Pros And Cons Of White Kitchen Cabinets

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If you're thinking about remodeling your kitchen, and you want to know what is the best color for your cabinets, there are many things that people consider when choosing a new color scheme for their kitchens, such as style or cost.

However, one of the most important factors in creating a functional space is making sure that the colors of your kitchen cabinets look nice together.

When it comes to picking out cabinet colors there are many options available but white may be the best choice because it can create an open feeling and give off more light than darker shades.

Let's dive deep into the pros and cons of white kitchen cabinets.

Why are white kitchen cabinets so popular?

Kitchen cabinets come in many different colors but white is by far the most popular color for them. 

With an open feel that's bright and airy, a kitchen with white kitchen cabinets can easily flow between the dining area or living room, creating a space that's modern and stylish. You can even lay the dining table right inside your kitchen area. 

Other colors like black, maroon, or red would be too overwhelming to put in such proximity to the other parts of your home. The white also benefits because it will reflect more light into your kitchen instead of drawing all of it out into another darker room. This creates an overall brighter feeling as well.

A functional kitchen with white cabinets also means that you can add more bright colors around the space. A wall of yellow or orange flowers against a backdrop of white is much more pleasing than having to choose between a black, brown, or grey color for the cupboards.

It's also easier to clean up stains when you have white kitchen cabinets because just one swipe of your sponge will cover it back up. You won't need to rub and scrub at it to get rid of it like you would with other colors. If you're thinking about getting laminate countertops, then this is an even greater benefit.

Laminate countertops tend to be rather easy to scratch and scuff so if you do end up damaging them somehow, getting rid of the marks will be a breeze with white countertops. 

This is just giving you another reason to love white in this situation.

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Should you have white kitchen cabinets?

White kitchen cabinets have their pros, but let's take a moment to look at some of the negatives behind having white kitchen cabinets.

First off, it is important to note that these are only opinions and there are certainly other reasons as well. Many people love having the presence of white when they are renovating their kitchen because they can brighten up a room, but others think that it doesn't give that same effect when compared to darker colors.

If you happen to like the contrast between black or dark wood tones in your living room then going with all white for your kitchen may not be an ideal choice since too much contrast throughout the home can seem overwhelming. Another reason why you may want to avoid this color scheme would be if you plan on renting out your home in the future since many renters would be deterred by having all-white kitchen cabinets – even though this is an opinion.

In comparison to other colors, white has a cleaner look and if you dust or clean too often it may start to show. If you plan on using white cabinets make sure that they are well maintained.

One more thing to keep in mind is the amount of light that comes into your home. If you have lots of overexposed windows then white will act as a giant reflector and might end up leaving your room feeling cold. This can ruin any feel-good vibe from having such a bright and spacious area. 

It's best to avoid these colors altogether if this is the case but if you want to go through with it, at least pick a brighter color for your walls to counteract this effect.

On the other hand, if you don't get enough natural light wherever you live then white cabinets will reflect more of whatever sunlight does enter in and can help make your kitchen feel warmer.

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Are white kitchen cabinets high maintenance?

Now that we've covered all of the pros and cons, it's important to note that white kitchen cabinets can be just as high maintenance as darker shades. They could show scratches and marks much easier depending on how well you take care of them.

The good thing is that if you do happen to damage your cabinets while cleaning or cooking, there are many ways to remove those marks without having to spend a lot of time scrubbing at them.

White kitchens may be bright but they're not always the easiest spaces to live in. Picking out this color for your cabinetry means that you truly want an open and airy feel throughout your home – but these two aspects don't necessarily go hand-in-hand.

If you opt for the all-white scheme then you'll also need to add in lots of light because even though they're white, cabinets tend to block a lot of sunlight. If this is the case and if your kitchen is on the smaller side, it would be wise to think about adding windows or another light source somewhere in there.


How dirty do white cabinets get?

The main downsides that some people might find with white kitchen cabinets is that they are harder to keep clean and looking new. However, this isn't much of a problem these days because cleaning products make it easy to remove stains left on your counters by food or drink without any scrubbing at all.

The only other negatives to having white kitchen cabinets is the extra care in keeping them spotless. However, many people don’t mind putting in a little effort if it's going to lead to a more stylish and functional space overall and trust us, you'll love how your house looks with white kitchen cabinets.

Final thoughts on pros and cons of white kitchen cabinets

If you're still having trouble deciding on what color to go with for your new kitchen cupboards, why not try going with something a little bolder than most people do by ditching all the trends. 

Lots of people settle with white because they are worried about taking too much of a leap into something completely different but that's precisely what makes it so great. 

It's high contrast and blends almost seamlessly into any room to create an elevated feeling. If you go with a classic home styling for your home, then installing white kitchen cabinets may be the perfect fit.

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Jim Spencer

Jim Spencer

Jim has been in the construction business for over 12 years with plenty of experience working on client projects, from start to finish. From kitchens to bathrooms and backyard spaces, he writes on a wide variety of topics surrounding home improvement.

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