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The 8 Best Off-White & Light Neutral Paint Colours for Kitchen Cabinets (PART 2)

Posted on October 4, 2022 by KylieMawdsley

THE 8 MOST POPULAR & TRENDY LIGHT DEPTH KITCHEN CABINET PAINT COLOURS

Are you not a big fan of white cabinets? Do you want to update your wood cabinets with paint but want a softer approach? Well, have I got some beautiful shades for you!

HOWEVER, before we start, you know I ALWAYS have an opinion. The difference between MY opinion and that of your sister, mother and nosy neighbour is that mine is based on experience and knowledge (seriously, I’m NOT trying to toot my own horn, I’m just keeping it real). This means that it’s not personal. What I suggest or mention has less to do with personal tastes and more with helping YOU find the best paint colour for you and your home. Heck, you’re the one that has to live in it and I want to make YOU happy!

The above is my lead-in to saying that while they’re TRENDY and undeniably beautiful, off-white cabinets come with some risks. And because this is a topic UNTO ITSELF, I’m going to summarize it here, while giving you a link to the full blog post shortly.

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray painted greige cabinets, Pure White walls and trim. Kitchen with built in bench in eating nook. Wood floor, Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Backsplash is TBA

WHY OFF-WHITE CABINETS ARE TRICKY

  • they will GREATLY limit you in your paint colour choice for your walls (you’ll learn why in the previously mentioned blog post)
  • they’re trendy NOW, but so were cream cabinets in the early 2000s (that most of my current clients are cursing and trying to change)

That said, I totally understand if you’re not swayed and can’t wait to pick the PERFECT off-white paint colour for your home. Keep in mind, I have light-depth cabinets in my OWN home, so I get it – I’m preachin’ to my own personal choir!

The best off white light depth cabinet paint colours, Kylie M. gray, greige, taupe cream, beige.

1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS AGREEABLE GRAY 7029

Agreeable Gray can be a gorgeous choice for kitchen cabinets. Being a light depth greige with MINOR undertones, it accommodates a wide range of countertops and backsplashes.

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray best paint colour for off-white greige taupe warm kitchen cabinets, White Macaubus quartz countertops, black hardware. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy update idewas

Agreeable Gray is also a great choice as it’s not overly warm OR cold, giving you more flexibility down the road.

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

PEEL AND STICK SHERWIN WILLIAMS AGREEABLE GRAY WITH KYLIE M. BEST CABINET COLOUR

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SIMILAR PAINT COLOURS TO COMPARE WITH AGREEABLE GRAY

Because you should NEVER pick a paint colour without comparing it to others.

Remember, even if colours have things in common, there will ALWAYS be shifts in LRV (depth), undertones or temperature (or all three). It’s about COMPARING colours to see which of these key features best suit your interior finishes!

2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS MODERN GRAY 7632

If you want a slightly softer approach, Modern Gray is lighter and a bit WARMER than Agreeable Gray. However, it has a VERY similar look with passive warmth and subtle undertones.

Sherwin Williams Modern Gray painted kitchen cabinets, off white taupe greige with white quartz marble look countertop. Kylie M

While the natural light distorts the bottom left corner of this photo, you can expect Modern Gray to look more like the top cabinets and far right.

SIMILAR PAINT COLOURS TO COMPARE WITH MODERN GRAY – COMPARISON IS KEY!

Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Modern Gray

Sherwin Williams Modern Gray, greige taupe peel and stick paint sample with Kylie M. off white cabinet colour

Get your PEEL & STICK sample HERE

3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS WHITE DUCK 7010

White Duck is one of the FEW exceptions to my hesitation with off-white paint colours. Sometimes a kitchen needs the subtle softness of off-white cabinets to suit the surrounding finishes. This is OFTEN the case with some of the warmer, popular granite countertops from the early 2000s.

Sherwin Williams painted off white cabinets with granite countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting (1)

White Duck is like a MODERN cream paint colour. While it has a yellow hue, it’s grounded by a neutral base. This base has White Duck looking CONSIDERABLY calmer than the cream cabinets of the early to mid-2000s.

SIMILAR COLOURS TO COMPARE WITH WHITE DUCK

Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams White Duck

Sherwin Williams White Duck, off white cabinet colour, peel and stick sample with Kylie M

Get your PEEL & STICK sample HERE

4. BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY OC-23

I love Classic Gray and it’s definitely one of the more popular off-white warm gray paint colours. Just keep in mind, it can look a bit warmer than expected on kitchen cabinets (there’s a reason for this, but I won’t nerd out on you…this time).

