Whether you're hoping to spruce up a country farmhouse or make some temporary changes to a rental, chances are a fresh coat of paint is top of the to-do list. After all, re-painting is the easiest, quickest, and likely the most inexpensive way to add life and vibrancy to any home. Here, we've rounded up the best white kitchen cabinet paint colors—from crisp, clean whites to warmer off whites and antique whites—for getting that clean, airy look of your dreams.
And since we know it can be hard to visualize an entire room from just a swatch of paint, we've made it easier to use your imagination. Not only have we included linked color samples, we're also sharing gorgeous, helpful pictures of real-life kitchens that will help you better see the paint colors in action. (Still, be sure to get a sample from the paint store to test!)
Brush one of these warm and cool white hues onto your cabinets, or simply use it on a smaller, individual element such as a DIY kitchen island or a built-in accent cabinet—the options and possibilities here are endless. If you are tackling a DIY kitchen cabinet makeover on your own—no fear! Just follow our step-by-step guide to painting kitchen cabinets.
And, don’t stop at the cabinets! If your kitchen upgrade dreams involve more than a fresh coat of paint, look to these kitchen design trends for more ways to bring your room charm and style.
Want some more white kitchen inspiration? From small-space galley kitchens to wide open multi-functional great rooms, check out more beautiful white kitchens to help you figure out what’s the best look—and shade of white—for your own kitchen.
Cottage Cozy Kitchen
Designer Whitney McGregor looked to vintage kitchens composed of freestanding furniture for inspiration for the white painted cabinets in her small-space galley kitchen. Insets of metal ventilation screen panels bring interest to the flat panel white cabinets without much expense while bin pulls and exposed nickel hinges add vintage styling with a bit of shimmer.
Perfect Pairing of White and Wood Tones
In this Georgia farmhouse, you can't help but be drawn into the open and inviting kitchen. To add warmth and visual weight to the spacious kitchen's all white surround, designer James Farmer topped the crisp white painted cabinets with richly toned heartpine countertops, lined the shiplap walls with natural wood shelves, and surrounded the Carrara marble topped island with dark stained barstools.
Farmhouse Fresh Kitchen
Lifestyle expert and author Liz Marie Galvan (@lizmariegalvan) used gallons and gallons of white paint in the transformation of her circa-1800s saltbox-style farmhouse. The cozy kitchen was no exception, where she grounded the airy wrap of pure white cabinets, shiplap walls, and pine floors with a hunky antique pine island that was likely a former general-store counter.
A Small Kitchen That Lives Large
Stylist Matthew Gleason "enlarged" the small kitchen in his 300-year-old Cape Cod with the visual trick of painting the kitchen cabinets, walls, trim, and ceiling all the same pretty off white. The white kitchen island and all white accessories—sans the sunny yellow mixer—add to the airy feel.
In this Maryland kitchen, white beadboard fronted cabinets add an airy contrast against its sage green painted walls and mix of dark wood, soapstone, and brick-style tile surfaces.
Timeless White Kitchen
In this Vermont farmhouse kitchen, crisp white painted cabinetry pairs with warm woods, unlacquered brass hardware, and black accents for a timeless look that is fresh and inviting.
This California home's cabinetry, coated in crisp white paint, is a breath of fresh country air.
Big and Bright
If you're looking to make your kitchen feel larger and more open, coat your cabinets with a bright white.
Perfect for Patterns
While some whites can look too harsh next to bold patterns, this grayish hue looks just right.
The shiny subway tiles in this Ohio farmhouse don't look washed out thanks to the warm antique white tint chosen here.
The Best Neutral
A warm white acts as the perfect neutral while still adding some depth to the room.
A Pretty Basic
The off-white color on these cabinets perks up this kitchen, and also beautifully showcases the reclaimed cypress wood island.
Inside this kitchen full of light and dark details, the off-white cabinets were designed to enhance the countertops, which are made of rich mahogany.
Warm and Inviting
These creamy cabinets and island make this kitchen feel casual, homey, and comfortable.
The cabinets of this Texas ranch are painted in a warm, beige-y shade of white.
Perfect for Pairing
White kitchen cabinets look crisp and clean next to a variety of colors, but as you can see, they're especially stunning when paired with pastels.