White Kitchen Cabinets: Popular and Versatile

White kitchens periodically surge in popularity. Homeowners love the look. Kitchen supply and appliance manufacturers and suppliers made it their business to supply the aficionados of white appliances. But what about cabinets? Why do we love white kitchens cabinets?

It starts with the light, which is essential in a kitchen


Overhead and task lighting will work, of course, but there is something about natural light which teases the eye and makes it linger. That’s one of the reasons a window seat is a coveted spot in a restaurant, and why people put their tables near a window. We think it’s for the view, but the light is alluring. White makes the room brighter because it reflects the light into the room.  Cabinets, as vertical surfaces, reflect that light.

White kitchens with natural lighting sell homes

White makes a kitchen look clean and inviting. It also makes space seem larger, beckoning friends and family to come in and lend a hand or loiter for a bit. But, when kitchen cabinets are painted white, every print and spatter is visible, so natural lighting can work in both directions.

White is versatile

When kitchen cabinets are painted white, they pair well with other whites. They also match phenomenally well with color, thus making it simple to reinvent a kitchen which already has any color in a countertop and appliances.  White cabinets pair with all of these.


Not everyone agrees

Not everyone loves white cabinets. Also, a homeowner who already has a white kitchen may reconsider. Some people have a great fondness for change. At some point, the same gaze which so lovingly embraced the white kitchen may come to crave color. Professional cabinet painting then becomes a paramount value, since the kitchen is the heart of the home for many families.

White works wonders

The beauty of being able to work with a white to create a new look is that a homeowner can rework an entire kitchen around classic white cabinets without enormous time, trouble, or expense. Once that style no longer appeals to them, the kitchen can be reworked again, once more without a massive expenditure of time and funds, to create another look. 

A homeowner wants to love the look of their kitchen year after year. And be able to make it look fresh and new if they get in the mood for a change. Painting kitchen cabinets and walls white allow for this and do it in a way that blends freshness with a lifetime of durability.

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