Cabinets painted in exuberant hues may be trending at the moment, but the popularity of white kitchen cabinetry still persists. Whether it’s white Shaker-style cabinets paired with classic white subway tiles, or white lacquered, handleless cabinets partnered with sleek, white quartz countertops, white cabinets have won over legions of homeowners and designers alike.
White cabinets have played a particularly prominent role in the signature “palette-cleanser” kitchen of the past decade. Defined by pigment-less countertops, backsplashes, and cabinets, white-on-white kitchens are beloved by homeowners who harbor pipe dreams of white sofas and white rugs, but not necessarily the spotless families needed to render them practical. They’re also heralded by designers looking to create tranquil kitchens that counteract their clients’ hectic, stimuli-heavy lifestyles. Regardless of your personal style inclinations, white-on-white kitchens—and by association, white cabinets—are a foolproof way to achieve sophistication in a space.
Increasingly, however, designers and DIYers are