From sea-inspired blues to just-the-right whites, we see a joyful home in your future.

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As one of (if not the) most important room in the home, the kitchen can be an overwhelming space to decorate. With multiple purposes—from cooking and hosting to even eating within—kitchens must be simultaneously soothing, stylish, clean, and comforting, which leads many homeowners, by default, to the ubiquitous all-white kitchen. But next year, some designers are predicting a sea change, with more homeowners opting to spice things up with everything from bold, dramatic shades to new takes on neutrals. And where's the easiest place to bring a game-changing dose of color to the kitchen? The cabinets. Here are four on-the-rise trends we're currently obsessed with for kitchen cabinets.

Ashley Whittaker Florida Kitchen with Blue Subway Tile
Credit: Max Kim-Bee
Galley kitchen with blue cabinetry and white walls
Credit: Julia Lynn; Styling: Dakota Willimon

Ocean Blues

Sea-inspired shades are sure to make a splash in 2022. Behr recently crowned soothing Breezeway as its 2022 color of the year, touting the silvery green color (which mimics sea glass found on sandy shores) as equal parts peaceful and invigorating. Cool blues on kitchen cabinets help ground the space in calmness, while also bringing beachy energy to the room. We love the lively hue (shown above) designer Allison Elebash used to perk up this petite kitchen in Sullivan's Island, a nod to the home's coastal locale.

Sage Green Kitchen
Credit: Laurey W. Glenn

Earthy Greens

Try: Pewter Green by Sherwin-Williams

Back in 2018, earthy hues started making their meteoric rise in the design world, with Pinterest saves, specifically, skyrocketing for sage. Evergreen shades only increased in popularity during the pandemic, when homeowners sought to bring nature-inspired hues inside to help us exhale. No less than two paint brands have already announced earthy greens as their colors of the year for 2022 (PPG's Olive Sprig and Glidden's Guacamole). It's clear that subdued greens have solidified themselves as go-to neutrals for homeowners. In this kitchen (above), the sage cabinets help to ground the lofty space while surrounding walls painted a soft gray-blue (Sherwin-Williams's Oyster Bay) keep the darker shade from feeling too dramatic.

Soft Coastal Color Kitchen
Credit: Brie Williams; Styling: Page Mullins

Citrus Shades

It might seem like a bold choice, but we're here for playful palettes entering the kitchen. Cheery citrus colors like yellow or green spark joy and can bring positive energy into one of the hardest-working rooms in the house. Pick a bright shade that's grounded in nature, and pair it with neutral white or gray accents—like interior designer Cortney Bishop did with Farrow & Ball's Churlish Green in this Kiawah Island, South Carolina, kitchen (shown above). We also like Babouche by Farrow & Ball, a rich golden yellow.

2021 Idea House Kitchen with Painted Floors
Credit: Marta Xochilt Perez; Styling: Page Mullins

Just-the Right-Whites

Traditionalists, this one's for you. Some may say all-white kitchens have seen their day, but 2022 is all about filling your home with colors you love. White paint with cooler undertones can sometimes come off as stark and sterile, especially when paired with marble or quartz countertops for a monochromatic look. Instead, opt for a warm, creamy white that keeps the kitchen feeling like a welcoming gathering spot for all. Designer Sarah Bartholomew refreshed classic white cabinetry by choosing a creamy shade (Sherwin-Williams' Snowbound, shown above), pairing it with warm accents like a butcher block countertop, and painting the floors a blue-and-white geometric pattern.