How to Update Cream or Off-White Cabinets and Trim: Frequently Asked Questions (2023)

Tips and ideas for a more modern look for your cream cabinets

When updating a kitchen or bathroom with cream cabinets, it's not just about finding the best paint colors (you'll find links to them in this blog post); it's about understanding why it's best.

That's why I've compiled a collection of the most common questions I get asked in the comments section,instagram, in mineYOUTUBE KANAL.

So, without further ado, let's get this cream-inspired color party started!

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Can I paint my walls white or off-white with cream cabinets or trim?

Hardly not. You can stop looking, you can stop suffering - that magic color doesn't exist (insert wine here). Whether you're watching or notWarm whiteorreal white people; White did NOT work,Without exception(I'm sorry).


  • Pairing cream cabinets (or trim) with white will make your cabinets popmore yellowFor comparisson. If you don't mind, put the boots on, but it's usually not the way you want it to look.
  • If you pair cream cabinets with an off-white that's the same color as your cabinets, you risk some seriously clashing hues—the two colors will fight.Slot of the same color.

Look at the next photo. You'll see a range of warm off-white neutrals paired with very creamy cabinets. Notice how the cabinets look richer and more yellow compared to this warm off white...

Sherwin Williamsbeautiful white,holy white,white duck

Do not worry; thisThe above samples are not intended for "wall color matching"– They were for a different project, I appreciate them sending this blog post as a great example of what doesn't work!

Now let's try pairing cream cabinets with a warm white or two...

The first example is shown by Sherwin-Williamsantique whitecabinet with a Benjamin Moore patterncloud white, warm white color...

Although it never hurts to try, just be aware that the cabinets will look more yellow compared to warm white - examples like this count! It's one thing to have cream walls and white trim; it's quite another to change things. For this client, we tried using warm white tones, but it was hard to say no.

This is Sherwin Williamscreamy, it's a warm gray and white on vintage white…

Look at how those golden yellow cabinets lookby comparison! I mean, sometimes you just have to try to know, but once you try and it doesn't work, it's time to move on (which is what I tell Tim every Friday night).

Remember, just because you don't want to hear it doesn't mean it's not true (say with love, blink blink).


1. If you're one of the lucky few with mid-height cream cabinets in the off-white range (LRV of 80/81), you can get as close to soft white on the walls as you want to replicate the color of your wall cabinet. For example, Sherwin-WilliamscreamyOn a white/off-white border. When a color like cream has such a high LRV, it is more likely to behave likesoft, warm whiteinstead of off-white, making it a great choice for walls and cabinets (and trim).

2. If you have darker/heavier/more yellow cream cabinets or decorate and insist on off-white walls...

I recommend that you paint the walls and cabinets the same color; there is simply no other option in off-white.

Yes, keep it simple and flawless;Let the shine changedo the work for you. Even if the color is more yellow than you want, you can't always get what you want if you have cream cabinets. If there's a better option - I'll let you know, I promise. You can try lightening the cabinet color by 25% for a slightly lighter look. Because of this, your cabinets will not look less yellow, if I had stayed with the same color.

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How do I make my cream or liner cabinets look less yellow?

When it comes to cream cabinets, it's not about making them look less yellow—they're the color of yellow. If that is your concern,it's more about it does not make them more yellow.

It's hard to turn cream into something it's not - and it's not white. Of course, if your cream has a high LRV (which we'll get to a little later), you have a better chance of achieving a soft look. But in addition, you also have a cream yellow border.

1. Don't use an off-white that doesn't quite match your cabinets

An off white or lighter paint color that is the same color or lighter than the cream cabinets will make your cabinets or trim look more yellow...

2. Avoid cold colors

Painting the walls a cool color (i.e. gray or teal) will make your cream cabinets or trim look more yellow in comparison…

Sherwin Williamscomfortable gray– nice combination, but the yellow definitely shines!

Also refers togray and dark brown.Although these are warm lacquer colors, they are "cooler" than the cream color.

3. Paint your walls the same cream color as your cabinets or paneling

This is tricky because the flow into the next room with white trim can be tricky, but sometimes you can't fit everything in one color. Generally speaking, when it comes to colors and designs, you have toFirst, do what fits the roomThen start practicing from there.

Sometimes gentle and simple are best - Benjamin Moorenavajo white

In the following example, my client has Sherwin Williams antique white cabinets...with glaze. Glazes make it very demanding because it adjusts the original color and intensity.

