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Best White Paint for Kitchen Cabinets

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The best white paint for kitchen cabinets, including paint colors from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams.

Everywhere you look online, white kitchen cabinets are all the rage.

Actually, white cabinets and 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 just experiencing white cabinets in the kitchen for the first time ever so I thought I’d share some of my picks for the best white paint for kitchen cabinets.

Maybe you’ll find that perfect white paint color, or the best off-white paint color, for your own kitchen cabinets!

white kitchen cabinets in small galley kitchen

What is the best white paint color for kitchen cabinets?

White Dove Benjamin Moore

This popular paint color is a soft warm white with a touch of gray. It’s perfect not only for kitchen cabinets but on walls, ceilings and trim.

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Decorpad – BM White Dove

Chantilly Lace Benjamin Moore

Chantilly Lace is a true white with a bit of a blue undertone that’s neither too gray or too creamy.

It’s a great paint color to use in a kitchen that gets tons of natural light.

Studio McGee white kitchen
Studio McGee – BM Chantilly Lace

Swiss Coffee Benjamin Moore 

This popular paint color is a beautiful creamy and warm white with yellow undertones and a hint of green.

kitchen with white cabinets
Chic Home Designz – BM Swiss Coffee

Alabaster Sherwin Williams 

Alabaster is a warm but crisp white that not too yellow. It’s often compared with Benjamin Moore White Dove.

white kitchen with round wood table in the center
Decorpad – SW Alabaster

It’s actually the paint color that was used on the trim in our North Carolina cottage.

Pure White Sherwin Williams 

If you’re looking for a pure bright white than SW Pure White is for you. It’s a beautiful crisp white color that is perfect for kitchen cabinets.

These are just a few of the whites I considered when I was trying to choose white paint for my own kitchen cabinets. 

How to choose the right white paint color for kitchen cabinets

It took me several tries to pick “the one” to get the white kitchen cabinets of my dreams but I finally found the perfect color.

I know it doesn’t always feel this way but picking a paint color for your kitchen cabinets doesn’t have to be stressful.

If I could give you one good tip for choosing a paint color for your cabinets it is to try it in your room (don’t only rely on a tiny paint chip).

The way I like to do this is by getting a few pieces of white poster board at the Dollar Store and painting each one with the paint samples I picked out.

I used painter’s tape and taped the samples on our cabinets, keeping them there for several days, making sure to check out the color in both daylight and at night.

I also found it important to move the color all around the room, even near appliances and backsplash material.

If you don’t want to go out and buy samples, you could order a few online.

You could also order a few peel and stick paint samples from Samplize.

Samplize will send you a peel and stick paint sample, that you pick out, and send it to you in a few days.

It only costs $5.95, which is very reasonable considering the paper and the test can of paint that you would have to go out and purchase.

galley kitchen cabinets painted white with granite countertops

Which one of these white paint colors did I paint my kitchen cabinets?

We went with Benjamin Moore White Dove in a Satin finish, 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 white paint colors ever.

remodeled galley kitchen view

See my white kitchen cabinets and my completed kitchen remodel, along with my custom DIY refrigerator cabinet.

What do you think is the best white for kitchen cabinets?

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  1. We just bought a house and I am trying to decide which color to paint the kitchen cabinets, they are currently baby blue. The kitchen is also small. We are planning on painting the interior of the house simply white. Should I also paint the cabinets simply white or should I do a brighter white such as chantilly lace, or a different color all together on the cabinets?

  2. Hi,
    I’m having my kitchen painted white on Saturday. The pai ter just told me tonight to pick a color by friday. There are so many whites!

    I need some serious help! My floor is a slate green and I’m planning on painting the kitchen walls white and the cabinets, do you need to paint with the same white? Im guessing that’s a yes.

