Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Proves This Cabinet Shade Is Totally Timeless

What cabinet color is best for kitchens? Believe it or not, white is always one of the most foolproof options, providing a classy look that will never appear outdated. For instance, in an episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," while the upper cabinets in the kitchen were transformed to a warmer neutral, the bottom cabinets were a clean, timeless white, and looked stunning.

If you're unsure about whether you should use a vivid color or a neutral for your kitchen cabinets, white will always be a trustworthy, upscale-looking option. After all, wouldn't you prefer to invest in a clean-looking cabinet that will never go out of style? White is also sure to pair well with every decoration you have (or might buy in the future), in contrast to an overly bold color that may clash with decor and grow outdated over time. So, it can't hurt to take inspiration from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and clean up your kitchen's vibe with white cabinets.

There are endless buying options

If you're dead set on recreating the kitchen from the previously discussed episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," have no fear. The white cabinets used in the episode, from the Malibu White Collection, are available at Cabinets to Go. Various cabinets with the timeless, clean white look are available, including standard base cabinets, wall cabinets, and specialty cabinets. If you want to splurge on fancy details, you can opt for premium upgrades, such as a durable surface protectant or adjustable hidden hinges.

Cabinets to Go's Malibu White Collection has three out of five stars on the website, so there are some mixed reviews, but many loved the white cabinets. Still, many other retailers sell white shaker cabinets, too, such as Home Depot, Lowe's, and Wayfair. Therefore, you have plenty of options for white cabinets in addition to the accessible ones from the show.

Or just paint your cabinets white

If you don't want to buy all new cabinets, consider repainting them. It's less expensive than a full replacement, but the cost of getting your kitchen cabinets painted by a professional is still an investment. Expect to pay between $30 and $70 for each linear foot, and spend at least a couple of thousand dollars on the paint job in total. 

If you want to save some money, consider doing the paint job yourself. There are many accessible white paint options for your cabinets, such as the well-liked Rust-Oleum Transformations Pure White Cabinet Paint, available for $48.98 at Home Depot, or the beloved BEHR PREMIUM White Satin Enamel Interior/Exterior Cabinet, Door & Trim Paint, selling for $49.98 at Home Depot.

Once you have your white cabinets, think about the hardware color, too. For example, if you like classic, always-elegant looks, black hardware on white cabinets will look classy forever. On the other hand, stainless steel or chrome hardware will provide a sleek futuristic vibe, and gold can add a touch of drama.