Kitchen colours and finishes 2021

What are the kitchen trends for 2021?

Kitchen colours and finishes in 2021 are all about earthy colours, organic textures and matt finishes, all links to nature.

As research shows, being in nature helps us feel calm and is great for our mental health and overall wellbeing.  

Kitchens are one of the most popular rooms to renovate, and with so many beautiful colour and finishes available, it can be hard to narrow down the look you want.

They are no longer just a room to prepare and cook meals. They are the hub of the home and are used for dining, entertaining, work and homework.

Finishes need to be durable and easy to maintain, look and feel good, and be somewhere you love to spend time in.

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Current colours and finishes

Tones of olive and forest green, mint, dark teal, greyed-out blues, chocolate brown and charcoal are what we will be seeing in kitchen design in 2021 and beyond.  Woodgrains in varying shades, marble, stone and concrete are the popular choices for finishes cabinetry and benchtops.

Green is a colour that is associated with balance and nature so it’s no wonder we are being drawn to this nurturing colour.  Muted tones of olive and forest green have a calming effect and mixed with timber finishes and natural materials like concrete or marble they create an organic look. 

These greens also look fantastic with white and grey.

For a lighter, more soothing palette try mint green with white or light greys.  Add some timber touches for warmth and an organic feel. 

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Blue never goes out of favour, and this year they are greyed out and soft.  For a fresh and timeless look, pair blue with white. This classic combination is one you will love for years to come, and it works for many design styles.  Blue also looks great with charcoal. Include wood or metallic elements for interest and warmth.

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Woodgrains are here to stay in kitchens with more colours coming on the market all the time.  Choose from dark, moody tones like charcoal greys through to pale, bleached tones. These are great for adding warmth and texture to your kitchen and match well with earthy colours.  You can mix and match to create a unique kitchen that suits your style.

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Dark colours are still popular in kitchens and are great for creating a glamorous and refined look.  There are lovely dark colours available that are softer than blacks, like dark greys, deep forest green, midnight blue and chocolate brown.  Darker colours can sometimes look heavy, so you may need to balance them with lighter colours or metallic touches.

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What if a new kitchen isn't in the budget?

Those are just a few ideas on how you can use the current colours and finishes in your kitchen.

If you aren’t in the market for a new kitchen but you want to give the space a quick refresh painting walls or cupboards in an up to date colours will breathe new life into the room. 

If you are renovating or building a new home and need help getting your colours and finishes organised, grab a copy of my FREE colour selections checklist. It takes you through all the finishes you may need to choose colours for.  It includes plenty of tips to help you make your choices.


Until next time.

Happy decorating,


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