White cabinetry is a classic choice for a kitchen. Providing a neutral backdrop, white kitchen cabinets can be left alone or dressed up with colorful art and accessories.
White kitchen cabinets are versatile and easy to dress up. Although usually available in laminate or thermofoil (which can be difficult to paint over), more expensive custom wood cabinets can be ordered in a painted white or cream finish with distressed or glazed details.
With plenty of options, white kitchen cabinets don't have to be basic. If you want a warmer look, shift direction and use wood cabinetry for your island. Use the same hardware on both the white peimeter cabinets and the island, or the same countertop on both to tie the look together.
Like a little black dress, white kitchen cabinets are appropriate almost anywhere, whether your space is sleek and modern or warm and traditional. Full-overlay cabinetry -- with doors that cover the entire cabinet frame -- present a minimalist profile, which works well in a modern kitchen. Pair the streamlined cabinetry with similarly styled hardware for the ultimate modern look.
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Add a little color to white cabinets with contrasting frames. To DIY this look, remove cabinet doors and paint them white. Once dry, mask off the door panels and paint the frames in your chosen color. Lighter colors work well for the frame. Once you've selected your accent color, pick a white with similar undertones for a look that will be well-blended, not jarring.
A black-and-white color combination is dramatic. When using the duo in a kitchen with white cabinets, keep the look from becoming theatrical by practicing restraint. Opt for black-and-white patterns with an organic or curvy aesthetic, rather than sharp and geometric, and use the black in small doses.
Bring a little pep to white kitchen cabinets with a colorful backsplash. White goes with almost anything, so backsplash options are wide open. Think about the look you want to create and the other elements in your kitchen, such as the floor and countertops, when selecting a backsplash color and material. With these parameters in mind, it will be easy to find something you love.