White vs. White: Choosing the Right Shade for Your Bathroom or Kitchen Cabinets

One of the most important steps in planning either a kitchen redesign or bathroom redesign is choosing the color schemes, and choosing the right shade is just as important. While white may be a classic choice, and many may think all “whites” are the same, the reality is there are many shades of white and off-white, with one major paint manufacturer listing over 150 shades of white paint.

When selecting a white color scheme for your new bath or kitchen there are several factors you will need to consider. In a room that has a lot of natural light, white paint will need to have a slightly grey undertone, or it may seem flat in any spaces that have shadows. Whites with a grey undertone will also make the room friendlier to furnishings, including cabinets and countertops, which have darker colors. Bear in mind, when selecting whites for a kitchen that kitchen lights are usually much brighter than bath lights, and therefore the whites in a kitchen can be softer.

A good rule of thumb is to pick a shade that is 3 or 4 shades darker than the wall color, to provide a contrast between the wall and woodwork. Conversely, going a few shades of a lighter white on the woodwork can often result in “dirty” looking trim.

Or, if your room is painted white already, you can select a much darker and altogether different color for your cabinets, to provide a stark contrast.

Take the time to select the right color white for your kitchen redesign or bathroom redesign and you will be pleased with the results for years to come. We always remind folks it’s a nice investment for selling the home later, but it’s also yours to live with before you sell, so choose wisely!

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