27 Chic and Stylish White Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

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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

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    Grant K. Gibson

    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.

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    Stay Traditional

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    Frankel Building Group

    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.

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    Customize Stock Cabinetry

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    Michele Gage

    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.

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    Add Beadboard Doors

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    Bibby + Brady

    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.

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    Mirror the Island

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    Alys Design

    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.

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    Mix with Marble

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    The Kitchen Studio

    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.

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    Add Farmhouse Vibes

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    House of Jade Interiors

    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.

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    Use Chalk Paint

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    Craftaholics Anonymous

    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.

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    Stick to Black and White

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    Heidi Caillier Design

    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.

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    Contrast With Wood

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    Noelle Interiors

    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.

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    Go Coastal

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    Noelle Interiors

    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. 

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    Keep It Simple

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    Orlando Soria

    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.

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    Use Glass Front Cabinetry

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    Shannon Tate Interiors

    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.

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    Integrate Nautical Details

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    McKinley Architects

    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.

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    Go Retro

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    Sarah Phipps Designs

    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

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    Keep It Open and Airy

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    EJ Interiors

    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.

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    Contrast with Rustic Beams

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    Meagan Rae Interiors

    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.

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    Shake Them Up

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    Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop

    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.

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    Use Minimal Hardware

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    Design by Maestri Studio / Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker 

    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.

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    Brighten with Gold Accents

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    Design by Brady Tolbert for Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Tessa Neustadt

    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.

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    Add Scandi Style

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    Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop

    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.

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    Choose an Off-White Shade

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Margaret Austin Photo

    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.

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    Pair With Gray

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Christy Q. Photo

    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.

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    Keep It Open

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    Louis Duncan-He Designs / Photo by Eymeric Wildling

    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.

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    Make Them Disappear

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Margaret Austin Photo

    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.

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    Add Midcentury Touches

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    Design by Joshua Smith Inc. / Photo by Lance Gerber

    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.

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    Go for a Timeless Look

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    Brexton Cole Interiors

    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.