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Cabinet Refacing Trends for 2021

Last Updated on May 17, 2021

Most homeowners will agree on how having to spend more time at home has sparked the “renovation flame” when it comes to sprucing up their living spaces. The kitchen wins almost every time as the room to start with first—with the cabinets being one of the standouts when it comes to what needs replacing. But how do you know if your cabinets should be replaced or refaced?

This month, Granite and TREND Transformations is featuring today’s most popular cabinet refacing trends along with a showcase of some of our most beautiful cabinet refacing projects. Plus, we will provide you with helpful tips to help you decide if it’s  best to replace or reface your cabinets. 

 Making a statement

The trend for 2021 is all about making a statement. Now is the time to break out of traditional styling norms and display your flair for the dramatic. Here are some of the exciting cabinet trends you’ll be seeing this year—and most likely in the years that follow:

  • Open shelving
  • Mixing-and-matching materials such as mixed door styles, shaker and raised panel, painted and wood tones
  • Glass-front cabinets

Color-toned cabinets

colorful counter

“Light and bright” sets the tone for today’s kitchen décor. And what could be lighter and brighter than pops of color? Grey, blue, and even green cabinets are trending as some of the top picks for kitchen cabinet colors. And we can’t forget about white. As timeless as it is trendy, white is always a good option to choose when you’re looking to brighten up a small space. White is also an effective color choice for a secondary cabinet, a beautiful countertop, or a dramatic backsplash. Here’s what’s hot in the world of cabinet color:

beautiful island

  • Two-toned cabinet colors—White or light colors on upper cabinets, with greys, blues, dark purple and yellow on bottom cabinets. Keeping the lighter color on the upper cabinets helps to keep the ceiling looking higher than it actually is without closing in the room.
  • Deep emerald green and jewel-tones
  • Grey-based blues
  • Grey remains a popular color choice for kitchen cabinets and is predicted to keep its staying power for quite some time. It’s a classic alternative to white, and it blends beautifully with some of today’s most popular design colors. Did you know “Ultimate Grey” was one of the two colors chosen as the Pantone Colors of the Year 2021? Read all about here.

 Mixed cabinet styles

cabinets and stainless steel refrigerator

Mixing cabinet styles is a great way to make a statement. (An added benefit is that your kitchen will look larger.) Just as we discussed earlier about mixing-and-matching cabinet materials, mixing styles can create a unique look that will have you wishing you’d thought of it sooner. Here are some examples of different cabinet styles:

  • Floor-to-ceiling
  • Open concept
  • Slat

 Sultry surfaces

mixed cabinetry

They say, “looks aren’t everything.” Who are they kidding? Refacing your cabinets is all about the “look.” But the question remains: “What look are you going for?” When thinking about refacing or replacing your cabinets, keep in mind that this surface can set the tone for the entire look of your kitchen. Here are some things to consider:

  • Acrylic surfaces have a high-gloss appearance and are popular with today’s richer colors.
  • Painted cabinets provide a “wash” of color and allow the natural grain of the wood to come through.
  • Matte surfaces and chalk paint are wildly popular with DIY enthusiasts and those looking to refresh their cabinets with one of today’s most popular looks.

Replace or reface?

There are several factors to consider when switching out your cabinets. Here’s what you need to know to determine whether your cabinets are good candidates for refacing:

  • Quality counts: If you’re starting out with high-quality, expensive wood cabinets that are in good condition, then refacing is a good option. Lower-quality cabinets, on the other hand, may not hold out over time, which could cost you more in the long run.
  • Age matters: Consider the age of your cabinets. Older cabinets are better off being replaced, while newer cabinets might prove easier to reface.
  • Keeping the layout: If you’re keeping the layout of your kitchen, then cabinet refacing is a great, cost-effective option.

When to consider replacing

  • Time for a new kitchen layout: Some homeowners find that they need more counter and storage space and want their kitchens to have more flexible functionality. If you’re considering a new kitchen layout, and also looking for more functionality, then you’ll have to replace your cabinets.
  • Cabinets in disrepair: Water damage, mold, or years of wear and tear can take its toll on your cabinets. If you find your cabinets are structurally unsound and in poor condition, it may be time to consult with a professional contractor to determine if you need to replace them.

Refreshing other spaces

elegant bathroom

Cabinet refacing isn’t just for kitchens. Today’s homeowners are in fact expanding their design creativity into other spaces that include bathrooms, laundry rooms, dens, kid’s rooms, and even their businesses. Cabinet refacing from Granite and TREND Transformations is an easy and stress-free way to refresh a room without the mess and hassle of a total renovation.

beautiful built-in cabinetry

How we do it

At Granite and TREND Transformations, our cabinet refacing design experts will work with you to design the kitchen or space of your dreams. We start by evaluating the condition of your existing cabinets and help you design your new cabinet fronts. Then, we will reinforce the face of your current cabinets and match the new surfaces with your updated doors and drawer fronts. Wondering which styles and colors will look best in your home? Check out our cool Visualizer Tool. It allows you to see what your kitchen or bath will look like before the renovation! Imagine having a brand- new look for your bathroom and kitchen cabinets in just a few days. Check out some of the benefits that come with a cabinet refacing from Granite and TREND Transformation:

  • No demolition
  • More affordable and faster than total cabinet replacement
  • Moisture, heat, scratch and impact-resistant
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Availability in a variety of colors, styles, and finishes
  • Recessed and raised panels
  • Glazed and unglazed options
  • Professional, trained installers
  • All-in-one pricing from the start with no hidden fees

Are your cabinets ready for a refresh? Contact us today for a free in-home or virtual consultation.


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