White kitchen cabinets are very popular. On Facebook Kitchen Remodeling groups people argue the merits of white cabinets. Every brand has white doors and some have ,title else. That is how popular they are.
I’ve seen many beautiful white kitchens in all styles, from super contemporary to farmhouse traditional. All very nice. I really like them.
However, beyond the look of a white kitchen, consider living with one.
First, ads even a third grader knows, white gets dirty fast. Every smudge, every small scratch, dent or mar is noticeable. What looks great when the kitchen is brand new, or in a showroom or a photoshopped magazine or online photo might not look so great in a few years. This is true of light colors in general, but white is outstanding at showing dirt.
Nurses and doctors wear white to look sanitary. White kitchens tend to look sanitary too. They require extra maintenance for this same reason. If you are a neat person with time to scrub, this is not a problem. But for busy households where everyone has numerous jobs in life, keeping a white kitchen pristine might not be doable over time.
What about not-white cabinets. Gray is very popular as are wood grains. Thermofoil doors are easy to clean with a sponge swipe and darker colors look great even with small marks or small fingerprints on them which are just not so visible.
I’ve heard it argued that white is traditional and will sell a house faster than a color. I have never seen proof of this, have you?
On the other hand, a WELL DESIGNED kitchen (ultimately design is the key) with gray, silver, wood grain finishes, and even high gloss red or satin blue, can look utterly custom and might well command a higher selling price. Just design it well.
Of course, in some areas, a color in a kitchen might be shocking. But in metropolitan areas where modern design trends are visible everywhere, a white kitchen might be considered low end when competing homes have elegant contemporary colors in the kitchen. As white is no longer the paint color of choice, it’s possible that in any given locale, white cabinets are out and colors are in. Not random colors placed haphazardly, but elegantly designed kitchens with modern styling.
We offer 17 different white finishes. I love white cabinets. But were I to choose for my own home, I’d go with a satin finish like Sea Glass. Or Woven Aluminum, a metallic gloss that is a subtle and light color that is white-like but super modern and beautiful.