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How to choose the right white color cabinetry

Choosing the right white paint color for your kitchen cabinetry can be a daunting task. With so many shades and tones of white available, it's easy to get overwhelmed. But fear not, with a little bit of knowledge and guidance, you can choose the perfect white paint color for your kitchen cabinetry that will make your space look bright, clean, and inviting.

CONSIDER THE TONE - Cool, warm or neutral

When it comes to white paint colors, the first thing to consider is the tone. White paint can have a cool, warm, or neutral tone. Cool whites have blue or gray undertones, while warm whites have yellow or red undertones. Neutral whites have no undertones and are a true white. The tone you choose will depend on the overall style and color scheme of your kitchen.


If you have a modern, minimalist kitchen with stainless steel appliances, consider using a cool white with blue or gray undertones. This will create a clean, crisp look that complements the stainless steel.


If your kitchen has warm, natural wood tones or brass hardware, opt for a warm white with yellow or red undertones. This will create a cozy, inviting atmosphere.


If you're unsure which tone to choose, consider the lighting in your kitchen. Natural light and artificial light can affect how a paint color looks in your space. Take paint samples and view them in different lighting conditions to ensure you choose the right tone for your kitchen. Choose different times of day to look at your samples.


Once you've chosen the tone for your white paint color, it's time to consider coordinating wall paint colors. If you want to keep things simple and classic, consider using the same white paint color on your walls as you did on your cabinetry. This will create a seamless, cohesive look that's timeless and elegant.

If you want to add a little bit of color to your walls, consider using a light, neutral color that complements your white cabinetry. Light gray, beige, or pale blue are all great options. These colors will create a subtle contrast and add depth to your kitchen without overwhelming the space.


Another option is to use a bold, contrasting color on your walls. If you have white cabinetry with black hardware, consider using a rich navy or deep green on your walls. This will create a striking contrast and add drama to your kitchen. Just be sure to balance the bold color with neutral accents and accessories to prevent the space from feeling overwhelming.

When choosing a coordinating wall color, consider the size and layout of your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen with limited natural light, opt for a light, neutral wall color that will reflect light and make the space feel larger. If you have a large kitchen with plenty of natural light, you can afford to use a darker, bolder wall color without making the space feel cramped.

It's important to remember that paint colors can look different on different surfaces.


- When choosing a white paint color for your kitchen cabinetry, take into account the type of wood or material your cabinets are made from. Paint colors can look different on oak cabinets than they do on maple cabinets.

- Be sure to test your paint color on a small, inconspicuous area before committing to painting your entire kitchen.


In addition to the tone and coordinating wall colors, it's also important to consider the finish of your white paint. Matte, satin, and glossy finishes are all popular options for kitchen cabinetry. Matte finishes have a flat, non-reflective surface that can hide imperfections in the wood. Satin finishes have a slight sheen that can make the cabinets look clean and polished. Glossy finishes have a high shine that can create a modern, sleek look. Consider the style and function of your kitchen when choosing a finish. Matte finishes are great for busy kitchens with a lot of wear and tear, while glossy finishes are better suited for modern, minimalist kitchens with little use.

If you need some assistance selecting colors, our design team would be happy to consult with you!

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