and cerise, these versatile shades look great in the kitchen. Give classic Shaker cabinetry a lift with a pretty pink unit that’s full of country charm. Less is more, so think petal pinks as an accent and use no more than three tonal shades in your palette.'

3. Grey

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'Grey is still very much the neutral of the moment and looks smart and crisp paired with white but can still benefit from a little extra color.

'Whether it’s pale or slightly darker, dove grey is a great all-rounder. You can dress it up with silvers and metallic shades for a luxe look or keep it simple with natural colours and earthy textures.'

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4. Blue

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'A fresh blue and white scheme may be a classic seaside combination but its popular appeal has spread far from the shore. Embrace the trend for deep muddy blues without fear of living in darkness by balancing with plenty of pale surfaces.'

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'White is the traditional accent to team with blue but to add more depth to the scheme try pops of chalky greys and taupes or warm things up with metallics.

'Natural light or a lack-of can vary shades of blue enormously. South facing rooms enjoy lots of light all day long so maximize the feeling of space and light with a pale hue. In small spaces with little natural light embrace the darkness with a dramatic moody blue.'

See: Decorating with blue – how to give rooms a fresh update with this cool color

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'When it comes to bringing color into the kitchen, from statement islands, painted walls, contrasting cabinetry or soft furnishings, the key is to add warmth. 

'Natural textures such as rattan, wood and bamboo offer a sense of comfort in the home whilst adding some contrast and interest. Whether incorporated into the scheme through the island, flooring or seating, natural materials work in harmony with bold, dark hues for a cohesive colorful aesthetic.'

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'Finally, to complete a colorful kitchen it’s essential to get your finishing touches just right to bring the entire scheme together. Metallic accents on your handles, taps and accessories can be matched or for a more fluid and expressive approach, don’t be afraid to combine a variety of finishes. 

'From brushed brass knurled handles and taps, to bronze sinks and black lighting, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a truly individual colorful kitchen.'

Thanks to  Day True for their expertise in this feature.