After spending thousands of dollars on a kitchen renovation, the last thing that you want to happen is for you to decide that you hate the look of your cabinets with the countertop. Fortunately, you can compare samples side-by-side to help prevent this from happening. If you are looking to match your cabinets with your countertops or vice versa, here are a few tips you should follow to help ensure that both materials meet your needs while also looking great.
The Various Color Concepts
When you are matching cabinets with countertops in your kitchen, there are four basic color concepts that you should follow. The first is a white on white concept. In this color scheme, both your cabinets and countertop are white. The next is a dark on light concept. In this scheme, you have light cabinets, such as white or a light wood and you pair it with a dark countertop, such as black quartz or brown granite. The next color concept is the opposite of the last; the light on dark concept. You pair dark cabinets, such as black or cherry with a light countertop, such as marble or a silver metal. The last is the dark on dark concept. This involves pairing dark cabinets with a dark countertop. The secret to pulling off this look is finding a dark countertop with movement in a lighter color, such as black granite with thick grey veins, to keep the space from looking too dark.
Different Material Options Available
Another factor to consider when you are matching cabinets with your countertop is the different material options that you have available and how well they pair together. When it comes to cabinets, you have your choice of laminate, thermofoil, plastic or natural wood, such as maple, cherry, oak or pine. When it comes to countertops, you can pick between laminate, marble, quartz, granite, butcher block, stainless steel or tile options. As a general rule of thumb, you want to pair items together based on their price point. It won’t match if you were to pair expensive high-end cabinets with low-end laminate countertops. Likewise, pairing low-cost laminate cabinets with high-end marble may look off. If you select one low-end, mid-range or high-end material, ensure the other falls in that category as well.
How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Choices
The last thing you need to keep in mind when you are matching cabinets and countertops is that the look of the materials should not be the only thing that influences your decision. Think about your lifestyle and how your cabinets or countertops will hold up to that lifestyle. For example, granite, concrete and wood countertops need to be sealed or oiled, whereas quartz and laminate don’t. If you have a busy life, you may not have time for this. Likewise, laminate cabinets may not hold up well with kids tugging, pulling or constantly opening them. Always consider the pros and cons of the material you are choosing, not just the aesthetic, to find both cabinets and countertops that match and meet your needs.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. If yours is looking worn or tired, you may be looking to update it. At Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling, we can help transform your kitchen from the tired and worn space into a warm, functional space that you can enjoy with your family and friends. We will sit down with you and determine what you are looking for in the space and then design the perfect option based on your budget and desired features. Call today to schedule an appointment!