Help! Question about trim matching white cabinets

Melissa-KitchenNovember 16, 2012

Yet another question...

We are repainting our oak cabinets white. I am trying to choose which white and went to BM Moore yesterday to get some of the colors that others have used to paint their cabinets.

We have California shutters throughout our home. Obviously, these aren't going anywhere. The trim in our home is Oxford White and it seems to be a close match to the shutters.

So my question is, how do I select the right white for my cabinets? As you can see, the cabinets will touch the window over the sink. I like BM White Dove but will the Dove White look funny beside the bright, white shutters and trim? I am concerned that it is not enough of a difference and that it will look like I picked the wrong white. That said, I'm not sure if Oxford White would be the ideal choice to paint the kitchen cabinets. All of my trim and doors are BM Oxford White and I am not planning on changing them.

So, what are your thoughts? White Dove or match the Oxford White?

This thread on jmcreque's kitchen dilemma is what is making me worry

Here is a link that might be useful: This thread on jmcreque's color dilemma is what has me worried.

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I'm looking at a BM card with a bunch of different whites. I see Dove, but not Oxford, so I really don't know how they compare.

An off white next to a true white can look dirty. Two slightly different shades of white may work just fine or may look funny, which I realize is exactly your concern.

No one here can tell you for sure what you're going to think of those two whites next to each other under the particular lighting conditions of your kitchen and your best bet is to do a sample. I like the BM sample jars when possible and if not, I assume they'll mix you a pint.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 7:25PM
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Oxford White is CC-30. It's on the same card as decorator's white in my sample.

Now I am having major second thoughts on the White Dove because of some of the comments that I have read. People who have it seem to love it but many others have commented that it looks dingy. I really don't know what to think but after comparing our shutters, doors and trim to my samples, they are definitely Oxford White.

I'm thinking that I definitely have to choose either Oxford White or something that is noticeably different.

I asked my local store about samples. Yes, they will mix me a sample for $10. (Highway robbery if I want five lol) They did have some old small sample jars in their Affinity collection. They're very cheap so maybe I'll buy a few of those to give me an idea if I want a white or an off white/cream.

Does anyone have a paint suggestion?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 10:28PM
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Our trim has a tint of grey and the cabs have more yellow. At first it bothered me, but I now like the subtle difference. Not everything matches the woodwork in other rooms - why should the cabinets?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 11:36PM
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