Creating a beautiful, functional, and cohesive kitchen starts with selecting the right materials in coordinating colors. In a stunning kitchen everything is important, from the big appliances right down to the smallest details. When everything is in harmony, a kitchen becomes the life-centre of a home.
The two components of a kitchen which define the rest of its aesthetic and take up the most visual space in the room are the countertops and kitchen cabinets. Color is vitally important too; the colors you select will determine the final look and feel of your kitchen, making it either elegant or fun and casual.
Designing the perfect kitchen is all about creating a customized yet cohesive look, while matching your granite and kitchen cabinets delivers that perfect finish. Granite not only adds value to your home, it also offers an elegant, elevated finish to your kitchen. What is vitally important, though, is that your countertops perfectly match your cabinets; this is key to executing a well-thought-out design.
Your Kitchen and the Color Wheel
Mixing and matching color combinations can coordinate in neutral, analogous, or complementary combinations, and of course you can add in neutral colors which are often used as the basis of kitchen design. Neutral colors deliver a calming effect, particular when they’re used in conjunction with more vibrant colours.
Once you’ve chosen your color palette, it’s time to choose your granite countertop. You need to decide whether your granite countertops will contrast or complement your kitchen cabinets.
Choosing your Countertops
The countertop is typically chosen as the main focal point of the kitchen, with the backsplash chosen in either the same material or a complimentary color or material to blend in with one of your primary kitchen colors. Matching your cabinets and floor to your countertops is much easier that trying to do it the other way around. If you design your kitchen around your countertops you’ll find it much easier to coordinate the rest of the design.
Choosing Monochrome or Complimenting Colors
You’ll probably need some variation if you’ve chosen kitchen color combinations that go perfectly together. Plain white cupboards with plain white countertops can be a little too ho-hum, but if you were to choose a white marble countertop with blue veining, now you can pair this with white cupboards, using the blue from the countertops elsewhere in the kitchen. Alternatively, you might prefer blue cupboards, allowing the blue in the marble to really pop.
How to Combine Countertops and Kitchen Cabinets
If you’ve decided on a monochromatic color scheme for your kitchen, you’ll need to select a few shades of your chosen color. Let’s say you’ve decided on different shades of beige as the foundation of your kitchen design; you’ll need to choose a minimum of two shades of beige, in addition to a white or brown for added contrast.
One technique you can use when choosing your color scheme is to favour one color a lot to draw out the color in another kitchen piece. We’ll assume you have chosen a granite countertop that contains flecks of gold; by adding gold to your cupboards you automatically make the gold in your countertop more dramatic. Alternatively, a combination of tan granite with white cabinets will still offer a beautiful complimentary pairing.
Contrast Color Pairing
This means that you choose light granite with a dark cabinet, or a dark granite with a light cabinet – both offer a contrasting finish. Today we’re seeing more and more contrasting pairings in new and remodeled kitchens because they deliver a modern finish that automatically elevates the kitchen.
One of the smartest-looking contrasting pairing options is to match black countertops with white cabinets. This modern take on pairing allows you to highlight this contrast with the rest of your kitchen accessories. White cabinets are typically chosen with dark granite countertops, but don’t forget other beautiful light shades like light blue, tan, light green, or other light hues that would perfectly match your unique kitchen design.
Should Island Countertops and Perimeter Countertops Match?
No, not necessarily. These two countertops don’t need to match. In fact, coordinating these colors can become a stylish contrasting feature of your kitchen, maintaining the consistency of the style.
Don’t Go Trendy Or Bold With Cabinets and Countertops
For lasting kitchen décor you need to select classic colors that will look modern and stylish for many years to come. Kitchen accessories, on the other hand, are less of an investment and much easier to replace. Your kitchen accessories can be used to add fashion and a little trendiness to your kitchen. Trendy colors and bold prints in items like small appliances, curtains, wall paint, towels and so on are an easy way to bring life to your kitchen, and they can always be chosen to complement the basics of your kitchen which are the classic colors in your countertops and cabinets.
How To Select The Right Granite Pattern
To select the right cabinet and granite pairing for your kitchen, below we’ll explain how to match your kitchen cabinets and countertops based on certain color preferences.
Granite: White and Tan
White granite is not actually a true white; it’s like an off-white, or a combination of colors that can make it quite challenging to select the perfect matching cabinets. However, if you’re looking for a contrasting design, choosing a dark cabinet like black or espresso make the ideal pairing for white granite. Alternatively, check out the unique pattern in your granite slab.
Granite: Medium to Dark
There are a number of granite countertop choices that fit into the earth-tone hue of medium to dark finish. These shades are typically the easiest to pair with kitchen cabinets because the different shades of brown easily and perfectly match many different woods.
Granite: Black and Other Dark Colours
There’s nothing more startling in a kitchen than a black countertop. Keep in mind that it doesn’t need to be a solid black; it can be a patterned black or any other dark stone that makes the statement you’re looking for.
Compare The Two Side-by-Side
When matching countertop granite to cabinets, the simplest way to get this right is to physically compare the two. Take a sample of the cabinet material with you when you go to the granite showroom. You’ll very quickly determine what you like and don’t like. Physically comparing the two takes the guess work (and the worry) out of the selection process. Ideally you’ll take a small cabinet door with you to give a good representation of the color variations.
It’s also a good idea to ask for some granite samples to take home with you; now you can observe the granite in your own kitchen with your own lighting. The countertop samples should be placed on a white sheet or towel so you get an accurate representation of the color.
Regardless of your preference for a contrasting or complementary finish, color palette, or the size of your working budget, when you choose the right cupboards to match your granite countertops, you’re well on the way to designing a beautiful, trendy, and functional kitchen.