How to find the right combination of counters and cabinets for your kitchen

If you’ve given any thought to remodeling your kitchen, you probably have a vision for what countertops and cabinets you want. These two elements are, inarguably, the most visible...

If you’ve given any thought to remodeling your kitchen, you probably have a vision for what countertops and cabinets you want. These two elements are, inarguably, the most visible and important part of any renovation. Yet, there’s a certain level of “choice paralysis” that sets in for homeowners when they realize just how many potential combinations of quartz, granite, and cabinets there are to select from. In this article, we’ll provide a quick guide to moving your stuck project forward and finding countertops and cabinets that look great together.

Do your homework

When shopping for new countertops and cabinets, take samples of any potential pairings you’re considering home with you. The color and match of cabinets and countertops can look one way in the store, but be completely different once in your home. If your kitchen has natural light from either windows or a skylight, be sure to take note of how the materials look throughout the changing light of the day. Of course, you’ll also want to check out how your cabinet and countertop samples look under the lights in your kitchen at night.

This is also a great time to think about how your new kitchen might come together as a whole. After all, a kitchen’s aesthetic involves more than just countertops and cabinets: the backsplash, appliances, sink, and flooring all need to fit the overall style. A ceramic farmhouse-style sink, for instance, might feel out of place in a modern kitchen that features black quartz countertops, white cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.

Talk to a professional kitchen remodeler

With so many colors and styles to choose from—not to mention from different brands at different price points—your first step should be talking to a kitchen designer or remodeling expert. There are many benefits to consulting with a design pro. Here are just a few:

  • As someone who designs kitchens for a living, a professional designer or contractor should be able to provide you with insight into what other homeowners have done with their kitchens.
  • Find a countertop and cabinet pairing that you like, but it’s out of your price range? A contractor can help you find similar materials within your budget.
  • No two kitchens are completely the same. A professional designer can provide you with individualized advice for your space—and let you know if your plans for your kitchen will clash with the rest of your home.

Not sure if a professional designer fits in your remodeling budget? You can also get design advice from the team where you buy your countertops and cabinets.

Decide on a focal point

Generally speaking, you don’t want both the countertop and cabinets competing for the eye’s attention. They need to complement each other, and only one should be the focal point. If you use a colorful and exotic granite with natural stone veins, consider pairing it with a neutral white or light grey cabinet. With darker cabinets that use rich wood colors, a simple white quartz often fits well. Again, when in doubt, talk to your designer. What works well in one home may not necessarily fit in yours.

For even more tips on pairing together countertops and cabinets—as well as a guide to combinations that work—check out this infographic.

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Kitchen Remodeling on a small budget

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