Revamp your kitchen with the timeless beauty that natural stone kitchen countertops offer. When it comes to creating a cohesive and stunning aesthetic, matching your granite countertops with the right kitchen cabinets is crucial.
In this guide, our team at Granite Selection will explore the art of harmonizing colors, textures, and styles to achieve a visually appealing combination that will elevate your kitchen to new heights.
Whether you’re eyeing cherry wood cabinets with complementary dark-color granite or maple cabinets with black countertops, you’ll find what you need for your kitchen remodel. Discover the secrets to achieving the perfect balance between your natural stone kitchen countertops and cabinets for a truly remarkable kitchen transformation.
1. Determine a Color Palette
When matching granite slabs with your kitchen cabinets, you’ll first want to determine your ideal color palette. Start by considering the overall style and theme of your kitchen so you can achieve a cohesive look. Take into account the existing color cabinets that you have in addition to your walls and flooring. Aim for complementary colors for your cabinets without focusing on specific pairing techniques. Here are some key points to consider:
Assess the dominant colors in your existing cabinets and choose a granite countertop color that complements or blends well with them.
Consider the undertones in both the cabinets and the granite to ensure they work together harmoniously.
Look for granite patterns and veining that enhance the overall aesthetic of your kitchen without overpowering the cabinets.
Factor in the lighting in your kitchen, as it can affect the appearance of colors. Consider whether your kitchen receives natural light or relies heavily on artificial lighting.
Keep in mind the desired mood and atmosphere you want to create in your kitchen. Opt for warmer tones for a cozy ambiance or cooler tones for a more modern and sleek look.
These guidelines can help you select a countertop that complements your cabinets and achieves a visually appealing and coordinated design.
2. Decide on the Right Pairing
The next step in selecting your granite countertop after choosing your color palette is to decide if you want countertops that complement or contrast the color of your cabinets. Let’s break it down.
If you’re going with complementary pairings when matching granite countertops with cabinets, this means your granite color will be a similar shade to your cabinets. This doesn’t mean creating a monochrome kitchen but opting for light-colored granite with vein colors that match or complement your cabinet colors.
Maybe you want a black-and-white kitchen or maybe you’re choosing between dark gray and light gray slabs to complement your darker cabinets. You can also opt for white cabinets with white countertops that can create a seamless canvas for your kitchen design (plus, the countertops can have patterns and hints of color that aren’t as bland as just white). In contrast, white cabinets with tan granite can still offer that same complementary pairing while having a bit more variation.
Contrasting colors means that you select a dark cabinet with light granite or vice versa with a light cabinet and dark granite for a contrasting finish. Contrasting pairings are the more popular choice for new countertops and cabinets right now, offering a modern finish that instantly becomes the focal point of your kitchen.
For example, white cabinets with black granite countertops offer one of the sleekest contrasting pairing options and allow you to emphasize this contrast with the rest of your kitchen decorations. White is said to be the best cabinet color for darker granite, but there are many other light shades like tan, light blue, light green, or other light hues that can match your unique vision.
3. Choose the Right Granite Pattern
As you may already know, as your renovation gets underway, there are many granite countertop colors to choose from when it comes to granite and countertops. We like to categorize them into three main sections:
White and tan granite
Black and other dark granites
Using this framework, we can better guide the best matching selections, such as what granite countertops with white cabinets will work best or the best cabinet shades for deep, gray granite countertops.
To find the right granite and cabinet pairing for your kitchen and design tastes, we’re breaking down how to match granite countertops with cabinets based on color preferences below.
White and Tan Granite
What’s easier to match than white and tan? It’s not always as easy as it seems to find complementary colors!
Typically, white granite isn’t truly white, but more of an off-white or mix of colors that can make finding the right cabinets to match a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, if you love the contrasting look, a dark cabinet choice, like espresso or black, pairs perfectly with white granite. Additionally, look at the unique pattern in your slab. For instance, if you go with our Colonial White granite countertop and your island or backsplash, which features flecks of grey and black, you can incorporate black cabinets.
White cabinets with tan granite are a great choice if you prefer a more complementary color palette. A stone like our Typhoon Bordeaux will look great with white cabinets, which will bring out the lighter undertones in the pattern.
Brown granite offers timeless beauty and a range of options for your countertops and cabinets. With its medium-dark finish and earth-tone hue, brown granite complements various wood types, making it easy to find the perfect combination for your cabinets.
