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Are White Kitchen Cabinets Going out of Style?

White kitchen cabinets are beautiful, versatile, and highly sought after. Or at least, that was the case five years ago. Some recent design trends are steering away from white cabinets, and you need to be aware of them while planning your kitchen renovation. Are white kitchen cabinets going out of style, or are they still as classy as ever?

Benefits of White Kitchen Cabinets

White kitchen cabinets have stayed on trend because they help brighten small, dim cabinets. If you have limited natural lighting in the kitchen or you’re working with a small footprint, white cabinets can make the space feel bigger and more inviting.

White is a neutral color, which keeps white cabinets relevant throughout trend changes. Wood stains tend to date a home as trends shift to different tones. White remains the same no matter what.

Because of the neutrality of white, it can be used in many design styles. Whether you have a rustic country kitchen or a sleek modern design, white cabinets will fit in wonderfully.

The Downside to White Kitchen Cabinets

The biggest complaint homeowners have about white kitchen cabinets is that they are difficult to keep clean. The white shows fingerprints easily, just like it does on white doorways and light switches. The bottom cabinets tend to collect the most grime, which is why two-tone cabinets have become popular. Homeowners are using a darker color for the bottom cabinets to help hide the grime.

Another issue with white cabinets is that they can looked washed out, depending on what they are paired with. An “all white kitchen” sounds great at first, but it can look bland without contrast or accent colors. You can fix this by choosing countertops and backsplash materials that stand out against the stark white cabinets. You can even bring in warm wood tones with open shelving or furniture to add visual interest.

Why White Cabinets Will Always Be in Style

Even though there are some drawbacks to white kitchen cabinets, they will never “go out of style.” The shapes of the doors or the layout of the kitchen may go out of style, but white in a kitchen will always look good. White has remained in every design style throughout history, even when other neutrals have lost their appeal. If you’re looking at this purely from an investment perspective, you cannot go wrong with white kitchen cabinets.

The Real Question Is…Are White Kitchen Cabinets Right for You?

As with any kitchen design, it’s less about what looks good and what works well for you. Are you looking for a low maintenance cabinet color? If so, white probably isn’t a good choice for you. Are you wanting to add as much brightness to your kitchen as you can? White is the ideal option in that case.

The design experts at O’Hanlon Kitchens can help you choose the right cabinet color and style for your needs. We’ll evaluate your personal design style, along with existing features in your home. Whether you want a direct cabinet replacement or a complete kitchen remodel, our team is here to guide you through the process. Contact O’Hanlon Kitchens at 443-285-0558 to learn more about kitchen designs in Maryland and Pennsylvania.  


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