Their original goal was to find a warm white color, but that didn't work out with these cabinets. Ruling out other possible options (ie beige), we settled on Antique White, which is 25% lighter in color, which is about as white as we could get! Although the match was not 100% and varied from one side of the wall to the other, they got the glossier look they wanted!

Sometimes when the ideal world doesn't exist (and the "ideal world" is usually white cabinets), it's all about finding the next best thing.

The next kitchen has very creamy yellow cabinets, and the best solution is cream-colored walls. Having said that, while cream cabinets are often the best choice for certain granite countertops, if we were starting from scratch, we would opt for a cream with less yellowing…

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4. Stick to warm, muted neutral tones

Light to medium dark neutrals are the best choice to tone down the look of a cream cabinet. but rememberCream cabinet is cream cabinet,and lackPaint them with a more flexible white color, they are what they are!

the last point is not mineelectronic designThis is usually what clients want to hear, but it works.

If I have cream cabinets or trim, can I paint the walls gray or gray?

That! But let's be honest, it's never that simple...

Warm colors rarely like cool colors of the same color or lighter than them.

I want you to write it down in the annals of your soul (I already know there are two "n's" in the annals, watch out for that). While things are changing as warm colors get darker, if you're somewhere in the white to medium range, proceed with caution.

Warm colors can only tolerate colors that are cooler than them, but darker than them.

I said yes20+ LRV-ovadot or more (may vary depending on how yellow your cream is). By the way, I don't just mean cool colors; I only think of colors'not so warm'Colors that match them. If you look at the WARMER option for walls, sometimes you guess15 light rail vehiclesspread.

Once you remember this amazing trick, your painting life will be so... much more... easier (you'll learn about LRV soon).

This restaurant features Sherwin Williamscreamyon the decoration. Since the cream is almost white in color, it looks wickedly gorgeousChelsea nicewall. It also helps that Chelsea Gray is noticeably darker than Creamy, so they're nowhere near the competition in depth...

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As shown in the next space, walls toocoolexceptLightCreamy warm tones of decorations and cabinets...

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Even with a low LRV, this cool-toned paint color does not blend well with the surrounding finishes. The above is a great example of someone wanting to paint their walls a certain color, whether it makes sense or not.

Choose colors for the home you own, not the home you wish you had.

Let's look at a cream cabinet (similar to Sherwin Williamsantique white) with Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray and Popular Gray. These two colors are 15 and 11 LRV points below Antique White, respectively.

These are not my favorite options, but my clients want to try it, sometimes you just don't know until you try!

notice howmundane gray(left) thanpop siva(exactly). But there is no screaming fame either. While Worldly Gray is "better", hestill very doubtfulIn comparison, the wardrobes look very warm. I'm always happy to accommodate clients when they want to try something like this, because sometimes they have to see for themselves why it doesn't work.

In the next photo, my client has a cream rim (color unknown). Luckily, it's not a super dark or super yellow cream, which means we have more flexibility. Even then we had to black outside comb ashThe 25% increase is just to increase the LRV between the two colors and have some kind of play between them...

What is LRV and why do I need it?

If you've been drinking my Koolaid with alcohol for a while, you'll knowHow important is LRVin the color selection process. Here's the bottom line...

Each paint color has an LRV number on a scale of 0-100.

0 is pure black and 100 is pure white.

The closer a color's LRV is to 0, the closer it is to black.

The closer a color's LRV is to 100, the closer it is to white.

Since it involves different depths, hereApproximate rangeBecause of our existence here today...

  • Color of white: 82 – 94
  • Fairly white: 74 – 81(average depth of butter tank is 72-78 LRV)
  • Light colors: 55 – 73
  • Light-medium deep color: 40-54

If you are new to LRV, take a few minutessee this article; it will pay off and show youWhere to find LRVthe color of the paint.

In your next kitchen, it's a tricky question between cream/yellow cabinetry, rose-hued countertops, and white window trim. She does have nice bones though!


How does knowing the LRV of my paint color help me choose?

To find the right paint color for your cream cabinets or trim, you need to start with a color that is about 20 LRV points lower than your cream color (I said 15 points earlier, but that was overkill). That's why it's very important to be sure what kind of cream you're dealing with (or as close as possible).

The closer two colors are in depth, the more competitive they are. You need approx.20+ LRV-ovaThe point between the cream cabinet/dish and the color of the walls.

What wall colors go with cream or off-white cabinets (or trim)?

I swear when I read on the internet, it's like some consultant is pulling color out of their... out of thin air. "Blue, dark brown, white, gray," read one site. Seriously, thanks - I'll pass on almost all of them.

