Matching your granite color to your cabinets is definitely a decision you don’t want to make a mistake on!
One of the most common questions that people shopping for new granite countertops will ask is “How do I match my granite countertops to my cabinets?”
That’s understandable because mismatching your granite color to the cabinet color will end up ruining the kitchen upgrade that you’re spending so much effort on. We want you to be completely satisfied with your new countertops and kitchen so that you can enjoy it for years to come.
We’ve put together this granite color selection guide to help you make the best decision for your home.
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How to get started
Where to get started depends on whether or not you already have your cabinets installed or the color chosen already. Most interior designers recommend that you pick your granite counters before the cabinets. This is because granite colors and patterns are not uniform from block to block. The granite color is sculpted by nature, not in a factory, so no two slabs will ever be identical.
You will have more options if you choose the granite countertop first. It will be easier to match the cabinet color to the counter.
If you have already chosen the cabinet color or you have the cabinets already installed, that’s okay! Your options will be a little more limited but you will still be able to find the perfect granite color and style to pair with your cabinets.
In this case, the best way to match your granite to the chosen or existing cabinets is to physically compare the two next to each other. When going to visit the granite showroom, bring along either a sample of the cabinet material or unscrew a door from your existing cabinets. This will help you get the best comparison and choose a granite slab that best complements or contrasts your cabinets.
Contrasting or complementary colors
When choosing a granite color, the first choice to make is whether you want your counters to contrast with or complement your cabinet colors.
Contrasting colors are usually the most popular option. This simply means that if you have dark colored cabinets, then you will choose a light color of granite for the countertops, and inversely, if you have light colored cabinets you will choose a dark color of granite for your counters.
Complimentary colors for your countertops means that you will choose a granite color that is similar in shade to your cabinets. You don’t want to create a monotone color scheme for your kitchen but since most light colored granite will still have other veins of color throughout, it will still look good.
When to choose white colored granite counters
White countertops work well with black, dark colored wood or cherry wood cabinets. They also work well in a small kitchen space by helping create a more open environment. White on white can create a sleek and modern looking kitchen. They have also been a popular choice in many styles of kitchen designs throughout the years. It is a versatile look that depending on the cabinets it is paired with look either classic or contemporary.
When dark colored granite looks best
Black and gray granite countertops will create a dramatic look that is well suited for contemporary style kitchens. Dark colored counters pair well with light colored wood or white cabinets. Dark granite counters with white cabinets have been a popular choice over the last decade. The dark surface creates an eye-catching look in a kitchen with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
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