    I’m learning about cool whites and warm whites, due to the dark green floor, should I stay with warm whites like Swiss Coffee or White Dove? I have a skylight with wood trim, it will be painted as well, although I’m leaving the wood alone. I’m going to replace the countertop also, but right now I need help with white paint colors. So far BM Simply White, Swiss Coffee and White Dove keep coming up in articles. What would you recommend? And do I paint the doors and trim in Satin and then have the walls painted in Eggshell?

    Thank you for your help!

  3. In a kitchen that doesn’t get a lot of natural light what white would you recommend? I was not looking for stark white but all don’t want yellow or cream color. Thanks!

    1. It’s always tough to recommend a paint color for a room without actually seeing it. With that said I used BM White Dove in our kitchen where we didn’t get a lot of natural light. My recommendation would be to paint a few pieces of poster board in your favorite whites and hang them on the wall. Look at the samples in different light, during the day and night. I’m sure you will find the perfect white. Hope this helps.

  4. I really love white. Aside from its clean looking, the ambiance is so peaceful. I’ve been practicing minimalism and I am planning to redo my kitchen with a minimalist design. I’ll just wait for my local concrete contractor to get done with their job outside and this will be my next project.

  5. This is just what I needed! I love how bright and open white cabinets make kitchens look and feel. I’m having my kitchen cabinets redone by a local cabinet refinisher in a few weeks, and I’m debating on which white color to choose, so this post was very helpful!

  6. Hello!I just subscribed to your newsletter. I love all your projects especially your white kitchen cabinets. We are about to begin a home remodel. My cabinets are beautiful dark oak but I want to lighten things up . A few years ago we had the plate rail removed & crown molding added. We had santa cecelia granite installed,travertine back splashes , new can lights & quality laminate wood flooring.
    Planning to take out all carpet & install hardwoods & wider baseboard. Also crown molding in main living spaces.
    I’m planning to do the painting myself on doors,trim & window casings. Will try to find a professional for kitchen cabinets.
    I picked up several paint samples today;SW alabaster,BM swiss coffee ,BM white down & BM white dove. I really don’t want a stark white kitchen. What’s your opinion on kitchen cabinets in swiss coffee & doors,trim & baseboards in alabaster?
    Also your advice on prepping the wood stained trim & window sills & trim. We’ll be installing new doors.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    1. Hi Lisa,

      So sorry for the delay with my response, I was out of town for a few days. It sounds like you have quite a big project going.

      All the paint colors that you picked out are great choices for brightening up a kitchen. I also didn’t want stark white and that is why I went with BM White Dove. I think that BM Swiss Coffee would be a great paint color for your kitchen cabinets. My advice would be to paint a poster board with the paint colors that you really like and put them around the room. If you like the SW Alabaster, put that with the Swiss Coffee and see how you like it. Our walls were all painted with SW Alabaster and it was too yellow in our living room and hallway (which have little natural light). It really depends on the lighting in your own home.

      As for prepping the trim and window sills, it should be fairly simple. If there is a shine to the finish, you need to sand it down with a 150 grit sandpaper. Sand it smooth and then wipe off the dust with a damp rag. If there isn’t a shine, I would just rough up the wood a bit with the sandpaper. After the wood is sanded and clean of dust, I would prime it before painting. You may need to sand in between coats if the paint raises the grain.

      Hope all of this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck with your home remodel. 🙂

  7. 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?

    1. 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. 🙂

        1. Hi Jain. I had the Gray Owl paint mixed at 50% strength, meaning that it’s 50% lighter than the color that you would usually get. I loved the color but I wanted it to be a bit lighter. If you decide you want to do this just ask at the paint store. They usually know how to do it. Hope this helps.

  8. 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?

    1. 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).

  9. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

  12. 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.

    1. 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.


    2. 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!

      1. 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!

  13. 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.

    1. 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.

  14. 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.

    1. 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!


    1. 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.


  15. 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.

  16. 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!

    1. 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.


  17. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂


  18. 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!

  19. 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.

    1. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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