The Top 3 White Paint Colours for Kitchen Cabinets
Warm whites, cool whites, dirty whites, pink, blue, green – you name a colour, white’s got it covered! And choosing a white can be a HARROWING experience, especially if you aren’t starting from scratch and have existing finishes to coordinate with. So, I’ve narrowed things down to a few of my fave, ‘go-to whites’ for you to check out that should be white up your alley.
BTW: The best way to pick your fave white is to compare them to each other. This will really help you narrow down the undertones and decide which one best suits you and your home.
1. White. Just White. SW High Reflective White SW 7757
Oh, you want WHITE, do you? For me, High Reflective White is the best ‘white-white’. While there is the ODD store that doesn’t carry it, I’ve found that most SW’s do.
These whites will give you a pretty darned white look, but remember, your home has to be able to visually support a ‘super white’ kitchen. Many of my E-design clients find traditional whites just a bit too icy cold for their space and need to soften things up a bit, especially when they have existing finishes to accommodate which often aren’t that white.
- BM Chantilly Lace. This is a popular one with designers. Personally, I find it a stitch too icy and while it does act ‘white’, there are other ways to do it without the icy edge, such as…
- BM Super White. This is just a touch softer while doing the same thing as Chantilly – looking like white
- SW Extra White. It’ll look like white, but like Chantilly, I find it a bit stark/cool
See more of this kitchen here: A Contemporary New Home
2. Benjamin Moore Cloud White CC-40
Definitely the most popular soft white, Cloud White looks like a ‘real white’ UNTIL you place it next to a ‘real white’ (like paper or my butt cheeks – hehe, I know my Mom will want me to take that line out…I am so classy sometimes).
Cloud White has a subtle yellow undertone with a grounded neutral base which makes it not as stark as a traditional white. However, if you already have ‘white’ trim, white appliances or white windows, you WILL notice the difference.
See more Cloud White here: A Maple Kitchen Makeover with Cloud White
Cloud White is also a great ‘transition’ colour when you are slowly working your way around your home to update your original white trim work and doors. You will notice the difference, but it’s subtle and as long as you paint everything out over time you’ll be all good.
Comparable, but different from Cloud White
- Sherwin Williams Alabaster – just a wink softer
- Benjamin Moore Simply White. Has the warmth, but it’s cleaner and brighter, so the yellow can show up a bit more
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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Benjamin Moore White Dove OC 17
White Dove is my FAVE on this page…or anywhere.
In the above kid’s room, you can see White Dove on the trim and walls.
While some whites and off-whites will give a ‘fresh and bright’ look, White Dove is white, but a touch softer and more subtle.
Comparable, but different from White Dove
- Nothing…nothing compares to White Dove.
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HOW to Pick the Best White for Your Cabinets, Trims or Walls
Kylie M E-Design, Interiors and Decorating Online, Virtual Paint Colour Consultant Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams specialist
Originally written in 2017, updated in 2019