Sarah Michelle Gellar's simple kitchen cabinet color is a 'stunning example of modern elegance' – and it will be just as fashionable in 100 years

The cabinets in the actress's kitchen are a classic choice that brings light and luxury to her space – interior designers love the luxurious look

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There is nothing more timeless than white kitchen cabinets. Though different colors and various shades of wood fade in and out of style as the cabinet color du jour, white cabinets are a beacon of constancy. Sarah Michelle Gellar's kitchen proves the rule.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress shared an adorable picture with her husband on Instagram, but we can only focus on the background. The kitchen idea is gorgeous. Nina Lichtenstein, Westchester-based interior designer tells Homes & Gardens, 'Sarah Michelle Gellar’s kitchen is a stunning example of modern elegance, featuring pristine white kitchen cabinets that extend to the ceiling.'

She continues, 'Paired with sleek black countertops and a striking black backsplash, the space achieves a harmonious balance of light and dark elements. The white sink, positioned across from a stainless steel oven, adds a hint of classic charm, while glass-fronted cabinets introduce an element of openness and sophistication.'

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In addition to how they fit into the scheme, the simple kitchen cabinet color has the power to transform Gellar's space. Lichtenstein tells H&G: 'White kitchen cabinets offer numerous advantages that make them a popular choice among homeowners and designers alike. In Gellar’s kitchen, these benefits are particularly evident, contributing to both the functionality and aesthetics of the space.'

Nina Lichtenstein
Nina Lichtenstein

Nina Lichtenstein is the founder and principal home designer at her eponymous design studio, based in Westchester, NY. Nina believes that home design should capture a family’s unique spirit by how it serves the family's daily needs while nourishing the soul. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant living spaces.

She continues, 'White cabinets have the remarkable ability to brighten any room, making it feel more open and airy. In Gellar’s white kitchen, the ceiling-high cabinets draw the eye upward, creating an illusion of increased height and space. The reflective quality of the white surfaces amplifies natural light, ensuring the kitchen remains bright and inviting throughout the day.'

'The clean, crisp aesthetic of white cabinets enhances the kitchen’s overall appearance, conveying a sense of order and cleanliness,' adds Lichtenstein. 'In a space where hygiene is paramount, the visual impact of white surfaces can make the kitchen feel fresh and well-maintained. The contrast with the black countertops and backsplash further accentuates this clean look, highlighting the kitchen’s sleek lines and modern design.'

Furthermore, Gellar's choice of cabinet paint is a timeless scheme that will never date. Lichtenstein says, 'White is a classic and timeless color that transcends interior design trends, ensuring that Gellar’s kitchen will remain stylish and relevant for years to come. This neutral palette provides a versatile foundation that can easily be updated with new accessories, hardware, or accent colors as design preferences evolve.'

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According to experts, Gellar's kitchen will be just as in style in 100 years, and for good reason. White cabinets are versatile and help a space look brighter and larger.

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.