White Paint Colors for Kitchen Cabinets

Everywhere you look online, white kitchen cabinets are all the rage. Actually white kitchens have been around forever, we just have more opportunity to look into people’s homes thanks to the internet and Pinterest. Anyway, I am in the middle of painting my cabinets white and I thought I’d share some great (and popular) white paint colors for kitchen cabinets.

5 popular white paint colors for kitchen cabinets. BM White Dove, BM Swiss Coffee, BM Chantilly Lace, SW Alabaster, SW Pure White | www.chatfieldcourt.com

5 Popular White Paint Colors

1. BM White Dove – a soft warm white with a touch of gray.

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2. BM Chantilly Lace – a true white that is not too gray or creamy.

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3. BM Swiss Coffee – a creamy white.

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4. SW Alabaster – a warm but crisp white. It’s often compared with BM White Dove.

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5. SW Pure White – a crisp white

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These are just a few of the whites I considered when I was trying to choose a color for my own kitchen cabinets. It took me several tries to pick “the one” for my cabinets but I finally found the perfect color.

If I could give you one good tip on choosing paint for your cabinets it is to try it in your room (not just with the paint chip). I bought a few pieces of poster board and painted them with the samples I picked out. Use painter’s tape to put your sample on your cabinet and keep it there for several days, look at it in daylight and at night. Try it all around your room, even near your appliances and backsplash material, and you’ll find your white. Picking a paint color for your kitchen cabinets doesn’t have to be stressful.

5 of the most popular white paint colors for kitchen cabinets. BM White Dove, BM Swiss Coffee, BM Chantilly Lace, SW Alabaster, SW Pure White | www.chatfieldcourt.com

Which one of these white paint colors did I go with?

We went with Benjamin Moore White Dove, and it was the perfect choice. I also used it on the trim, doors and 4 of the ceilings throughout our house. It’s safe to say that it’s one of my favorite paint colors.

Check out my completed kitchen remodel, here, with my white painted cabinets.

5 of the most popular white paint colors used for kitchen cabinets. BM White Dove, BM Chantilly Lace, BM Swiss Coffee, SW Alabaster, SW Pure White | www.chatfieldcourt.com

Are there any white paint colors that you’d love to use in your home?

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  1. Wednesday,February 25, 2015 / 7:27 am

    All my trim in my house is Chantilly Lace. It has a squirt of black in it and is a cold stark white. So if you want something warmer don’t use Chantilly Lace. If you want a stark white do. I really would love to change all my trim to something softer, but it would be so much work. If I can ever afford to hire someone to repaint all my trim I will.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 26, 2015 / 2:17 am

      I have painted almost all of the trim in my house and it is a huge job. I hope I don’t ever have to do it again. 😉 Thanks so much for sharing info on Chantilly Lace.

  2. Wednesday,February 25, 2015 / 8:43 am

    All the white in my home is Snowfall White (BM) which is actually on a card of green shades. I don’t see any green but I liked it with our white vinyl windows, carpet and favorite fabrics way back when we built the house in 1988, It still works well.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 26, 2015 / 2:19 am

      It’s great when you find a color that your happy with, isn’t it Barbara? Glad that it works so well for you.


  3. Wednesday,February 25, 2015 / 9:23 am

    Kitchen White in my kitchen. I like the crisp look of pure white with beach colors. If I every get the energy to strip the wall paper that came in my home I will paint the walls a soft yellow. The cabinets are a grey white but I will probably leave them since I can’t afford a painter and I refuse to paint cabinets again. LOL Been very slow progress on getting my condo done, I am not as young as I used to be.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 26, 2015 / 2:23 am

      Yellow sounds lovely with pure white trim. Our home redo is slow going at times too, I kind of burned myself out by going gun-ho in the beginning. Live and learn I guess. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by today Deborah.

