Before You Pick Up That White Paint… Consider These Images.

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You might regret painting those wood cabinets white after take a look at these beautiful kitchens. There’s something special about letting natural beauty shine and the same goes for kitchens showcasing beautiful wood cabinetry. When in doubt, hold the white paint. You might have a hidden gem on your hands.


Modern cabinets make a warmer statement in wood. Image via Decor Dots.


Even the brightest kitchens need some added warmth. White spaces make warm wood shine even brighter. Image via Style at Home.


Only wood could turn a kitchen island in an heirloom piece. Image via Style at Home.

Inherited some ornate cabinetry? Consider updating adding some industrial pendants or sleek, modern appliances to achieve a more eclectic look. Image via Interior God.


This farm kitchen makes me want to redo my own. Already. Image via Houzz.


Mid Century home requires walnut. Image via Postcards From The Ridge.

Incredible, no??

BY Kate Arends - October 4, 2016

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October 4, 2016 10:29 am

We recently found a stone tudor style house that I’ve fallen in love with. I usually lean towards minimal, modern decor but the warmth and charm this house has is making me rethink my position. When trying to think what I’d do with the kitchen I’ve got to admit I was at a loss. I’ve always imagined painted cabinets but after seeing these beauties I’m starting to think natural wood with modern touches might be the perfect balance to blend the homes natural design elements with my aesthetics. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration as always, Kate.

October 4, 2016 1:40 pm

I wish my kitchen cabinets looked like these. Mine are an ugly shade of cream/yellow. I do want to paint them but I can´t do white because I wouldnt be able to match it to other white parts. Also I feel unmotivated to do anything to them because I don´t know how long I´ll be living here.

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October 4, 2016 4:55 pm

These are all so stunning. I cannot wait until I own a home as opposed to renting, so I can decorate!

October 5, 2016 3:31 pm

Great advice. The world seems to be suggesting that white is the way to go so this is pretty refreshing.

October 7, 2016 6:29 am

Great advice Kate and absolutely exquisite kitchens!

x Germarie

October 8, 2016 5:49 pm

If it’s good quality wood I have a firm anti-paint stand. I really love natural wood, but I do love white kitchens because how bright they are. One thing I really like is the reverse of this, white cabinets and butcher block counter tops!

October 17, 2016 1:29 pm

It’s really about the wood grain and craftsmanship. If those elements are both there, then a beautiful oiled finish is all that’s needed. If not, or if the wood’s dull and the style’s dated, a crisp, white paint job really can do wonders to brightening up a dreary kitchen with a sleek quartz countertop and colorful tile or natural stone slab backsplash.

October 17, 2016 1:30 pm

See our Morroccan-tiled white kitchen design with natural wood topped island at!

January 9, 2018 9:39 pm

The wood really shines. You really did a great job on the colors and wood finish. I have been using hardwoods from and they always gives me good quality hardwoods and Plywoods.

Anne Lundt
August 30, 2018 8:15 am

We’re building a new craft style home with beautiful mountain and pond views . We’ve decided on natural cherry perimeter cabinets and gray green painted island cabinet..Benjamin Moore mountain sage. I’m at a loss as to what color wood flooring to choose . The kitchen is open to the great room, and eating area with a lot of windows . I need to choose soon but can’t seem to decide which way to go. Any and all help is appreciated !

January 14, 2019 11:39 am
Reply to  Anne Lundt

What about a light brownish gray driftwood color? This way it contrasts without being rediculous. Just did my whole house like this. Upstairs (main living area) from Hull Forestry, custom pre-finished, and the downstairs a cheaper prefinished product, which although the boards aren’t as long, I might like more!

Deb Stehle
September 8, 2021 5:18 pm
Reply to  Anne Lundt

Years ago we redid our kitchen with natural cherry cabinets and we love them. Unfortunately, we used wide plank Brazilian cherry for the floors. Too much wood! I do love the wide plank floor, and think an engineered floor or high quality laminate in a lighter wood tone would look good.
On another note, I am repainting our kitchen/ great room area and am struggling with choosing a paint color to compliment the natural cherry cabinetry. What color did you choose? Thanks for your help!

Elizabeth Hawkins
September 5, 2020 1:22 pm

I love the farm kitchen! What kind of wood are the cabinets made from and what is the finish on the pulls?

February 2, 2022 11:37 am

I have cherry cabinets that need to be updated but don’t want white. What can I do to the wood to change it’s looks? Thank you!

Becky McDonald
February 27, 2022 8:14 am

I love the stained wood. I, unfortunately, have the light orangey oak from 2000. It’s our trim all thru the house. I would like it if it was stained another color. I just don’t know what to do and I cannot change out the trim in the whole house. 😕

October 20, 2022 2:39 pm
Reply to  Becky McDonald

I have the sam problem. Any suggestions would help.

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