Stain Colors Trend Toward Brown

Like fashion, trends in interior design shift over the years.  Although with interior design and its significant investment, "classic and timeless" design is often at the forefront of decisions.

Classic White painted Dura Supreme kitchen with glass door cabinets.

Gray as a color scheme has certainly become a long term trend, not only in fashion but in interior design as well.  Carpet, window fashion and wall colors serve as neutral backdrops in gray tones, while furnishings and soft goods (like throw pillows and artwork) take their cues from gray tones as well.

With Gray the dominant color trend across all industries, it has begun to influence stain colors and even metal finishes.

Gray painted cabinetry and furniture can look too stark with chrome or nickel finishes unless a color tone is added.  So metal finishes in a brushed brass, or copper or rose gold look wonderful with a gray paint, adding interest and warmth.

Gray painted cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Likewise with stained cabinetry for furniture or flooring ... stain colors with a slight gray undertone or a "true brown" color look best when paired with a gray finish.  For this reason, stain colors with a red or orange undertone are declining in popularity while true-brown stains are gaining in popularity.  Much of this color trend in stains is being influenced by the spectacular popularity of gray finishes.


Brown cabinet stain colors from Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Sage stain on Knotty Alder, Hazelnut stain on Cherry, Clove stain on Knotty Alder, Praline stain on Cherry, Mocha stain on Cherry, and Poppyseed stain on Cherry.

A contemporary kitchen design with Quarter-sawn Red Oak with a gray stained cabient finish, black back painted glass cabient doors and a black painted kitchen island.

A gray painted and brown stained kitchen design by Gilmans Kitchens and Baths featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry.


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