Cabinet Color Woes

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My family is about to embark on a major ‘refresh'(aka renovation) in our home.  Part of this involves tearing out our current kitchen and totally redoing the main floor including changing the foundation palette of our home.

Currently, we have maple trim, maple woodwork everywhere.  When we built our home 12 years ago I actually wanted white trim however our home builder made a major mistake so instead of starting the build all over again, we opted for some upgrades.  One of the upgrades we got was to have maple stain trim throughout our home.  All I will say is, bye-bye maple!

As I plan out our renovation and work with a budget, I have gone back and forth with the color of our kitchen cabinets.  I know white is timeless and I want our kitchen to be just that however, I’m going back and forth between an off-white cabinet colour and a cream/ivory colour.

My favorite color is yellow and I am drawn to the warmth that it brings.  I am also thinking ahead to the rest of our home and the look and feel that I am moving our family towards (I guess that’s a nice way of saying we’re all grown up now)!


I (oops – I mean ‘we’) have already made the decision on our flooring.  We are going with hand scraped engineered hardwood for the entire main floor.  The color we are going with is a medium brown color.  By choosing this color our floor will be like a pair of jeans meaning it will go with either cabinet colour that I like.

Hand scraped hardwood


One of the colors I am looking at for our kitchen cabinets is a match to Sherwin Williams Pure White.

Sherwin Williams Pure White


The other kitchen cabinets I am looking at is a match with  Benjamin Moore Seashell.

Benjamin Moore Seashell

When I showed the cabinet color to my hubby he quickly said, “Oh, that’s yellow.”  I quickly showed him Benjamin Moore Mascarpone which is way more yellow than BM Seashell. *Please note the colour on your computer screen may not reflect the true colour of the paint*

Benjamin Moore Mascarpone


Compare, compare, compare!  Here are the three whites that I’ve already talked about (including SW Pure White as this is a basic white to compare all other whites to).

comparing whitesAlthough this isn’t the best picture, I managed to take this shot of the Seashell cabinet color beside Pure White cabinets.

whites and cream kitchen cabinets


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So as you may be able to see, there is a big difference between SW Pure White and BM Seashell.  Being drawn to a more ‘warmer’ colour, I gravitate towards  Seashell (which is the creamier cabinet).

Why Does This Matter?

This entire cabinet choice is a HUGE deal as whatever color the cabinets end up being, that will be my foundation palette for my entire home (cabinets and trim should be the same color if you are having white cabinets in your home).  Knowing this, I want to ensure that our home gets a fresh makeover as well as being able to move forward with the trends down the road.  It’s just not a matter of picking a color willy-nilly.  Oh no, no, no. There are many things to consider!

I know my home will either be an off-white or cream foundation palette…I just don’t know which one we’ll end up going with yet.

I’ll be putting together a mood board with both color choices that will include counters, backsplash, sink, faucet, etc.  When I’m done those I’ll post them and you can have your vote which one you like better!  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. on 24.03.2015
    at 6:44 AM

    I like the Seashell colour as well, it blends nicely with the floor colour you have chosen and it is warmer than the white. I do believe that colour should “blend” in a room as opposed to standing out which is usually the case with white. If I may add here – being in the kitchen cupboard business myself, I find that people choose pure white most of the times when they settle on a classic or modern kitchen cupboard style. Of course you can combine any style with whatever colour you like. Please keep us posted on your exciting new project!

    • on 26.03.2015
      at 12:02 PM

      Thanks for your thoughts! I tend to lean towards warm colors. I will definitely keep everyone posted! ~Sheri

  2. on 19.04.2015
    at 9:53 AM


    Have you considered buying cupboards at your local Ikea store in Canada?

    Let us know which ones you chose to go with in the end.

    • on 19.04.2015
      at 11:41 AM

      Hi Property Saviour,
      Yes – I have a quote from IKEA already and am waiting for a couple more quotes to come in. I’ve installed a number of IKEA cabinets for clients and personally, I LOVE their storage systems. As I do with every client I work with, I want to get a couple of quotes and make the most informed decision. I certainly will let you know. We’re about 3 weeks away from starting!

  3. on 29.05.2015
    at 7:23 AM

    Hi, Shery. I sincerely hated our kitchen cabinets and I kept telling my husband we should renovate them, and I’m happy to say that he finally agreed. Like you, I like worm colors and I’m thinking about cream cabinets, but I also like all colors you’ve chosen for your project. I can’t wait to see the results. And, one more thing – I think that whatever color of the suggested you choose, they will be all the right choice to make 😉

    • on 29.05.2015
      at 8:10 AM

      Hi Amber,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your very nice comments! Although I went with an ‘off-white’ colour for our cabinets, I’ve also gone with warm wall colours (green gray undertone) and then using colour to brighten things up! We are almost done our home reno and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

      I hope you have a super day today! ~Sheri

  4. on 23.09.2015
    at 9:03 PM

    The main problem with a white color cabinet: the color change over time, become more creamy or yellowish. Any idea how to prevent this?

    • on 25.09.2015
      at 2:52 PM

      My best advice, if you are painting, is to use quality paint.

  5. on 31.05.2016
    at 10:02 AM

    you can always learn something new

  6. Lisa B
    on 02.05.2017
    at 9:23 PM

    Hi Sheri,
    I really enjoyed this post but I can’t find the follow up to what you actually went with in the end! I’m pretty sure you were able to do the Caesarstone nougat, but did you use BM pure white or sea shell on the cabinets or a different white altogether? I saw the final picture post but you don’t say what you used. What color did you use and if it wasn’t sea shell to which it seemed you were strongly leaning, are you happy with it??

    Also, did you use the same color on your trim?

    I know this is 2 years old but I hope you can answer!!

    Thank you!

    • on 06.05.2017
      at 7:59 AM

      Hi Lisa,
      We went with off-white cabinets with Nougat quartz counters. The cabinets we went with were IKEA cabinets which are an off-white. All of our interior trim (baseboards, casings, interior doors) are also off-white. The off-white that is a match to IKEA is a custom colour. Although there are a few close colour matches, I took a cabinet front to my Benjamin Moore store and had them colour match it (which means it’s a custom formula they used). I am so happy with everything 2 years later! Because I chose an off-white, I also chose chrome for all of our fixtures and I find that I can decorate around the seasons very easily. I hope that helps you!

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