4 Ways to Make White Kitchen Cabinets Work


Your cabinets can make or break the overall impression of your kitchen. They are the first thing a guest notices upon entering the room. As well as being functional and space-efficient, you need them to be visually appealing.

White cabinet doors are an excellent way to make your kitchen feel bigger and lighter, but it can be challenging to use such an intense, bright color for the majority of your decor. Discover these four simple ways to make white kitchen cabinets work for your space

Create Traditional, Rustic Aesthetic

White may seem like an exclusively sleek, modern shade for interior design, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you prefer a turn-of-the-century farm kitchen, you can still create this more traditional aesthetic by pairing your white cabinetry with more grounded natural elements.

Try combining white paint with warm gold or bronze handles from Motor City Granite’s range of hardware to set off any cool tones.

Wood flooring also adds warmth to your kitchen. So, why not coordinate the floorboards to match the high-quality hickory, oak alder, or maple timber cabinets? Try distressing the cabinet and floor’s white paint to give the space rustic appeal.

Opt for a gorgeous ceramic farmhouse sink, such as this Cerana model from the Blanco range, and an old-fashioned range to complete the look. Undermount sinks create a rustic aesthetic, and they are also easier to clean because there are no gaps for crumbs and grime to build up.

Decorate your new kitchen in an earthy color palette with hues such as olive-green, creamy yellow, burnt orange, or Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year: October Mist, which evokes the silver-green stem of a flower. Scatter plenty of soft throw pillows, choose fabric blinds or curtains, and add a floral arrangement to perfect the cozy, rustic feel.

Brighten Small Spaces

White is a perfect color if you’re renovating a small or dark room. White cabinets can help your space feel larger if your kitchen is tight or doesn’t receive much natural light. This is because white bounces back light, mimicking a mirror. Your small kitchen can benefit from using this interior design hack as much as possible.

Choose white base cabinets with glass doors to optimize light reflection. Match them with one of our engineered quartz countertops, which come in various light shades and make for durable and acid-resistant work surfaces. Round off your kitchen with a shiny tiled floor to ensure that every surface catches the sunshine.

When decorating a more modest-sized kitchen, try not to clutter your countertops with bowels or oversized appliances. Instead, prioritize sleek lines and clever storage solutions to leave your space feeling bigger. Your crockery will help you add detail and design interest to the room, so pick a set with a bold and unique pattern to display in your glass-paneled cabinets.

Add a Splash of Color

One of the great things about making white a focal point in your kitchen design is that it essentially gives you a blank canvas to work with it. No matter your favorite color, white is a neutral color that won’t clash and provides a visual counterpoint to prevent the room from looking too busy.

Get creative with your kitchen ideas and color scheme. If you love switching up your home’s style every couple of years, a set of durable white cabinets is the perfect choice because they coordinate effortlessly through multiple style transitions. Another excellent and versatile addition is a stainless steel sink to add a modern element.

Try combining your kitchen cabinets with bright, patterned wallpaper or backsplash tiles. Mosaic tile backsplashes are a highly decorative alternative to classic white subway tiles to elevate the style of your kitchen.

You could also try painting kitchen walls a bold color, such as lemon yellow, navy blue, or Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year, Veri Peri, a stunning periwinkle blue shade.

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Curate a Dynamic High-Contrast Space

White kitchen cabinets combined with high-contrast counters and appliances create a vibrant look that transforms your kitchen into the focal point of your home.

Opt for black engineered quartz or granite counters for kitchen islands and other surfaces. Install under-cabinet lighting such as LED strips or spotlights to highlight delicate veining in natural or engineered stone.

If you are remodeling your kitchen and installing new appliances, consider matte black or matte white finishes. Matte finishes are on trend for a modern kitchen and don’t show fingerprints and smudges as easily as stainless steel models, keeping your kitchen pristine. The matte finish also complements the high sheen of the black granite counters.

Transform Your Kitchen From Bland to Beautiful With Motor City Granite

White kitchen cabinets can make your space appear uninviting and sterile without the proper styling. Think of your white cabinets as a blank canvas and an opportunity to create a space that stimulates your senses and boosts the ambiance in the space.

Motor City Granite can help you plan, design, and install kitchen cabinets and counters to make your dream kitchen a reality. Our selection of granite, quartzite, and engineered quartz is the perfect way to add a touch of luxury to your kitchen.

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