Even though wood cabinetry are slowly coming back into style, the white painted cabinet trend still remains really popular. They big question is, since all white paint colors are not the same, which paint color to use? There are warm whites, cool whites and some that look different in natural light vs. electric light. I’ve rounded up a few different shades of the best antique white paint for kitchen cabinets (and other white paint colors too) so you can see the differences when you are trying to make your cabinet color decision whether you are creating a new kitchen from scratch or painting kitchen cabinets you already have.
Before painting any paint on any surface especially kitchen cabinetry, I always recommend getting paint swatches and live with them a few days. It’s important to see how they look in all kinds of lighting and match with your kitchen design. Paint color can change your entire kitchen’s look in an afternoon.
The best white paint for a true antique white kitchen cabinets is Benjamin Moore White Dove. It has a warm and creamy undertone, yet still stays bright enough to not be yellow. If you are picking white subway tile (see the differences in white subway tiles here.), you will notice not all subway tiles are the same, and unless you want a super white contrast, you may want to pick a subway tile that leans a little bit more creamy in color so it’s not so stark against your white cabinetry. White Dove goes really well with wood or granite countertops. To really see the warm tones of this kitchen cabinet paint color, see this post with a comparison on actual cabinet doors.
Another warm white that also pairs well with warmer countertops is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. This popular color will have a very warm cream tone under artificial lighting. With it’s warmth it is also a great neutral wall color with yellow undertones that fits well with farmhouse decor or a cottage feel. Similar colors are Benjamin Moore Timid White, Floral White and Cloud White.
For a shade of white with greenish warm undertones that fells calming, Benjamin Moore Old Prairie checks all of those boxes. It almost leans a little on the greige side, but certainly fits in the antique white cabinets category. Similar colors are Benjamin Moore Moonlight White and Sherwin Williams Natural Choice and Marshmallow.
To head in a different direction. This kitchen went from dark cherry cabinets to bright and white with Benjamin Moore’s Super White. It not only made the homeowners thrilled, but gave the kitchen’s look and instant update. Super White is more of a pure white with cooler understones. They picked a cooler tone of champagne brass hardware to warm up the stark white feel and wrought iron lighting fixtures with new marble colored and wood countertops. Sherwin Williams High Reflective White is similar.
For a more modern look with a softer feel, Benjamin Moore Simply White is a good compromise. To me, it’s one of the easiest white colors to use, with slightly coolish understones. It still has a warmth to it and adds some elegance instead of feeling like a harsh white and goes well with stainless-steel appliances. Similar paint is Sherwin Williams Extra White or Pure White . In my own kitchen the walls and trim are painted the same color to make the kitchen look larger and not cut off at the cabinets, and contrasts nicely with the natural wood kitchen island for some natural, boho vibes.
I hope this post The Best Antique White Paint for Kitchen Cabinets (and other white paint colors too) has helped guide you in your best paint color choice, and what white hue to pick in your own home. For more kitchen cabinet how to, find out more about the tips and tricks with painting kitchen cabinets here.