How to Decorate White Kitchen Cabinets


Plain white kitchen cabinets do not have to be a design disaster. Instead, think of your white kitchen cabinets as a blank canvas, or the anchor that holds your room together. In fact, white kitchen cabinets can still be a charming focal point in any kitchen with a few decorative touches. Whether your kitchen’s design is contemporary, traditional or eclectic, white cabinets can function well in any space.

Things You'll Need

  • Hardware and cabinet pulls
  • Wood trim
  • Miter box
  • Circular saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Add interest to your white cabinets with distinctive hardware and pulls. Depending on the style of your kitchen, new hardware can tie the look together. For example, if your kitchen features a contemporary motif, your hardware could be sleek stainless steel or a dark stained wood. If your kitchen design scheme is vintage or cottage, crystal pulls are an appropriate touch. There are pulls in every color, shape, finish and size. Kitchen hardware can be found in all price ranges and styles both in home decor stores and online.

  • Create depth to your cabinets by adding trim pieces. If your cabinets have a flat front, give them a craftsmen look by using a miter box and a circular saw to cut trim pieces at a 45-degree angle as you would a picture frame. Use strong wood glue or nails to hold your trim pieces in place on your cabinets. Paint to match the cabinets.

  • Accent the white of your kitchen cabinets by adding decorative touches throughout your kitchen. For example, use a contrasting shade for your countertops, wall paint or kitchen backsplashes. This will take your kitchen from looking flat and white to bold and interesting. The right accessories will also work well against white kitchen cabinets.

  • Consider removing the doors from your kitchen cabinets altogether. If the plain white front is not really your style, remove the cabinet doors by unscrewing the hardware from the frame and leave the cupboards open. Putty and paint over the screw holes for a finished look. This is an inspired way to showcase your favorite glassware, dishes and cooking supplies. It will also give your kitchen a lighter, more open feel.

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