Best Alternatives to White Cabinets

We love the timeless white kitchen, and we’re definitely not alone, because white cabinets have been the most popular choice for quite a while now. For the last couple years, design sources have been predicting its decline, but it keeps right on going with no signs of slowing down! So, if you love white kitchens, don’t let anyone dissuade you from this classic, beautiful look.  On the other hand, maybe you’re ready for something a little different, and looking for inspiration. Well, look no further! Here are some of our favorite alternatives to white cabinets! 

We all love a timeless white kitchen, but maybe you're ready for something a little different, and looking for inspiration.  Here are the best alternatives! Prodigy Homes, Inc. is a local home builder in the Tri-Cities, Washington.

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Stain the Perimeter 

Stained wood cabinets in Sunset Ridge neighborhood in West Richland, Washington. Prodigy Homes, Inc. is building new construction homes in the Tri-Cities, Washington.

Going with a dark stain on the perimeter cabinets and just painting the island white is an unexpected choice. You can have that beautiful, rich wood without the kitchen feeling too dark overall. Other awesome features of this kitchen are the rectangular tiles in a vertical staggered design that really gives an unexpected twist. The smoky look of the glass pendant lights is absolutely gorgeous. 

Stained perimeter cabinets and painted island cabinets. Kitchen in Sunset Ridge neighborhood in West Richland. Prodigy Homes, Inc. is building new construction homes in Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, and Pasco, Washington.

Infuse Elegance into Your Kitchen 

Black kitchen cabinets in Westcliffe neighborhood in Richland. Prodigy Homes, Inc. is building new construction homes in the Tri-Cities, Washington.

Black is another classic, and comes with a dramatic impact like no other. In this kitchen, the contrast between the “Vintage Black” cabinets and the white quartz floor is absolutely stunning. The white stacked-stone backsplash brings in contrast and texture. And nothing can make a bigger impact than a waterfall countertop in black river granite. 

Black cabinets with waterfall countertop in black river granite. New home in Westcliffe neighborhood in Richland. Prodigy Homes is building new construction homes in Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, and Pasco, Washington.

Warm it Up!

Creamy off-white kitchen cabinets in Westcliffe neighborhood in Richland. Prodigy Homes is building new construction homes in the Tri-Cities, Washington.

For a subtle warmth that permeates your kitchen, try a creamy off-white. The cabinets in this kitchen are Huntwood’s “Eggshell.” Platinum antiquing serves to really define the recessed panels on the doors. A wood-grain tile backsplash adds to the cozy feeling. Finally, rope molding tops the cabinetry for a beautiful finished look. 

Eggshell kitchen cabinets in Westcliffe neighborhood in Richland. Prodigy Homes, Inc. is building new construction homes in Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, and Pasco, Washington.

Bring in Some Modern Flair

Phantom grey kitchen cabinets in Westcliffe neighborhood in Richland, Washington. Prodigy Homes, Inc. is building new construction homes in the Tri-Cities, Washington.

Huntwood’s “Sterling” is a beautiful warm grey color that looks spectacular paired here with “Ridgestone” stain on the island. With a professional fridge/freezer, cool modern pendant lights, and an eye-catching backsplash, this kitchen definitely has it all. We also love that warm, almost rustic hardwood flooring. 

Painted perimeter cabinets with stained island in new home in Richland's Westcliffe neighborhood. Prodigy Homes, Inc. is building new construction homes in Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, and Pasco, Washington.

Keep it Natural 

Oasis stained cabinets in Inspiration Estates neighborhood in Kennewick. Prodigy Homes, Inc. is building new construction homes in the Tri-Cities, Washington.

You just can’t beat the natural beauty of wood. These cabinets are stained “Oasis,” a light stain that showcases the gorgeous hickory cabinets. The effect is so warm and inviting. Painting the vent hood breaks up the wood and helps it stand out as a focal point. The paint used is “Phantom,” a lovely warm grey. Astoria granite, a light-colored material with beautiful subtle movement to it, is a wonderful choice for the countertops. Perfectly complementing it all is the bronze hardware. 

Hickory kitchen cabinets with Astoria granite countertop. New home in Kennewick's Inspiration Estates neighborhood. Prodigy Homes, Inc. is building new construction homes in Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, and Pasco, Washington.

Sophisticated Earth Tones

Ridgestone perimeter kitchen cabinets and phantom grey island. New home in Summitview neighborhood in Kennewick. Prodigy Homes is building new construction homes in the Tri-Cities, Washington.

We’ve seen both of these colors (“Phantom” on the island, “Ridgestone” on the perimeter) already in this post, but they come together with great elegance and subtle contrast in this last example. The texture of the 3-D backsplash and the almost sculptural quality of the light fixtures adds a lot of interest, while the countertop brings in that climactic note that only black river granite can. 

Love this kitchen? We did a whole blog post on this home. Click here to get a tour of the rest of this elegant home (you won’t believe the powder room!)

Black river granite countertop with grey kitchen cabinets. New home in Kennewick's Summitview neighborhood. Prodigy Homes, Inc. is building new construction homes in Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, and Pasco, Washington.

For more kitchen inspiration, check out our kitchen gallery. You can also follow us on Pinterest, where we curate inspiring pictures of beautiful spaces in countless styles. On our Houzz account, not only will you find awesome pictures, but on some of our kitchens, you can see the materials we used to create them. 

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