Is White Still a Popular Choice for Kitchen Cabinets?

Is White Still a Popular Choice for Kitchen Cabinets?

White kitchen cabinets have long been “in”. From the white metal cabinets of the 50s and 60s to simple white Shaker cabinets to more ornate designs, white cabinets make a kitchen look bright and cheery.

Browse through research about kitchen cabinets and décor and you’ll find that white always comes in as one of the top choices amongst homeowners building a new kitchen or remodeling an old one. And whether it’s bright white or off-white, the color always seems to be a favorite. Here’s why!

They make your kitchen look spacious

Even if your kitchen is tiny with little more than a few cabinets and appliances, white kitchen cabinets can make it look much larger than it is. Ask any homeowner about their white cabinets and they’ll mention words like airy, spacious, and other adjectives that describe a decent-sized space.

The truth is, of course, that white cabinets can’t make your room larger, but it can make it look much bigger. It’s all an optical illusion. Conversely, dark colors are associated with enclosed spaces and a kitchen with dark cabinets often looks smaller than it really is. So, if your kitchen is space-challenged, consider something in white as you ponder your remodel.

They add brightness to your kitchen

White kitchen cabinets, even in a kitchen that has little natural light, make the room look lighter and brighter. That’s because the color white can reflect lots of light whereas colors on the other end of the spectrum, like black, reflect very little light. As a matter of fact, white has a 100 percent Light Reflectance Value. You can’t get any brighter than that!

So, homeowners whose kitchen is devoid of large windows naturally turn to white to lighten up their space. Add some great artificial lighting and it’ll be even brighter!

They make your kitchen look cleaner

White kitchen cabinets aren’t cleaner than, say, cherry or oak cabinets. As a matter of fact, they may show dirt more quickly than their darker counterparts. But, again, white makes people think “fresh and clean”, two attributes you certainly want associated with your kitchen.

If you maintain your cabinets well, they’ll always look clean and fresh. Add some other great hygienic options like non-porous quartz countertops and you’ll have a kitchen that’s safe for the whole family and unlikely to develop mold, mildew, and other bacteria.

You’ll have lots of décor options

Anything goes with white! It’s that simple. When you include white kitchen cabinets in your remodeling plan, no matter their style, options for the rest of the décor are unlimited.

Certainly, you can stick with all white, but you can also add some pizazz with interesting countertops, a colorful backsplash, a patterned floor, and even some super vibrant retro appliances in colors like red, yellow, orange, or blue.

If you like the white palette, you can add just a few small swatches of color with artwork, floral arrangements, canister sets, and more. Your kitchen can be as bright and vibrant or as subdued as you wish.

Your look will be timeless

Truly, white kitchen cabinets are as popular now as they were 50 years ago and the look they portray is one of timelessness and classiness. Because they’ve been a top trend for decades, there’s little chance that you’ll need to worry about them going out of style any time in the near future.

That also means you’ll be less likely to want to remodel in just a few years, which may not be the case if you go with something more trendy and not as traditional than white. And the less work you need to do to keep the kitchen up-to-date, the less money you’ll be spending on upkeep or remodeling…again.

At Mr. Cabinet Care, we’ve been on top of the white cabinet trend for decades. We’ve got every style and every shade of white available and are excited to show you what a white kitchen can do for your space. Whether you’re just interested in refacing your cabinets or are planning on a full remodel, we can loan you our expertise and, together, come up with a kitchen plan that’s right for you and your budget. Visit us at for more information.

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