White woodwork and off-white kitchen cabinets?

by Donna
If I have bright-white trim in my kitchen/dining room (1 window, sliding door frame, and baseboard), and I am wondering if it would look weird to have my cabinets painted off white without also painting the trim?
  12 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 09, 2015
    To be honest painting your cabinets off white will make the molding stand put to much.h. What color is the floor that would make a great deal of difference on deciding the cabinet color.
  • Shari Shari on Sep 09, 2015
    Personally, I think the contrast will be fine...and actually more visually interesting than everything the same shade of white or off-white. It is very common to paint walls off-white and have bright white trim moldings (I actually have a small bedroom painted like that and LOVE the subtle contrast) so why not off-white cabinets with bright white trim moldings? Go for it!
  • Shari Shari on Sep 09, 2015
    P.S. There is no *rule* that says cabinets and trim moldings need to match. Wood tone cabinets are used with white trim moldings, the new trend of cabinets painted a color other than white are used with white trim moldings. White cabinets are used with wood trim moldings. Etc., etc., etc. Well, I think you get my drift!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 09, 2015
    Everybodys taste is different but I do not agree with you.You live in florida where decor is done differently.
  • A.k. Sullivan A.k. Sullivan on Sep 09, 2015
    Look at pics of other kitchens and see if any have what you are talking about. If others are done that way and you like it then go for it.
  • Peggy Henderson Peggy Henderson on Sep 10, 2015
    I recently painted my cabinets off white with a tiny bit of glaze accent. I have a double window in my kitchen that has white trim, as well as the molding. You don't even notice the difference...and I'm an OCD person too!
  • Sharyn Diaz Sharyn Diaz on Sep 10, 2015
    White, cream, linen...all go together beautifully as long as you have a bit of contrast rather than trying to match.
  • Lyn Peterson Marshall Lyn Peterson Marshall on Sep 10, 2015
    I think it depends on what you yourself want. I have white trim due to my windows and floor, yet my nasty fake wood cabinets I painted a nice soft cream I picked it to compliment my granite counters and I LOVE IT, and I am not from Florida
  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Sep 10, 2015
    I think it will look great together!
  • LD LD on Sep 10, 2015
    Not knowing what color the floor and countertops are, makes it hard to give you a cohesive look for the room. I don't personally feel that painting your cabinets an off white is going to give much of design punch to the room. One you should paint the ceiling white as well for this will give height to the room and give you better lighting as well, and second, if you want to keep the cabinets light, but give them some warmth, I would recommend a vanilla creme with a glaze, if your cabinet doors have crevices in them. This then gives your kitchen a neutral palette, upon which you can bring in color with your decorative accessories. When using a neutral palette you can always change color without having to repaint everything and when you ever you go to sell your home the perspective buyer isn't having to worry about having to redo everything for it is move in ready then.
  • Becky Greenwald Becky Greenwald on Sep 11, 2015
    I've seen pictures of white trim and off white or cream cabinets and the cabinets just look dirty. Personally I'd go with a grey wash/glaze or an antique wash/glaze so it looks intentional and not a mistake.
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Sep 13, 2015
    I am not a huge fan of this combo, but it does work as I have a white ceiling & countertop with an not-white family heirloom that I cannot paint as long as the in laws are alive. The secret - as previously mentioned - is to have enough separation between the two. Think "white and antique bone", not "white and off-white".