When it comes to enduring style, choosing a white kitchen is one of those classic home style decisions that stands the test of time. Anchoring these timeless spaces are white cabinets, which to many can pale in comparison to fancier features like stone countertops or stainless steel appliances. But the classic staple works in virtually any style room, making it a versatile choice.
From door styles to hardware, there are plenty of ways to make white cabinets pop. Check out these white cabinetry ideas in a range of styles and layouts for inspiration.
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Try Two-Tone Cabinetry
Two-toned cabinets have a practical purpose. In this example from interior designer Grant K. Gibson, the darker base cabinets anchor the cooking space. The white upper cabinets combined with the white subway tile keeps things feeling open and airy. The white cabinetry also draws your eyes upward making the average-sized kitchen feel twice its size.Continue to 2 of 27 below.
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Here is a great way to add a little old-timey charm to your kitchen. After slightly distressing these traditional white kitchen cabinets, the design team at Frankel Building Group applied an antique glaze. The finished project enhanced this kitchen's French country-inspired vibe.Continue to 3 of 27 below.
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Customize Stock Cabinetry
You do not have to spend a bundle on custom cabinets to get a custom look. In this kitchen by interior designer Michele Gage, brass hardware elevates the big box store cabinetry.Continue to 4 of 27 below.
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Add Beadboard Doors
Beadboard inserts give the white cabinets in this kitchen visual interest. While the paneled wood gives the cabinetry a more traditional look, the interior design team behind Bibby + Brady skipped the door hardware for a contemporary twist.Continue to 5 of 27 below.
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Mirror the Island
The interior designer behind Alys Design did not want to clutter this narrow kitchen with too many cabinets. She eliminated the upper white cabinetry to keep the space feeling uncluttered. Nine drawers were added to the kitchen island to make up for the lost storage space.Continue to 6 of 27 below.
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Mix with Marble
White cabinetry adds to the drama in this cooking space by The Kitchen Studio. The owners of the home wanted the Cardiff marble backsplash to take center stage. The white cabinets make it a focal point.Continue to 7 of 27 below.
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Add Farmhouse Vibes
White cabinets make the most of natural light in this modern farmhouse kitchen by House of Jade Interiors. Wood shelving and natural greenery keep the chic cooking space from feeling too formal.Continue to 8 of 27 below.
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Use Chalk Paint
When it comes to refinishing old kitchen cabinets, there seem to be a gazillion types of paint to choose from. Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous says that chalk paint is the easiest way to get the job done. It is the only paint that does not require sanding and priming.Continue to 9 of 27 below.
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Stick to Black and White
Black handles and pulls stand out against the white cabinetry in this kitchen by Heidi Caillier Design. We love how the cabinets perfectly frame the statement-making oven backsplash.Continue to 10 of 27 below.
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Contrast With Wood
White comes in a broad range of both cool and warm shades. In this contemporary kitchen by Noelle Interiors, white lacquered cabinets in a cool shade of off-white offset the warm wood cabinetry.Continue to 11 of 27 below.
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Traditional white cabinets add a fresh feel to this California kitchen by Noelle Interiors. The blue and green backsplash enhances the room's coastal charm.Continue to 12 of 27 below.
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Keep It Simple
Simple white cabinets throw focus to the blue patterned backsplash made of handmade tiles and painted teal kitchen island in this space by Orlando Soria. While the classic cabinetry will never fall out favor, the backsplash could always be updated several years later.Continue to 13 of 27 below.
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Use Glass Front Cabinetry
Nothing says cottage charm like glass front kitchen cabinets. In this cooking space by Shannon Tate Interiors, white cabinetry keeps the space feeling light and airy, while a patterned Spanish tile backsplash adds interest.Continue to 14 of 27 below.
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Integrate Nautical Details
McKinley Architects paired a shiny navy blue tile backsplash with crisp white cabinetry for a nautical-inspired look. Wooden cabinet handles personalize the cooking space while reinforcing the seaworthy vibe. The tongue-and-groove construction of the shiplap flooring harkens back to the early days of shipbuilding.Continue to 15 of 27 below.
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If your old cabinets are still in good condition, do not toss them. When renovating this 1950s bungalow, Sarah Phipps Designs gave the cabinets, which were original to the home, new life with a coat of white paint.Continue to 16 of 27 below.
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Keep It Open and Airy
Make a galley style kitchen feel more open and airy with light colors. EJ Interiors installed white cabinetry and marble countertops to create a cooking space that feels bright and polished. Blue accents enliven the all-white room.Continue to 17 of 27 below.
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Contrast with Rustic Beams
Crisp white cabinetry is what makes this modern farmhouse kitchen by Meagan Rae Interiors feel fresh, clean, and sparkling, while rustic wood ceiling beams and gold-toned accents add warmth.Continue to 18 of 27 below.
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Shake Them Up
Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop used white Shaker cabinetry in this spacious kitchen accented with black pendant lighting, countertops, and hardware for an industrial farmhouse look.Continue to 19 of 27 below.
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Use Minimal Hardware
The flat-front white cabinetry in this kitchen from Maestri Studio features minimal hardware, just a few black pulls and knobs where needed, to create a clean look that's low on visual clutter.Continue to 20 of 27 below.
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Brighten with Gold Accents
In this black-and-white kitchen designed by Brady Tolbert for Emily Henderson Design, shiny gold-toned accents on kitchen cabinet hardware and open shelving brackets adds a bright metallic accent.Continue to 21 of 27 below.
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Add Scandi Style
A mix of white and unpainted wood cabinetry are a natural choice for this Scandinavian-inspired kitchen from Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop, while gold hardware brings some American bling.Continue to 22 of 27 below.
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Choose an Off-White Shade
In this kitchen from Cathie Hong Interiors, cabinetry in an off-white shade that has a hint of gray adds a subtle contrast with the soft white backsplash tile, white quartz countertops, and stark white walls in the adjoining living room while maintaining a light and airy look. Pale wood and beige toned upholstery adds warmth.Continue to 23 of 27 below.
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Pair With Gray
In this mostly all-white kitchen from Cathie Hong Interiors, white cabinetry is built seamlessly into the walls all the way up to the ceiling for maximum storage, while warm gray lower cabinetry grounds the space. Using the same black hardware on both adds cohesion.Continue to 24 of 27 below.
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Keep It Open
Louis Duncan-He Designs used a mix of closed and glass-front cabinetry that runs all the way to the ceiling in this spacious kitchen to create a timeless look that works seamlessly with the rest of the open-plan space. Bold black accents add contrast.Continue to 25 of 27 below.
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Make Them Disappear
In this compact U-shaped California kitchen from Cathie Hong Interiors, simple white cabinetry disappears into the bright white walls, making the space feel larger than its footprint.Continue to 26 of 27 below.
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Add Midcentury Touches
This warm minimalist kitchen from Joshua Smith Inc. has simple white cabinetry and white walls that set off midcentury modern touches from the Danish modern pendant light to the wishbone bar stools.Continue to 27 of 27 below.
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Go for a Timeless Look
Lower cabinetry painted in a soft white provide more than enough storage in this minimalist kitchen from Brexton Cole Interiors that includes a white tile backsplash that stretches all the way to the ceiling, a simple black-and-white color scheme, and touches of vintage art and decor to add a sense of timelessness.