Kitchen Cabinets: White or Greige?


I think you all know, I'm super eager to get our kitchen renovation started. I've only mentioned it a time or thirty. :) But we still need to save more, so in the meantime I'm just pinning and dreaming. Honestly, as agonizing as it is, it's probably good that we have this waiting period. It gives us time to really consider all the options we have, and feel confident in the choices we make. One thing I'm debating right now is cabinet color. I've always loved white kitchens and I don't think they'll ever go out of style. So part of me thinks, duh, we'll do white cabinets, of course. But another part of me wonders if we should bring in a little contrast, since all the walls are white. We could either do that with a contrasting kitchen island, or with cabinets that have a little color to them. I've been drawn lately to this light taupe shade of "greige" (examples below). What do you think? Are these muted neutral cabinets more interesting than white ones? Or am I just noticing them because they're kind of trendy right now?

Favorite White Kitchens:

White kitchen cabinets and herringbone backsplash

Heather Bullard kitchen

Emily Henderson kitchen

Gorgeous white kitchen with island

1. Studio McGee / 2. Heather Bullard / 3. Emily Henderson / 4. Studio McGee

Favorite Greige Kitchens:





1. Decor8 / 2. deVol Kitchens / 3. Studio McGee / 4. deVol Kitchens

And here's a kitchen from Amber Interiors that marries the two: white cabinets with a greige island. I think this might be the sweet spot for me! Just a tiny bit of contrast.

Greige island, white cabinets

What do you think: Is greige a trend, or a timeless neutral? Should I stick with crisp and classic white? Or should I do a mix?

P.S. Way more inspiration on my "Kitchens" Pinterest board, if you're interested. :)

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  1. Posted by Susan M. on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

    I vote for mix! I also love white kitchens, but painting the island in greige is a nice pop of color against all the white (plus, it will probably make any scuff marks/toddler stains less noticeable!) Guess it might depend on your counter top color, too. If you change your mind, at least you'd only have to repaint one thing ;)
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, October 26th, 2017

      This is why I love getting other people's perspectives! Such good points about considering the countertops and about a darker color hiding scuff marks and stains. I do like the look of marble-y quartz for counters, which usually has cooler grey undertones that might clash with the warmer greige color. And I feel like greige looks best with brass hardware, which I'm not totally sold on. BUT I definitely think that white cabinets with a neutral island is my sweet spot. Just gotta figure out the perfect color for the island, whether it's this mushroom-y greige shade or something else. :)
  2. Posted by Corlana on Saturday, October 28th, 2017

    white is a no brainer for me! Then you could do something bold or colorful with the island, curtains, applicants, decor, back splash!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

      It's my first thought too...maybe I should stick with my instincts and not over-think it!
  3. Posted by Stephanie N. on Monday, November 27th, 2017

    I landed on your blog from googling white or greige kitchen cabinets....love the example pics you've posted. I just chose greige cabinets (and white quartz countertops) in a new construction build but the more I look around on Pinterest, the more I think maybe I should have chosen white (plus a greige or gray island). Such a hard choice considering maybe white is more versatile to decorate around if you want to change looks with paint, pendant lighting, furniture...but greige seems more interesting? I'm torturing myself going back and forth on this =p
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

      It's such a hard choice, I totally agree!!! I think white quartz countertops with greige cabinets sounds lovely though...for what it's worth. :) Glad you found me!
  4. Posted by Pedro Raul on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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