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Actually, it's a huge topic. It's so big that I dedicated an entire blog to it, which you can view below...

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Should trim and cabinets be the same white? ›

If you are building and have chosen white cabinets, I recommend painting the trim, ceiling and doors the SAME white. If your existing trim/cabinets/etc… white doesn't actually suit your room and its hard finishes (countertop, tile, etc…)

What Colours make cream look less yellow? ›

Cool tone bulbs: These are also known as white light bulbs and give a bluish or bright tone to the room. They will make cream cabinets appear less yellow but might take away the warm, cozy vibe of your kitchen.

What wall Colour goes with cream kitchen units? ›

What colour walls go with cream kitchen cabinets?
  • Blue. Blue is a calming and refreshing colour that matches really well with cream cabinets. ...
  • Beige/taupe. Warming shades of beige and taupe can provide an earthy and organic background that complements cream kitchen cabinets. ...
  • Green. ...
  • Grey. ...
  • White.

Are cream cabinets dated? ›

Are cream kitchen cabinets in style? Cream kitchen cabinets are definitely in style – in fact, this color is a timeless shade that will never date, whether your kitchen is contemporary or traditional.

Are cream-colored cabinets still in style? ›

Last updated: June 10, 2022. Fans of cream-colored cabinets I have good news for you! The cream and warm colors of the past are making a comeback in the kitchens of today. If you had a hard time letting go of your cream-colored kitchen because your friends told you it was outdated, you can finally go back to it.

Does white and off-white go together? ›

White and warm off-white look beautiful together in any room. They make for a classic, sophisticated palette that's also very of-the-moment.

Should white cabinets be lighter or darker than walls? ›

There are no strict rules as to whether painted kitchen cabinets should be lighter or darker than the walls, essentially it comes down to personal preference and the look you're trying to achieve.

Should wall color be lighter or darker than cabinets? ›

Choose paint with the same undertone as your cabinets but a couple of shades darker. Your cabinets will draw the eye, and the room will appear more spacious. If you'd rather make your cabinets blend into the background, you can choose an attention-grabbing wall color.

What colors compliment cream? ›

Here are some of the best colors that match cream.
  • Green. Green symbolizes nature, translating to calm and serenity. ...
  • Blue. Blue is a widely popular interior and exterior color. ...
  • Red. Reddish colors are known to catch the eye, but not all reds pair well with cream. ...
  • Gold. ...
  • Yellow. ...
  • Peach. ...
  • White. ...
  • Brown.
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What is the complementary color of cream? ›

Cream's complementary color (the color across from it on the color wheel) is light blue, which is approximately Lavender Blue.

What colour stands out on cream? ›

Bright and light blues are both good options to pair with your cream. It will create a tropical feel that belongs oceanside. Add some tan in and you'll have the perfect seaside color palette.

What feature walls go with cream? ›

Since cream is a neutral colour, almost all colours go well with a cream colour wall paint combination. Specific colours to consider are brown, grey, white, and blue.

How do you style a kitchen with cream cabinets? ›

Cream Cabinets Pair Perfectly with Wood Accents

Lighter and natural wood tones work best. Adding dashes of color with area rugs, backsplashes, artwork, countertop decor or green plants is a great finishing touch.

What hardware goes with cream cabinets? ›

Brass Hardware

The warm tones of brass hardware complement the creamy color of the cabinets and create a timeless and elegant look. Whether you choose modern or vintage-inspired brass hardware, it will add a unique touch to your modern cream kitchen cabinets.

How do you Modernise a cream kitchen? ›

Add in cooler tones to a cream kitchen

If you are looking for colors to bring into a cream kitchen, cooler tones like greys and dark blues work wonderfully. Be sure to pick a cream that doesn't have too much of a yellow undertone if you want to introduce these more steely tones.

Does cream and white go together in a kitchen? ›

Don't be afraid to mix white & cream

You might think they don't go together, but they do! Shades of cream will help warm up the whites in your space while keeping it light and bright. Plus, it'll also bring in some subtle variation.

What is the most timeless cabinet color? ›

White is the most timeless cabinet color of all, with popularity dating back over half a century. It's hard to beat the crisp, clean beauty of bright white cabinets. They lighten the entire room and lend a refreshing, airy feel.

What color cabinets never go out of style? ›

5 Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors That Will Never Go Out of Style, According to Interior Designers
  • Greige. A mashup and gray and beige, greige is a versatile color that pairs with a variety of countertop and backsplash materials. ...
  • Navy. ...
  • White. ...
  • Sage Green.
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How do I add warmth to my cream kitchen? ›

Choose a shade of grey with warm undertones to help retain the warm qualities of cream, avoiding blue-toned greys. Finish the look by painting the walls with a putty colour, to meet the two tones of cream and grey halfway.

