Are you feeling a change in the air?  No, we’re not talking about the seasonal shift, but preference shifts.  Below are some paint and stain color choice changes we’re experiencing.  Will these changes influence your design plans?


Painted finishes continue to be highly favored by Greenfield designers and their clients.  “Whether it’s a standard paint offering by Greenfield, or a custom paint match, our designers are noting a change in color values for cabinets,” notes Ann Rottinghaus, vice president of sales & marketing for THE CORSI GROUP, makers of Greenfield Cabinetry.

Although various white hues and shades still top the 2023 charts, there are some shifts emerging.  Standard white paint colors like Glacier, Chalk, Surfside and Cameo still dominate, but softer, legacy values, Gardenia and Repose are making a comeback.

“We are also seeing blues and greys pick-up speed among the Greenfield designers,” notes Rottinghaus.  “For example, Nebula (navy), Dorian (warm, mid-tone grey) and Pewter (light, cool grey) have taken on new preference in 2023.”


We’ve been saying this for a while now, but stained cabinets are being specified in increasing numbers.  Sometimes it’s just an island being designed in a wood/stain combination, with perimeter cabinets still being painted, but we are starting to see more and more whole kitchens and baths being designed with woods and stains.  And no, we’re not talking about the honey-oak vibe that dominated in the 80s and 90s.  Stain value preferences have taken on less red and less golden tones in 2023; they are more grey-brown influenced or completely natural.

“Breakwater stain is highly favored by our designers for Alder and Walnut hardwoods, while Barnwood stain is preferred for Red Oak and Rift Cut White Oak woods,” comments Rottinghaus.  She adds, “And a clear, Natural finish is top of the heap for Cherry, Knotty Alder, Quarter Sawn White Oak and Maple hardwood choices.

According to Kitchen & Bath Design News, as reported in their “Creative Twist” article, “Cabinets finished in shades of white paint are still on top, manufacturers say, but demand for both natural looks and neutral tones is increasing.”

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Featured image:

Perimeter: Full Access construction, Jackson A door style, Paint Grade, Sealskin; Island: Full Access construction, Jackson A door style, Paint Grade, Pewter; Wet bar: Full Access construction, Jackson A door style, Paint Grade, Eucalyptus.








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