Maple dark wood cabinets painted Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, warm grey paint colour. Granite countertop, subway tile in taupe greige. Kylie M Interiors, online paint color consultant

Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

BEnjamin Moore Classic Gray off white warm gray paint color for cabinets. Peel and stick sample with Kylie M

Get your PEEL & STICK sample HERE

SIMILAR COLOURS TO COMPARE WITH CLASSIC GRAY

BTW, there will ALWAYS be shifts in LRV (depth), undertones or temperature (or all three). COMPARE COMPARE COMPARE!

5. BENJAMIN MOORE REVERE PEWTER HC-172

Ahhhh, here is where my weakness lays (well, here, and with Ryan Reynolds, who I’d lay with any time – just joking, Tim). Revere Pewter is a light depth warm gray paint colour. With its subtle green undertone, it can be a pretty match OR complement to some of the popular white quartz countertops – INCLUDING MINE!

Dining room with modern farmhouse style furniture, Brittanica Warm Cambria quartz countertop, Revere Pewter warm gray cabinets. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting (1)

White oak flooring, Goodfellow engineered. Kitchen, Revere Pewter, Urbane Bronze painted cabinets. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

See our kitchen remodel HERE

That’s right, Revere Pewter is the colour I chose for my cabinets. However, due to the finish of cabinet paint, cabinets often look a bit lighter than you’d expect. To account for this, I darkened my cabinets approximately 25%, just to put a bit more meat on their bones. My kitchen is above, and my client’s kitchen is below; BOTH are approx. 25% darker.

Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo white quartz kitchen countertop and backsplash, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter painted cabinets, metal range hood. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy update ideas (1)

See more of this gorgeous space HERE

Is Revere Pewter the BEST Choice For You & Your Cabinets?

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, for cabinet, warm gray. Peel and stick sample. Kylie m

Get your PEEL & STICK sample HERE

SIMILAR COLOURS TO COMPARE WITH REVERE PEWTER

6. SHERWIN WILLIAMS AESTHETIC WHITE 7035

I LOVE Aesthetic White for walls and cabinets. Again, there are many granite countertops and tile backsplashes that don’t suit white cabinets. In these cases, a soft neutral like Aesthetic White can come in DARN HANDY.

Aesthetic White is an off-white beige. However, rather than being a traditionally warm beige, it’s like it’s been gently dipped in GRAY.

Kitchen with painted off-white cabinets, Sherwin Williams, red oak floor, granite taupe countertops, black. Aesthetic, Kylie M Inter

You might not see this wink of gray, as compared to most previous colours, it will look warmer. HOWEVER, as far as beige/tan paint colours go it’s pretty darn muted.

Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White

Best cabinet paint colour, Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White. Peel and Stick. Kylie M blog

Get your PEEL & STICK sample HERE

SIMILAR COLOURS TO COMPARE WITH AESTHETIC WHITE

Because you should NEVER pick a paint colour without comparing it to others.

7. SHERWIN WILLIAMS MODERATE WHITE 6140

While Moderate White isn’t one of the TRENDY choices, when a home calls for off-white cabinets, it’s often on the hit list.

Why isn’t Moderate White as popular?

Aesthetic White, Moderate, Panda, Pure White. Sherwin Williams. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, paint colour expert. Off-whites

The more popular off-white cabinet colours are in the warm gray, greige, taupe and tan families. Moderate White is a beige, so it has an ORANGE undertone. But holy heck does it suit a lot of interior finishes!

And because I rely 100% on photos from my E-design clients, I don’t have photos of this bad boy on cabinets. But seriously, check it out; it could work for YOU!

SIMILAR COLOURS TO COMPARE WITH MODERATE WHITE

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again…

Between colours, there will ALWAYS be shifts in LRV, undertones or temperature (or all three). It’s about COMPARING colours to see which of these key features best suit your interior finishes!

Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Moderate White

peel and stick sample, sherwin williams moderate white, off white beige for cabinets with Kylie M

Get your PEEL & STICK sample HERE

8. SHERWIN WILLIAMS EGRET WHITE 7570

With trends leaning warmer – not just on cabinets, but on walls as well, I see Egret White being a pretty big hit all around. And while it can be slightly warm for some of the popular quartz countertops, it could be PERFECT for yours!

Like Moderate White, I don’t have a sample of it in action on cabinets, but here it is as a sample (far right)…

Divine White, Aesthetic White, Egret White Sherwin Williams off-white cabinet paint colours with granite and travertine

This is a kitchen that DOESN’T want white cabinets! 

Egret White is a bit darker than Classic Gray, but has a similar approach, being a warm gray/taupe that can lean warmer on cabinets than expected.

SIMILAR COLOURS TO COMPARE WITH EGRET WHITE

There are some GORGEOUS options to compare with Egret White, all having their own take on depth, warmth and undertones.

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Egret White

Sherwin Williams Egret White, peel and stick paint sample. Kylie M best cabinet colours

Get your PEEL & STICK sample HERE

And lastly, let’s talk about Benjamin Moore’s Creamy White.

