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Kitchen trends alert: Wooden cabinetry and matte finishes are here to stay, new survey reveals

28 Apr 2021

The results are in for the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association 2021 survey and reveal thoughts on the future of home design.

It’s time to sand down your kitchen doors and embrace what lies underneath. Twenty-six percent of people have predicted that timber will be the most popular cabinetry in the coming year. White cabinetry has come a close second, with twenty-two percent of people believing it’s on its way to becoming the new trend.

A huge fifty-four percent of people said matte would continue to be their finish of choice. A matte finish reflects little to no light and is perfect as a clear coat for your wooden kitchen cabinetry.

TOP TIP: Resene Aquaclear Natural waterborne clear finish is perfect for interior timber walls and ceilings and is designed to enhance and protect timber from wear and tear. Use Resene Aquaclear Natural with Resene Colorwood to add extra depth and colour to the wood in your kitchen. Resene Aquaclear Natural has a flat, matte finish that allows the beauty of the timber to show through.  For a flat wall finish use Resene SpaceCote Flat.  For cabinetry, try Resene AquaLAQ with a range of finish options.


Homeowners Steve and Susie filled their coastal kitchen with natural wooden cabinetry and finished their ceiling in Resene Aquaclear. The natural wood is complemented by the surrounding walls in a fresh and light Resene Sea Fog. See the rest of their home here
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This large open-plan kitchen area shines with a monochrome colour scheme. White cabinetry and walls painted in Resene Alabaster are accentuated with touches of natural wood. Read more about Nic and Shane’s home here.


This Christchurch kitchen glows with walls painted in Resene Double Merino with a ceiling finished in Resene Colorwood Rock Salt and Resene Aquaclear. A beachy, happy feel can be achieved by pairing colourful furniture with your white or wood cabinetry. Read more about this home here.