How do you pair white and cream? ›

Layered. If you are unsure how to wear your white and cream separates together, try layering them to create a look as unique as you are. Wearing multiple shades of creams and white looks rich and is easier to wear than trying to find matching shades, which can end up looking too intentional.

Does beige and off-white go together? ›

White and Beige

Like this kitchen from sweetjamhomedesign shows, beige is a great color to pair with white because it keeps the space neutral but still adds a little cozy warmth. Pair warm beiges with off-whites or find a cool beige or greige to play well with a cool, icy white.

What color should your trim be if your walls are white? ›

WHAT COLOR SHOULD THE TRIM BE IF THE WALLS ARE WHITE? If your walls are white, the trim should be the SAME white, just in a different sheen. While it can be trendy to paint your trim a non-white, like greige, taupe, or gray, it's a trend.

What is most popular color for kitchen cabinets? ›

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Should doors match trim or wall? ›

It's a common question, “Do interior doors and trim have to match?” The short answer is no. The doors and trim can be whatever style and color you want them to be. Your home's design is entirely up to you.

What color cabinets make a kitchen look bigger? ›

Go with Light Colors

Light colors are more reflective than dark colors and they will make your kitchen appear bigger as well as more open and airy. Light blues, greens, or pale yellows are other great colors to make your space look larger than life.

What is the best color to paint kitchen cabinets for resale? ›

“I have seen cabinets successfully painted shades of white, gray, navy, deep green, and even black,” Lozada says. She says light neutrals are generally the best colors for resale because they appeal to most people, but she advises against painting cabinets taupe or beige.

What color looks best on cabinets? ›

Some good neutral colors for kitchen cabinets include light gray, dark gray, or greige (a mix of gray and beige). These neutrals will help ground your space and give you freedom to incorporate more playful colors via accessories and appliances.

Does cream and white go together? ›

Cream and white work together well as contrasters, as bright white is just that. This match works well when walls are painted in cream and the ceiling is highlighted in bright white. It gives a sharp contrast, that's clean and brightens the rest of the room effortlessly.

What is the best cream color code? ›

The hex code for cream is #FFFDD0.

Do beige and cream go together? ›

'Beige is such a great color to pair with shades of taupe, and cream for a well layered and dimensioned look,' says Brittany Farinas, founder of House of One. Why not create a super light-filled and airy beige living room or bedroom with a peppering of white or cream.

Is off white and cream the same color? ›

One of the most common shades of white used in interior decorating, the color ivory is warmer than pure bright white and features a yellow or beige tinge. 'Ivory,' 'off-white,' and 'cream' are often used interchangeably to describe the same soft hue.

Is cream white or beige? ›

Colors often considered "shades of white" include cream, eggshell, ivory, Navajo white, and vanilla.

Is cream a shade of yellow or white? ›

Cream is the pastel colour of yellow, much as pink is to red. By mixing yellow and white, cream can be produced.

What color goes with white and cream? ›

A gray, white and cream scheme can create a calming, neutral space that will feel utterly timeless. Whether you opt for a light or dark gray, the use of brighter, lighter neutrals such as cream and white will make for an elegant contrast and color pairing.

What color is cream or ivory? ›

The main difference between ivory color and cream color are in the yellow undertones of both hues. When comparing ivory vs cream, the cream color will reflect its namesakes creamy yellow undertones that are found in butter or thick dairy products. Ivory color will be a brighter white. Learn more.

What's the difference between cream and beige? ›

Differences Between Beige and Cream

Beige is a warmer color with more brown in it, while cream is lighter and has more of a yellow undertone. Additionally, beige is often used in interior design as a primary color, while cream is more commonly used as an accent color.

What colour furniture goes with cream? ›

Cream Sofa: Living Room Ideas

With the clever application of other colours, such as blue and green, or more neutral tones such as beige and brown, one can create stunning colour combinations for a wide array of settings. Cream also blends beautifully with unique shades, such as coral pink or burnt orange.

What color trim goes with cream on a house? ›

Yellow-toned creams tend to look great with crisp white trim and a wide range of grays and browns. They also work well with other strong tones used as accent colors, like rustic red shutters or awnings.

Does cream walls go with white trim? ›

Happily, white versus cream paint is not an either-or proposition. The two can be used together to great effect. Here, white furniture and trim against a cream wall keep the room light and airy but not blinding white, cold or stark, the common complaints of those who shy away from white walls.

