Choosing White Cabinets: Differences and Comparisons

So you’ve decided to go with white as the primary color for your new kitchen cabinets, one of the most popular colors for such items in many homes. That means your work selecting the color for your cabinets is completely finished now, right? Wrong.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re here to offer a huge range of kitchen cabinet styles, from base cabinets to utility cabinets and many others — and we offer every color imaginable in our spectrum of selection options. We’ve assisted many clients who wanted to go with white for their cabinet needs, and we’re here to tell you: Simply saying “white” doesn’t end this conversation by a long shot. What do you need to know about the different varieties of white for kitchen cabinets, and how do you choose the ideal shade for your kitchen? Here’s a primer in this two-part blog series.

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Not All White Colors Are Created Equal

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, the term “white” is an umbrella for a wide variety of colors, from “off-white” to “pure white.” And each color in this spectrum can create a different look and feel for your kitchen.

For example, let’s say you’re interested in creating a bright, airy space with your new kitchen cabinets. In that case, you might want to consider choosing a “pure white” color for your cabinets. This shade is typically associated with a clean, crisp look that can really open up a space.

On the other hand, if you’re trying to create a more warm and inviting kitchen space, an “off-white” color might be more your speed. These colors often have slight tints of other colors (such as yellow, blue, or green) mixed in, which can give your kitchen a softer look overall.

There are even “antique white” colors available for kitchen cabinets, which can give your kitchen an elegant and timeless feel. These colors often have brown or gray hues mixed in, providing a bit more of a “neutral” look.

Undertones and Comparisons

For many people, especially those without a particular eye for color, understanding all of the different undertones in white colors can be confusing and overwhelming. Some feel they can’t truly tell the difference between, say, “pure white” and “off-white.”

One of the simplest methods here: Get a look at multiple white color variations, which we’ll be happy to provide to you in swaths or other samples, side-by-side. This can give you a much better idea of the slight variations in color between two “white” options.

You might also want to hold these swatches up against other colors in your kitchen to see how they might compare or contrast. For example, if you have stainless steel appliances, how does the white color look next to that?

In part two of our series, we’ll go over how to consider white variations against your other kitchen elements, plus some other important themes here. For more on this, or to learn about any of our custom kitchen cabinets or related products, speak to the team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.