  4. Havok
    Wednesday,February 25, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    I never knew there were so many different shades of white! I mean, I kinda figured, since there’s multiple shades of “greige” but it’s still crazy at the variety of these somewhat basic colors!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 26, 2015 / 2:24 am

      Too many choices if you ask me. Isn’t life hard enough? 😉


  5. MaryJean
    Wednesday,February 25, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Kristi, the only room that is white is my living/dining room and I don’t remember what name was it’s been so long. I’ve been thinking the room(s) could use a sprucing up. If I can’t remember the name it definitely DOES needs a new paint job! I’m fond of Behr paints so it will probably be repainted one of their whites, although I did like the BM Swiss Coffee in your post.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 26, 2015 / 2:28 am

      I haven’t had a white room in so long. I’ve debated whether or not to paint the walls white in the kitchen but that’s not something I’m going to worry about right now. I think white walls would look great with your beautifully painted hutch. 🙂


    • Maria
      Tuesday,June 30, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      Behr paints has swiss coffee. I have all my trim painted in it.

      • Kristi
        Wednesday,July 1, 2015 / 1:00 am

        That’s a great color too Maria! Thanks for sharing your paint choice.

  6. Kim
    Wednesday,March 4, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    Wow, those kitchens are truly stunning and I adore all the whites. I think I would have a really hard time choosing a color. I bet your cabinets are beautiful, can’t wait to check them out!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,March 5, 2015 / 12:43 am

      Thanks Kim. Picking a paint color is never easy for me and whites are especially hard. Glad I found something that works in our house. Thanks again for sharing your kitchen reno regrets.


  7. distresseddonna
    Tuesday,March 10, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    I love SW Dover White in my kitchen and recently fell in love with Valspar Bermuda Sand. I pick up old cabinet doors from Habitat and use them as sample boards. You are so right about seeing your paint choices in the area you will be using it.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,March 11, 2015 / 2:42 am

      Great idea using old cabinet doors from Habitat. Love that place. Thanks so much for sharing your fav paint colors too. I need to check out that Valspar Bermuda Sand.


  8. Stacey
    Friday,March 13, 2015 / 9:43 am

    Thanks! Those whites are beautiful! Will you be showing pictures of your cabinets when they are painted?

    • Kristi
      Friday,March 13, 2015 / 11:59 pm

      Yes Stacey, I’ll definitely show pictures of my painted cabinets. I’m working hard to get them finished. I hope you’ll come back to check our progress. Thanks for stopping in.


  9. Wednesday,March 18, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Hello, I just painted my kitchen cabinets with Alabaster from Sherwin Williams. I am really happy with it. It is like White Dove. I had a 40% off coupon for SW, so I matched the White Dove chip I had planned to use. I thought the paint was good too. I did a lot of research, you picked all colors that were on my short list.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,March 19, 2015 / 1:32 am

      I heard that SW Alabaster was a close match to BM White Dove. Isn’t it an awesome color?

      I am going to paint my basement stairway and try SW Alabaster so I’m excited to see how they measure up to each other. Hopefully I can find a coupon like you did. 40% off is great!


  10. Wednesday,March 18, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    I never knew there were so many different white choices for cabinets. That’s a good idea to put the paint on a poster board, rather than your cabinets. Thanks for the tip. I’m here from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,March 19, 2015 / 1:39 am

      There are so many whites out there that it’s overwhelming. I’m just glad that I found something that worked well in my house.

      So glad you liked my tip on painting poster board for sampling colors. It’s really helpful and you can just move it around your room without having different colored paint stripes all over your walls.

      Thanks so much for visiting today.

  11. Sue
    Monday,April 13, 2015 / 1:12 pm

    I have hired a cabinet painter and he starts on the 27th. I have looked at every white color and have had large swatches up on my cabinets for months now. Everyone recommends White Dove but it looks so dingy and dirty in my kitchen. Even my daughters and husband don’t like it. We are leaning towards Chantilly Lace as it seems to look beautiful at all times of day/night. I hope it isn’t too stark but I just can’t take the dirty look of White Dove in my kitchen. I have read as many articles as I can as to why White Dove looks so dirty and it seems that if one has a very bright kitchen with lots of light, it will look dirty. Darker rooms look good with White Dove it seems.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,April 14, 2015 / 2:43 am

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on white paint for your kitchen cabinets Sue. I’m glad that you were able to find a white that looks good in your kitchen. White Dove is very popular but not everyone likes it or can use it. Good luck with your cabinet painting.


    • Julie
      Monday,April 10, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      I just had my kitchen cabinets painted in white dove, but the painter had SW match it.
      Long story made short, they have a yellowish-green cast. I’m hoping one coat will do the trick. Is there a SW color that matches Behrs english coffee? I love that color. Thanks!

