When you want your kitchen to look bright and spacious, you might find yourself gravitating towards the ever-classic option of white cabinets—and for plenty of good reasons. Not only are they timeless, they can also be personalized with hardware or decorative styles to suit a wide range of design tastes, from modern classic to contemporary cutting-edge. But there’s another option that offers this same versatility, but with a little extra warmth. It’s time to consider cream colored cabinets for your kitchen renovation.

Whether you go for a super-subtle eggshell, a cool grey-beige, or an almost-yellow custard, creams are endlessly inviting, and can pair well with just about any kind of cabinet style. Landing on your perfect shade of off-white may be the hardest decision you’ll make, but from there, you have seemingly infinite possibilities for styling the space. You can accent your neutral cabinets with a dramatic marble countertop, lean into an all-off-white-everything vibe, or add dimension to the room with a palette of varying neutrals.

Considering all the possibilities can even feel overwhelming—but stress is the antithesis of the environment cream colored cabinets aim to create. So, to give you a little further direction, here are a few spaces that put this hue to great use.

Cream cabinets with open shelves in the kitchen

Photo and design by Mary Ellen Skye

The Mellow Minimalist

Sherwin-Williams’s Accessible Beige is a color that’s almost certainly earned its name—just consider how down-to-earth the grey-tinged hue makes Mary Ellen Arnold’s kitchen look. The super-minimal hardware by Golden Time Hardware on Semihandmade DIY Shaker and DIY Slab cabinet fronts keeps them perfectly serene.

Cream kitchen with cool archway

Design by Alexandra Cadiz of Studio Cadiz

The Sunrise Station

This kitchen by Alexandra Cadiz of Studio Cadiz could basically double as a spa—it’s that relaxing. A few coats of Benjamin Moore Clay Beige on Semihandmade DIY Slab fronts add a warmth to the Los Angeles space, while pared down details, like an arched alcove and beige floating shelves, play up the calming vibe.

Cream kitchen with shiplap backsplash

Photo and design by Melissa of The Slower Home

The Charming Corner

The beauty is in the subtle details of Melissa of The Slower Home’s kitchen. Semihandmade DIY Shaker cabinets painted with Farrow and Ball’s Joa White and shiplap walls bring the warmth, while light grey, heavily veined marble countertop provide an entrancing contrast. A sweet kitchen rail finishes off the space.

Cream cabinets in a kitchen with subway tile and pink rug

Photo and design by Daniel Kanter

The Shaker Space

Only good things happen when you combine kitchen classics like subway tile and DIY Shaker cabinets, like this upstate New York interior by Daniel Kanter demonstrates. Valspar’s Country Charm gives the space a cozy twist on both the cabinets and window trim to transform the space into a cottagecore dream.

Creamy white kitchen cabinets with marble counter

Photo by Eric Piasecki, design by Kevin Dumais

The Marbled Mix

Striking marble countertops bring the drama in this Litchfield, Connecticut, kitchen by Kevin Dumais. Semihandmade DIY Slab cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore’s Sag Harbor Gray play up the grey tones of the stone, while wooden hardware pulls together the wooden shelves and natural shiplap walls.

Cream grey kitchen cabinets

Photo by Jessica Delaney, design by Christina Wikman Interiors

The Perfect Neutral

This spacious kitchen by Christina Wikman shows the impact a full kitchen of cream cabinets can have. Farrow & Ball’s Drop Cloth is just the right balance between warm and cool—a neutral that will feel fresh yet timeless for years to come. Paired with Semihandmade’s DIY Shaker cabinets, it’s the stuff of Nancy Meyers’s kitchen dreams.

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