BENJAMIN MOORE CREAMY WHITE AS A CABINET PAINT COLOUR

I have nothing against Creamy White; she’s a lovely gal and is used with GREAT success in the kitchen of Studio McGee. But just as with ANY paint colour, this doesn’t mean she’ll work in your home.

Creamy White is warmer than all of the above options with more saturation (chroma/colour). It’s still neutral, but has more meat on its bones…very creamy bones (a slight flashback to the early 2000s in the wrong space). And it can look gorgeous, I get it, but here are only TWO situations where I would consider Creamy White…

  1. You’re doing pretty much EXACTLY what Shea has done. Unless you CAREFULLY COORDINATE, as Shea did, you could get some seriously clashing undertones.
  2. Your finishes specifically match Creamy White. MATCHING is different from coordinating. Shae coordinated warm/cool, which takes some serious skill. What I’m talking about is you having finishes that have Creamy White actually IN them to connect with.

Personally, I wouldn’t do Creamy White and have YET to consider it for my clients. But hey, you do you, boo. I’m just here to give you the best advice I’ve got to get you on the right path! If I were to choose a colour that politely winks at cream, I’d look at Benjamin Moore Natural Cream for a SUPER muted approach.

BENJAMIN MOORE CREAMY WHITE PEEL AND STICK SAMPLES WITH KYLIE M. CABINET COLOUR

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Comments

  1. Great information as usual! Long time reader here; I love your in-depth analysis of colour and the insight you provide – so very helpful. Just wanted to mention though – the McGee project you link uses BM Swiss Coffee OC-45 throughout (including the kitchen cabinets), not Creamy White OC-7. They do refer to it as being “a creamy white” but definitely specify using Swiss Coffee.

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      THANK YOU! I meant to link it to the McGee family kitchen which is in Creamy White, rather than the Cove which IS Swiss Coffee! Thanks for catching this – I’m fixing it right now!

  2. I think I have the perfect example of why off-white cabinets are tricky. We just moved into a new build. This townhome is open layout, 3 floors with loft on the 2nd, and the only spaces/rooms that have doors are the bedrooms and bathrooms. The cabinets are factory finished in a lovely off-white shade that has blue-green undertones. They coordinate beautifully with the quartz countertops which are carrara venatino. The builder chose the colors for the trim and walls and suggest that we don’t repaint the walls for a year, at which time they will come in an fix any nail pops and settling issues. The trim is bright white, the walls a creamy off white. Not only do the undertones of the walls and cabinets clash, but I’m willing to bet that they are similar LRV.

    So now I realize that the whole house wall color (undertones and LRV) is going to be dictated by my kitchen cabinet color! And, if I don’t want to paint all the trim in a year (which I don’t), the wall color will be limited by that bright white as well!

    I don’t even want to think about it, but have consoled myself that I will be consulting you in the Spring when we can paint again. Maybe it will make a good blog post!

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      AHHHHH, Donna, I’m sorry to hear this! And yes, it’s the whole ‘similar LRV’ thing that can really throw things off-whack! And just saying, you COULD PAINT now and he can still fix the nail pops/settling in a year :), it will just be on a better colour!

  3. Shea used Swiss Coffee in the Cove Remodel, which she describes as a creamy white. I only know this because I’m slightly obsessed with that specific project. It probably works because the undertones are more yellow green and pull from the more golden veining in the Calacatta marble she used for the counters and backsplash.

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      Ahhh, I’m probably looking at the wrong project – thank you! I do love Swiss Coffee too :). Now I’m going to figure out WHICH project was Creamy White!

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        FOUND IT! I had it mixed up with the McGee family home kitchen project – which IS Creamy White – I tagged the wrong project! Thanks for letting me know :).

  4. Thank you for this! So much good info. Question – do you know the upper cabinet height and what size pulls were used on them in your first photo with “ Backsplash is TBA”? I love their size proportion with relation to the cabinets.

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  5. Hi Kylie! I LOVE your blog! For our new build I’m thinking of using Aesthetic White for walls in *most* of our home paired with Pure White ceilings/trim. Our kitchen island will be walnut and I’m trying to determine if I should go with Pure White for our perimeter cabinets OR could I actually do Aesthetic White for a softer look maybe paired with Pure White on our hood vent? Off white cabinets do make me nervous but when done right, I do love. Thank you!

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      Hey Sophia, this is ALLLL sounding good. For longevity, I do LEAN INTO Pure White cabinets, even though Aesthetic can be lovely on cabinets. I just think you’ll get more enjoyment in the longterm :).

    2. Sophia – I am in the same boat!! Considering AW for whole house and darker stained island, but so torn as to either Pure White for perimeter cabinets or jump in to light depth. I’m not opposed to white cabinets so I’m wondering if the flexibility of white will keep me from taking the plunge. What colors are you considering to pair with pure white and AW?

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