Do cream cabinets go with gray walls? ›

Since it is a neutral color, gray looks good when combined with warm undertones. Selecting cabinets should match the undertones of your walls. So go for cool cabinets if your gray walls have cool undertones. White, cream or brown tones are some nice options.

What is the most popular color for white cabinets? ›

Warm Gray and Greige. Shades of gray and greige (gray + beige) continue to be popular choices for kitchens with white cabinets because they are neutral colors that don't compete for attention. Whether you have warm or cool toned white cabinets, a warmer gray in particular is an excellent choice.

What color glaze goes best with white cabinets? ›

To warm white or lighter-colored cabinets, we turn to cream, beige or brown glazes. Select a lighter or darker hue, depending on the amount of contrast or texture desired. If your kitchen has a cooler theme, we typically work with gray, white or black glazes.

What Colour utensils go with cream kitchen? ›

Off-White Shades That Work with Light Cream Cabinets

Forget about plain white and reach for elegant eggshells and ivory instead. The right off-white shade can transform a kitchen. If you prefer a more traditional country style, experiment with cooler tones for a brilliant backdrop to your cooking space.

Do cream and GREY go together in a kitchen? ›

Gray and cream is such a soothing color combination in the kitchen. Do you love it, too? If so, I have five lovely kitchens to share with you, plus a tip from a friend on the perfect off-white paint color to get this subtle, sophisticated look.

Is creamy a good color for kitchen cabinets? ›

Just like white paint colors, cream paints offer a classic look which works extremely well with both contemporary kitchens and a more traditional kitchen. In addition, cream shades are perfect in both a small kitchen and a larger one alike.

Can you combine white and cream? ›

Don't be afraid to mix white & cream

You might think they don't go together, but they do! Shades of cream will help warm up the whites in your space while keeping it light and bright. Plus, it'll also bring in some subtle variation.

Can you have white trim with wood cabinets? ›

Yes, you can mix wood and white trim in the same house (or, even, in the same room)!

Should trim be same color as kitchen cabinets? ›

kitchen cabinets don't have to match the trim, but they should coordinate. A good way to achieve coordination is to choose a cabinet color that is either lighter or darker than the trim color. For example, if the trim is white, you could choose a cabinet color that is either beige or black.

What color goes best with cream white? ›

Here are 8 exterior paint colors that look good paired with cream.
  • Green. Green has a calmness and serenity to it. ...
  • Red. Avoid fire engine red and opt for burnt red or burgundy. ...
  • Blue. Blue is relaxing and welcoming. ...
  • Gold. ...
  • Yellow. ...
  • Peach. ...
  • White.

What is the best combination for cream color? ›

Since cream is a neutral colour, almost all colours go well with a cream colour wall paint combination. Specific colours to consider are brown, grey, white, and blue.

What color trim is trending? ›

White Is Still the Most Popular Trim Color

White trim paint is still the leader of the pack in 2021. White trim gives your room a crisp, sophisticated feel. This color is popular because it can accentuate any wall color. It is a classic for a reason.

Should house trim be lighter or darker than the house color? ›

Keeping the trim lighter than the field is almost always a safe bet. Gutters, downspouts, and similar elements should usually be painted the trim color to help them “disappear” into the background.

What Colour furniture goes with cream? ›

Cream Sofa: Living Room Ideas

With the clever application of other colours, such as blue and green, or more neutral tones such as beige and brown, one can create stunning colour combinations for a wide array of settings. Cream also blends beautifully with unique shades, such as coral pink or burnt orange.

Does white and off white go together? ›

White and warm off-white look beautiful together in any room. They make for a classic, sophisticated palette that's also very of-the-moment.

Is stained trim coming back? ›

Donati: Yes! Stained wood is not in right now, but everything makes a comeback. With light and bright colors trending, we aren't seeing much demand for the stained woodwork look.

Should kitchen cabinets be same color as baseboards? ›

While there is no right or wrong answer to if your kitchen cabinets should match the baseboards. When designing a kitchen, the baseboards often get overlooked. However, they are actually an incredible tool to use when deciding on the decorative theme. They can really pull a room together.

Should I use satin or semi gloss on cabinets and trim? ›

Semigloss has significantly more shine. Because its gloss reflects a lot of light, semigloss paint colors appear deeper and brighter than the same colors with satin finishes. Satin paint's less-reflective finish, however, helps to hide your cabinets' surface imperfections, whereas semigloss paint accentuates them.


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