For natural wood cabinet finishes, like oak, hickory, or maple, medium-dark granite is the way to go. This natural wood is the best cabinet color for darker granite as it complements different hues, such as in a stone such as our Chocolate Bordeaux slab.
If you’re looking for a bold finish, a black countertop is the way to go. This choice doesn’t have to be solid black, but patterned black or a generally darker stone for that statement piece you’ve been wanting. At Granite Selection, we offer a wide array of dark stone options, from deep Black Antique to intricate Mari Blue or a pop of color with Brass Blue.
If you want a different color to provide a bit of contrast, a black countertop is the go-to color granite to go with white cabinets. The stunning contrast offers a clean and contemporary finish that you or prospective buyers will love.
When it comes to matching granite counters with your cabinets, seeking expert advice can be highly valuable. Here are a few reasons why consulting professionals in the field can help you make the right decision:
Knowledge and Experience: Experts in kitchen design and countertop installation have extensive knowledge and experience in working with various materials, including granite. They can provide valuable insights into which granite colors and patterns would complement your kitchen cabinet style and color scheme.
Design Harmony: Design professionals understand the importance of creating a harmonious look in your kitchen. They can guide you in selecting granite countertops that will enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your kitchen and create a cohesive and visually pleasing space.
Technical Considerations: Granite countertops require proper installation techniques and maintenance to ensure longevity and durability. Experts can advise you on the technical aspects of matching these two elements, such as edge profiles, seam placements, and proper sealing. The result will be both beautiful and functional.
Cost Efficiency: Experts can help you make informed decisions that align with your budget. They can recommend cost-effective options that still meet your design preferences, helping you achieve a stunning look without overspending.
Lean on the guidance from experts so you can gain valuable guidance and expertise during this process. As a result, you’ll have a beautiful and functional kitchen space that reflects your personal style.
5. Set a Budget
Setting a budget is a crucial step in any home improvement project, including kitchen renovations. You can use a granite calculator to help you accurately estimate the cost of your desired granite countertops. Make sure to carefully consider the factors that can affect the cost so you can make informed decisions and effectively manage your expenses. Several key factors come into play, influencing the overall budget.
Average Cost Range
Higher-quality granite may come with a higher price tag.
$50 – $200 per sq. ft.
The amount of granite needed depends on the countertop size.
$500 – $5,000
Different cabinet materials have varying price ranges.
$2,000 – $10,000
Larger cabinets may require more granite for a perfect match.
$1,000 – $5,000
Intricate designs or customizations may increase the cost.
$500 – $2,000
Professional installation costs should be considered.
$1,000 – $3,000
Additional features like edge profiles or backsplashes.
$500 – $2,000
Different suppliers may offer varying prices for the granite.
By understanding the factors that affect the budget, homeowners can plan their projects more effectively. Consider the quality and quantity of granite, cabinet material and size, design complexity, installation costs, and other extras, so you can set a realistic budget and make informed choices.
Remember that actual costs will vary based on individual preferences, local market conditions, and specific project requirements. Consulting with suppliers and contractors can provide insights into accurate pricing and help homeowners achieve their desired results within their budget.
6. Bring a Cabinet Door to the Showroom
Matching granite countertops with cabinets is easiest if you bring a cabinet door to the showroom. This takes the guesswork out of the selection process as we can hold the cabinet beside our stone slabs to see how they work together.
Match Your Kitchen Cabinets with Stunning Granite Countertops from Granite Selection!
Finding the perfect match between granite countertops and cabinets can elevate the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Consider factors such as color coordination, contrast, and style, so you can create a cohesive and visually appealing space.
Yes, mixing different colors or patterns of granite countertops with your cabinets can create a unique and appealing look. However, you’ll want to make sure that the colors and patterns complement each other to maintain cohesion.
While it’s possible to change granite countertops in the future, it can be complicated and expensive. These countertops are typically installed with adhesive, making removal challenging. Additionally, the removal process may cause damage to the cabinets or countertops. Make sure to carefully consider your options and consult with professionals before making any changes.
Some popular combinations of granite countertops and kitchen cabinet colors include pairing white cabinets with dark granite for a striking contrast, using light-colored granite with warm-toned cabinets for a cozy feel, and opting for neutral granite with any cabinet color for a versatile and timeless look.
Paul Batashev is the owner and CEO of Granite Selection. The company began in 2011 Pay Less for Granite and has been transforming homes since 2011 with its expertise as a kitchen countertop company and manufacturer of fine custom granite countertops.