White is a wonderful neutral paint color option. If you want to paint a cabinet while staying light, bright, and neutral, white is a great option. Here are my favorite white paint colors for cabinets!
Whether you are designing a kitchen or a bathroom, cabinet color is one thing that can date a space quickly. Luckily, it is also something that is easy and inexpensive to change.
If you are looking for a neutral color that will instantly brighten a space – white makes a great cabinet color!
White sounds simple, right? But, there are so many shades of white! How do you pick one?
How to pick the best white paint color for kitchen cabinets
There are few things to consider when selecting a paint color for your white kitchen cabinets.
First is to pick a color family. Congrats – if you are here, it seems like you picked white 🙂
Then, think about colors within that family. Do you want something lighter or darker? Brighter or more muted? What undertones do you want?
Next, you want to get paint samples. I suggest buying at least three paint samples if you want to paint walls. Paint them on your walls in at LEAST three different spots each.
You want to make sure you have test spots near anything that is not changing, such as trim, carpet or flooring, or cabinets.
Now, let that dry (do 2 coats if it needs it) and then look at it over the course of at least 2 days. Look at it in morning, day, and evening light. Look at it with the lights on and the lights off.
All of these things effect how a paint color looks on your cabinets!
The temperature of a paint color
Paint colors are either warm toned or cool toned.
Warm toned white are often called “creamy” and have a bit more brown or yellow in them.
Cool toned whites are more icey and usually have blue or gray undertones.
Which temperature of white is right for you?
Look at the elements of your room already – usually flooring, trim color, or furniture you know you want to use. Usually they will feel either warm or cold. Try to stay within that same family for the most cohesive look and feel.
I am excited to break down some of the most popular white cabinet paint colors with you.
The Best White Paint Colors for Cabinets
There are tons of options for white cabinet colors. Here are some favorites!
Sherwin Williams Alabaster SW 7008
Alabaster is an ultra popular (2016 color of the year!) creamy white paint color. It is not pure white but has creamy beige undertones. It is not at all yellow.
This color is a perfect balance between warm and cool, which is a big part of what makes it so universally appealing and one of the best white paints for cabinets!
Sherwin Williams Pure White SW 7005
Pure White is a bright white color with a slight warmth – but no creaminess – to it. This color has a very tiny amount of yellow undertone to it which is what gives it that warmth, however it really does not read as yellow at all. This makes it one of the best white cabinet colors!
Benjamin Moore White Dove
White Dove is a soft, warm white color. It has slight green undertones to it. Placed next to a white sheet of paper, it can look slightly yellow, but on its own it almost never reads that way.
This is a great neutral paint color for walls or trim! This is one of the most popular Benjamin Moore paint colors, and for a great reason!
Behr Polar Bear
This color is very close to white dove due to its greenish undertones. However, Polar Bear is a bit brighter and therefore seems lighter. It’s a great option for clean but not stark looking walls or trim.
Behr Swiss Coffee
Swiss Coffee is another ultra popular white paint color by Behr. This color is a bit creamier, with more beige undertones, and less stark white. It has a neutral base, which helps to keep it from looking yellow. It is a slightly off white but does not read tan at all.
Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White SW7035
Aesthetic white is really less of a white and more of a light greige paint color. It has a lot of beige and a little gray to it. North-facing windows will bing out the beige, while southern facing windows will let this color feel more white!
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65
Chantilly Lace is the whitest white paint color Benjamin Moore offers. It’s a very bright white, with crisp clean cool tones. It’s a very pure white and a favorite of many designers for that reason.
Benjamin Moore Chalk White 2126-70
This is another bright, bold white with a bit of a cold undertone to it. It has slight gray undertones to it, giving it that cool, clean look.
Behr Ultra Pure White 1850
Ultra Pure White is about the whitest white paint color that there is across brands. It has a LRV of 94, which is very close to pure white (100). While there isn’t much of an undertone to it, being that bright white makes it feel cool and slightly gray toned.
Benjamin Moore White Diamond
This cool white paint color has slightly blue and gray undertones to it. This is what makes it so white and combined with its brightness and crispness, it pairs really well with other cool colors.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound SW 7004
This is another crisp cool gray with a gray undertone. It looks pretty pure white until you put it next to other whites, at which point you really see the gray undertones!
Any more questions about the best white paint colors for your cabinets?!
Still not sure what paint color to choose?
My Paint Color Formula ebook walks you through the painless process of expertly testing paint swatches to ensure you have the perfect color for your home.
The best way to sample paint? Samplize!
Thanks for reading!
Morgan is passionate about home decor and paint colors. She has been sharing DIY home decor tips since 2012 at CharlestonCrafted.com. From there, she learned to love paint colors, and the Paint Color Project was born in 2022!