Favorite White Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

While I love kitchen cabinets in non-traditional paint colors (like this post about my favorite non-white cabinet paint colors), the vast number of kitchens that I do are a shade of white.  Let’s face it, white kitchens are classic, timeless and popular.  And I don’t see them going out of favor anytime soon.  I get a lot of questions about paint colors on the kitchen jobs that I do, and through this blog as well.  I have some favorites of my own, but I also asked the members of a refinishing group that I’m in, seeking some that I haven’t used.  So I have a great source of expertise to share with you today!  I’m really excited to share my favorite white kitchen cabinet paint colors, and I hope you’ll find it useful.  I know choosing a white paint color can be overwhelming.  This post contains some affiliate links.

Alabaster (Sherwin Williams)

Alabaster is one of those whites that is a classic and a great go-to color for cabinets.  It’s a bit of a warmer white, but not in a yellow-ish way.  It’s soft and subtle, and great for trim as well as cabinets.  If you have existing finishes that are warm, but are looking to update the look of your kitchen, consider Alabaster, as it plays well with others like that.

This kitchen from Tiger Lily Designs and Interiors speaks perfectly to the beauty of Alabaster.  Warm tones in the floors, counters and backsplash, but still fresh and gorgeous.

My friend Kayla at Painted by Kayla Payne does some great cabinet makeovers, including a few in Alabaster.

Painted Cabinets in Alabaster

A beautiful redo in Alabaster from Bella Via Design.

Favorite White Cabinet Paint Colors - Alabaster

Dover White (Sherwin Williams)

Dover White (SW6385) is another white that falls into the warm category, as far as whites go.  I think one thing that people need to keep in mind when choosing a white for cabinets, is that you have to work with the finishes that you already have (if you’re not changing them).  This is crucial to pulling together a cohesive finished look.  When you choose the right white for your finishes, the look is seamless.  The wrong color sticks out like a sore thumb.

This kitchen from Hampton Fine Finishes puts Dover White in the spotlight beautifully.  

Dover White (Sherwin Williams)

Dover White Cabinets

Again, Kayla rocked out this kitchen in Dover White.  It really does well with warm finishes, and I’m working on a kitchen in this color right now.  Such a pretty, warm white that doesn’t feel stark at all, but still gives you the look of a bright kitchen.

Dover White - Favorite Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

Chantilly Lace (Benjamin Moore)

Chantilly Lace (OC-65) falls into the category of more of true white, without any undertones that you find in other white paint colors.  It’s crisp and clean and looks great with some of the quartz and marble countertops that are so popular these days.  

Chantilly Lace Kitchen Cabinets - Benjamin Moore

Chantilly Lace Cabinets

Chantilly Lace Painted Cabinets

Pure White (Sherwin Williams)

Sherwin Williams’ Pure White isn’t a “true white” like Chantilly Lace, but it’s pretty darn close.  It has a bit of a blue undertone, making it a great pairing for marble or white quartz countertops.

It looks great in this kitchen paired with the gorgeous countertops.  Great work from Moore Painting & Pressure Washing.

Pure White - Sherwin Williams

And it’s a great contrast against the black countertops in this kitchen from J&L Vintage Decor.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets in Pure White

This kitchen from Bella Via Design pairs Pure White with Lazy Gray for a soft and subtle look.

Pure White Painted Kitchen Cabinets - Sherwin Williams

I did a kitchen last year in Pure White as well.  Again, it is another that plays well with grays and clean whites in a kitchen.

Snowbound (Sherwin Williams)

Snowbound is another gorgeous go-to paint color that is very popular in the refinishing world.  I’ve done kitchens in this color, and it’s one that I can trust to work with many of the newer finishes out there, while it also plays well with some of the existing finishes in a home.  It’s a warm, soft white.

I’ve done quite a few kitchens in Snowbound, and it’s never disappointed me.

This one from Amy Murry Designs is a stunner.

Favorite Whites - Painted Cabinets in Snowbound

In this kitchen, you can see that it’s soft enough to play well with the gray tones in the tile, but still goes with the wood tones in the flooring.

