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8 Kitchen Cabinet Trends To Watch In 2017

8 Kitchen Cabinet Trends To Watch In 2017

February 7, 2017


By Jaclyn Crawford

Typically, cabinets take up a significant portion of your kitchen. If they’re old and outdated, they’re an instant eyesore and can impact the décor of the entire room. In some cases, they may not be the right kind of storage your family needs in the kitchen.

Take a look around your kitchen. Did either of the above statements describe your current kitchen? If so, 2017 might be the time for an upgrade. Stylish kitchen cabinets are crucial to the overall look and function of the kitchen. To help, we’ve rounded up a few of the hot kitchen cabinet trends to watch in 2017.

1. Cabinet Costs

Installing new kitchen cabinets is a great way to get exactly what you want in both space and style. It’s also important for the overall ROI of the kitchen. If you’re looking to sell in the next year, this is an investment you’ll want to consider. The average cost to install kitchen cabinets is $4,173, with most homeowners spending between $2,420 and $4,549. However, this can vary based on the materials you choose and the size or your cabinet installation.

2. White Kitchen Cabinets

The clean and sleek look is hot for kitchen right now. One way to archieve that is with white kitchen cabinets. This is great for cabinetry of any size and helps to reflect light around the room. If you have a small kitchen, this is one way to make the space feel bigger and brighter.

One concern homeowners have when it comes to white is keeping it clean. Considering the likelihood of handprints or food stains, you’ll want to know how to best care for white kitchen cabinets before making the decision to install. Read How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets for a few tips on keeping them looking great.

3. Metal Kitchen Cabinets

It’s no secret that the mid-century modern look has made a comeback in recent years. And now, it’s making its way into the kitchen with metal cabinets. Coming in varieties of steel, these kitchen cabinets are easy to clean and maintain. Metal kitchen cabinets never need to be refaced and are easy to install. For a low maintenance kitchen upgrade, it might be time to give metal kitchen cabinets a try.

4. Gray Kitchen Cabinets

Gray is this year’s hot neutral. With this trend, almost any shade goes. Use a lighter shade of gray to brighten the space, similarly to using a white. Or, if you want to create a warm and dramatic kitchen environment, opt for a darker gray. Gray cabinets work well with almost any color scheme, so it’s never an issue if you’re simply replacing or refinishing old cabinets.

5. Chalk Paint Kitchen Cabinets

If you plan on making your cabinet upgrade a DIY project this year, painting them may be the obvious choice. A popular trend in cabinet décor this year is chalk paint. If you’ve never heard of it, chalk paint is a type of paint that creates an aged or distressed appearance. For rustic and farmhouse kitchens, this is the perfect choice.

6. Glass Cabinet Doors

Open shelving has been appearing in kitchens across the country. As great as they look, they do have some homeowners wondering how their dishes will stay clean and undamaged. Glass paneling seems to be the answer to that. A clear glass paneled cabinet front can expose beautiful dishware without the dust or debris that could appear with open cabinets.

For a sleek, modern look, try frosted glass. This helps to create openness in your kitchen, without exposing every plate or bowl.

7. Functional Cabinetry

A trend that remains the same from 2016 is functional cabinetry. Though this year, per popular kitchen trends, functional cabinetry means tech-savvy cabinetry. Innovations in cabinet design have allowed homeowners to utilize their cabinetry for the modern era. This can include a built-in charging station for all your handheld electronic devices. Or, for the home cook, an exposed shelf where they can set their tablet or phone to read a recipe. Consider how you can incorporate technology into your cabinet design this year.

8. Stylish Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

In 2017, every homeowner will be focused on the small details. In the kitchen, that means kitchen cabinet hardware. These knobs and pulls often get overlooked, but they can really change the entire style of your cabinetry. If you’re not ready for a complete kitchen cabinet upgrade, try changing out your kitchen cabinet hardware.

Like many of the styles mentioned above, choose kitchen cabinet hardware that has clean lines and shapes. Knobs and pulls in chrome or steel will be a great choice for the year. As styles do change, kitchen cabinet hardware is easy to change and only takes an afternoon to complete.

Don’t forget about the hardware you can’t see. If you’re tired of the loud noises from shutting cabinet doors, now may be the time to install soft-close hinges. This is a small change that can make a big difference in your kitchen.


Your kitchen cabinets may be the largest décor statement you can have in the kitchen. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel this year, think about how you can incorporate some of these trends into your design.

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