White has been a kitchen design staple for many decades and continues to draw people in with its crisp, clean look. If you’re one of the many people who’ve fallen head over heels with white kitchens, you’re probably asking one of the most popular questions that are asked when it comes to this kitchen color: Can you style white cabinets with white appliances?
The answer is, as with many things, it depends. There are pros and cons to designing a kitchen with white cabinets and white appliances, so we’ll take a look at both sides. Once you’re equipped with knowledge about the potential benefits and downfalls of this look, you’ll be able to make the decision that best meets your personal style preferences and that’s most suitable for your home.
Pros and Cons to Combining White Cabinets with White Appliances
White cabinets create a unified, clean look, whether styled with white countertops and appliances or with other colors incorporated into the overall design.
When white cabinets are paired with white appliances, there are many positive results, including creating:
- A Timeless, Classic Look – With the right styling, white cabinets and white appliances create a timeless look in a variety of homes, from modern and country style homes to cottage and vintage ones.
- A Brighter, More Spacious Looking Kitchen – White naturally makes a space feel lighter, brighter and more spacious and, when you use white cabinets with white appliances, they will appear to blend or flow into one another with no distinct lines. This is an especially fantastic styling choice for small kitchens or kitchens that don’t get a lot of natural light.
- Versatility – White goes with anything, which gives you a lot more options with tiles and décor choices than most other colors offer. It’s also an ideal backdrop for other light neutrals, as well as splashes of bolder colors.
Some negative aspects of an all-white look in the kitchen include:
- Shows Aging More Quickly – No matter what type of material, white tends to show its age more quickly, with signs of wear and tear being more visible on white than it is on other colors.
- Needs Regular Maintenance – A white kitchen needs regular maintenance since white shows dirt easily and, as mentioned above, shows signs of aging more than other colors. White cabinets also quickly reveal smudges, scratches and splashes from cooking.
- Can Be Plain and Cold – Too much white can appear plain, unexciting and even a bit cold. While plenty of people absolutely love this look, it may not work for you if you’re set on creating a warm, welcoming and cozy kitchen. If you love an all-white look but want to add some warmth, consider adding timber flooring or furniture—incorporating plants and flowers in your décor can also help.
Other Appliance Colors to Consider with White Cabinets
If you have white cabinets or are planning to get white cabinets but aren’t sold on white appliances, there are plenty of other appliance color options that will look beautiful. Subtle colors such as off white, taupe, gray and black all work well against white cabinets, as do bolder, fun colors like turquoise, sage, yellow and red.