White Painted Cabinets

Simply White – Benjamin Moore

Simply White (OC-117) has been one of my stand by paint colors for a long time now.  It’s not a true white, but has enough colorant in it that it works well in lots of kitchens.  It’s also a popular one for a lot of cabinet painters.  Here it is in a kitchen from Wet Paint Professional Painters.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets in Simply White

Here is a kitchen I did in Simply White awhile back (with a pretty island in Chelsea Gray).

Simply White Kitchen Cabinets

You can see that Simply White is a pretty choice in this two-toned kitchen (also in Chelsea Gray).  Go figure!

Two toned kitchen Simply White and Chelsea Gray

Favorite White Cabinet Colors - Simply White

White Dove – Benjamin Moore

White Dove (OC-17) is another color that I can always count on.  It’s a warm white, but not so warm that it looks yellowy.  It’s not as warm as Dover White (I know, it’s easy to get them mixed up), but it’s warmer than Simply White.  

I love it in this kitchen, paired with an island in Urbane Bronze (which is another color favorite of mine).

Urbane Bronze Kitchen Island with White Dove Cabinets

It’s a great choice for a home where you have warm colors that aren’t going anywhere.  Like this kitchen – the warm countertops and floors call for a white that isn’t too stark.

Benjamin Moore White Dove Painted Kitchen Cabinets

White Dove Painted Cabinets

Decorator’s White – Benjamin Moore

Decorator’s White (CC-20) has the smallest of undertones and works beautifully with white counters and backsplashes. So, if you know that you want to do your counters in a marble or something similar (but perhaps don’t have the budget yet), this is a safe choice if you choose do paint your cabinets first.  This kitchen was my giveaway kitchen, and I know they have plans to change the counters in the future, so Decorator’s White was their paint color choice.

Favorite White Paint Colors for Cabinets

You can see how beautifully the color works in this kitchen with the countertops.  (The island color in this kitchen is Cheating Heart, in case you’re wondering – a stunner!).

Decorator's White Painted Cabinets Cheating Heart Island

Creamy (Sherwin Williams)

Creamy (SW 7012) falls into more of the “off-white” shade of white.  It’s very rich and gorgeous, and is a beautiful warm shade.  Sometimes your kitchen finishes just require a warm white, and this is a great option.  And don’t worry, it will still brighten things up in your kitchen.  I think sometimes it’s easy to worry that it won’t look white enough, or you can be set that you want a “white kitchen”, but again, you need to consider your existing finishes and key off of them.

Sherwin Williams Creamy

Sherwin Williams Creamy

So there you have it – some of my favorite white kitchen cabinet paint colors.  If you’re looking for a “perfect white” for your kitchen cabinets, this is at least a good start, right? Am I missing one of your favorites?

If you’re tired of white, check out my favorite non-white paint colors for cabinets here.  Are you looking to learn how to redo your cabinets yourself?  Check out this post. You can check out my favorite tools and products, here.  If you’re looking for someone to paint your cabinets, here is a list of questions to ask before you hire them.

Jenny

 

 

 

 

 

5 Comments

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    Denise
    January 24, 2020 at 8:59 am

    This is a very timely post! We are in the beginning stages of cabinet paint, taking cabinets t the ceiling, new counter tops and refinishing our hardwood floors. Our kitchen/living area, as it is open concept is painted Navajo white, I haven’t tried paint colors yet but am thinking Simply White as Navajo as a bit of yellow in it. What are your thoughts? Thanks

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    brenda alger
    August 10, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if you could recommend a white paint color that would go over quarter sawn oak shaker style cabinets? I believe they are a pecan color and it comes off orange to me. I have had them for a good 12 years and they are in great shape so we wanted to reuse them. Any input would be greatly appreciated! This is so overwhelming!! thanks so much
    Brenda

    • Reply
      Jenny
      August 12, 2020 at 11:23 pm

      I would recommend taking cues from the other finishes in your kitchen – flooring, countertops, etc… That’s your best bet in choosing a paint color.

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    Estelle
    August 24, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Excellent post. Wish I had read this before repainting my kitchen cabinets. My cabinet guy recommended BM Decorator White. He said he’s done a ton of brand new kitchens in that color. Unfortunately it is very cold, and stark. Trying to warm up the space with fabric and accessories… sigh..

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      Jenny
      August 25, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      Ugh – that’s tough. I’m so sorry.

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