NKBA Kitchen Trend: Gray or White Cabinetry

A go-to choice for designers, white or gray cabinets can instantly revive a dull or outdated kitchen.

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Photo By: Craig Thompson

Photo By: Craig Thompson

Photo By: Craig Thompson

Bright and Airy

Crisp white cabinets and crown molding worked wonders to brighten up this kitchen, which was previously dark and dated with glazed moldings and an Old World tile floor. Wood-grain tile floors add warmth to the space, while two oversized chandeliers provide drama and illumination.

Elegant Details

A subtle glazing enhances the visual appeal of the creamy white, beaded cabinet doors in this elegant kitchen. White ice granite slab backsplashes and countertops add drama and textural interest.

Bungalow Charm

White cabinets and a subway tile backsplash revive the kitchen of this bungalow-style home. Cutouts in the doors and toe-kick celebrate period detail, while historic millwork profiles selected from the front of the house maintain the home’s Arts & Crafts heritage. Stainless steel appliances add a present-day sensibility.

Neutral Backdrop, Bright Accents

Gray and white cabinets offset a vibrant blue island and intricate tile backsplash in this coastal kitchen. A neutral backdrop keeps the bright accents from feeling overwhelming.

Prep Area That Pops

Crisp, white cabinetry surrounded by a navy blue drywall structure creates dramatic contrast in this kitchen prep area. Three recessed light fixtures provide task lighting for the space, designed so guests can mix a drink without entering the cooking zone.

From: Cassandra Nordell-MacLean

Lightened Up Traditional

In a warm, traditional kitchen with beamed ceilings, iron wall racks and a dark wood island, white cabinetry offers bright contrast. The island provides customized storage on the working side as well as seating on the backside for entertaining.

Cabinet Contrast

Dark cabinet pulls add contrast against the crisp, white cabinets in this traditional kitchen. A large, arched window sheds light on the elegant stone countertops.

White and Cream

A dramatic range hood serves as the focal point of this kitchen, contrasted by white cabinets and a creamy tile backsplash.