      • Kristi
        Wednesday,April 12, 2017 / 3:25 am

        Hi Julie. Did you try your local Sherwin Williams store? Maybe take a swatch of the color you like and they can match it. They can usually match another brands color pretty closely. Good luck!

  12. Friday,January 22, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I’m looking at buying a fixer upper that’s going to require a MAJOR paint overhaul. I’m leaning toward just picking a white and using it ceiling to floor including cabinets. Simplicity is the key at the moment. My question is, is there a finish that’s acceptable for ceiling, trim, and walls? I imagine cabinets all need to be semi-gloss but I really just need the easiest option to get the job done. I’m open to any insight you have.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 23, 2016 / 4:10 am

      First of all, congrats on taking the step to owning a home…and a fixer upper at that. Good for you. Hmmm, I understand exactly what you are saying about the paint. First I’ll address cabinets. I wouldn’t go with a semi gloss, too shiny. I would go with a satin, which has a lower sheen. I used it on the trim, cabinets and doors and it’s a very durable finish (trust me, cabinets and trim are a pain to paint so you only want to do it once). The paints I used on all of my walls had an eggshell sheen, which has less shine than satin. My ceilings were painted with a pearl, which is equivalent to an eggshell sheen, but you really need perfect ceilings if you’re going to use anything other than flat because every imperfection will show with a glossy sheen. So, if you want to stick with the least amount of paints, and you have pretty good walls and ceilings, you could go with eggshell on walls and ceiling and satin on cabinets, trim and doors. Hopefully I didn’t lose you in all of this and it was of some help. If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Best of luck to you. 🙂

  13. Amy
    Wednesday,June 22, 2016 / 10:49 am

    Looks great! Did you do your trim in kitchen Alabaster as well? painting our cabinets alabaster and trying to decide on a white for trim but i think i will just do alabaster too so they dont clash.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,June 23, 2016 / 12:33 am

      Thanks, Amy. Actually, the cabinets were painted with White Dove, the same color as all of the trim. Hope that helps.

  14. Leanne
    Sunday,September 25, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    I desperately love the square stainless steel barstools you have featured. Where can I find them !??!

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 26, 2016 / 12:19 am

      Hi Leanne. I’m so sorry but I have no idea where you can find the barstools. Have you clicked on the link at the bottom of the photo? I believe that it is from the Home Bunch website. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  15. SS
    Saturday,January 14, 2017 / 10:07 am

    I have to choose cabinet colorful my new kitchen . Looking for a white with a hint of black to tack the edge off
    Something that will look good with dark floors and cool color granite countertop.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,January 15, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      It’s hard to give recommendations on a room that I haven’t seen. You have to consider the lighting in the room and the colors of your floors and countertops. I would suggest you take a few colors that you like and paint a piece of poster board. Put the samples around your kitchen and look at them in different light.

      Best of luck and I’m sure that, whatever you choose, your kitchen will look beautiful.

  16. Carol S.
    Tuesday,October 24, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    I’m debating between SW Albaster and Pure white for my kitchen Reno. I want carrera-type quartz countertops. Which do you think would work better?

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 25, 2017 / 5:18 am

      Hi Carol. Suggesting paint colors is a bit tricky. Theres’s so many factors to take into account, mostly light in your room. SW Alabaster was used in my home, by the previous owner, and it looks very yellow (there’s not much natural light in the room). I would take a chip of each color and a sample of the countertop you want to use and put it in the room. I think that will tell you what color you should use. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions (and I’d love to hear which color you go with).

  17. Nellie
    Thursday,February 8, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    I am getting my cabinets painted in Swiss Coffee. I am wondering whether I should paint the walls, trim, and ceilings all in Swiss Coffee. I dont have alot of wall space anyway. Right now my walls are Pale Almond and my trim and ceilings are simply white which is pretty much through my whole house. Did you paint everything in White Dove?

    • Kristi
      Friday,February 9, 2018 / 2:17 am

      Hi Nellie! My cabinets and trim were painted in White Dove, Advance, satin. The ceiling was painted in White Dove, pearl finish. Our walls were painted in Gray Owl at 50% strength. I didn’t have a lot of wall space but I wanted a little bit of contrast so the cabinets, ceiling and trim would stand out. Hope this helps. Good luck with painting your kitchen. 🙂

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