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Why Are White Cabinets So Popular?

Why Are White Cabinets So Popular?

Posted by CabinetNow on 2021-01-04

Everywhere you turn, you see white kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, and living room cabinets dressed to the tone of white. While white cabinets are not the only hot trend today, they are certainly one of the most popular. So why are white cabinets so common? Here’s some insight into the reasoning behind it.

White Cabinets Brighten the Room

White is one of the brightest colors you can use on cabinets, as it reflects light very well. Therefore, a room will look brighter at night and feel brighter during the day. What that means is that the ceiling lights will reflect and bounce the light around on surfaces. Tt night, this will provide better coverage in certain areas so they are more visible.

White Cabinets Add Brightness

During the day, the white color will blend with sunshine to create a brighter atmosphere compared to brown or black colors. If you were to walk into a room during the day that was all white and then do it again when it is all brown or black, you’d see the difference. 

To put it another way, people feel a sense of lightness from white paint. Of course, that is not saying that it will cure the blues or make everyone nice. It just means that a positive atmosphere is created from the color white and added light.

White Adds a Sense of More Energy

Similar yet not the same as sunshine, white brings out more energy vibes. In a brighter room, you’ll feel the difference. Take a walk in the old basement where the colors are darker and imagine spending a lot of time there during the day.

White Colors Show Dirty Spots Better

It may sound like a bad thing to be able to see dirt, grease, and other markings on white cabinets, but this helps to keep them clean. Darker cabinet colors tend to hide dirt more. It gives people a sense of cleanliness when they visibly know that their cabinets are clean. No eye-straining required.

Also, if a cleaner or cleaning tool ruins the surface is not a major catastrophe, because the surface can easily be patched without a lot of effort to find the right color match.

White is Easier to Paint On

Whether you are painting cabinet doors, boxes, and drawers or repainting existing ones, white can be a more forgiving color. Other colors tend to show imperfections more, especially on cabinet doors that have more of a flat surface. When people look at white cabinets, they usually won’t notice any areas with imperfections unless they are really looking. This makes it easier for property management companies and rental owners as well.

Rental owners and property management companies commonly use white paint for cabinets and other items, but the benefits apply to property owners as well.

White Blends with Almost Any Color Themes

When getting dressed in the morning, a white shirt pretty much goes with any pants or shorts in any color of choice. It is more of a universal color. The same applies to cabinets in any room. Of course, you may want some other items in a white tone to help it out a little, but it still mixes well with blues, browns, blacks, pinks, and other colors in a room.

White Paint is Usually More Affordable

Any store that sells paint will ALWAYS have white options. White is a very common color. Therefore, it is often cheaper to get. For consumer products in general, items that sell like crazy can usually have a lower retail price because the stores and manufacturers sell a ton of them. However, some brands of paint will have the same pricing, whether you get a tint base and mix colorant into it or not. But a lot of white paints are premixed and ready to go so they have a cheaper price tag.

Cabinet Touch-Up Tasks are Easier

If your cabinets were painted with the standard white color, it can be easier to match up the paint when you need more to touch up areas with scrapes, dents, or other markings. Since most paint colors are mixed by a machine, it can be difficult to find an exact match to what is already on your cabinets. That is perhaps also why property management companies and rental owners choose white. It’s simply easier to match up and repair areas in need.

Final Thoughts on White Cabinets

Whether you are repainting or painting something new, white can be one of the most versatile color choices. It is also the perfect color choice for renters and property owners because it is both easy to clean and to touch up. White is also a very easy color to paint over, so if you want to go in a different direction later it is easy to cover. White paint can be a great way to give your kitchen a brighter and happier feel, without the price tag of a major remodel.