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How to Match Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

After four decades of producing high-quality, custom-built cabinet doors, the team at knows a thing or two about stylish-looking kitchens. Something we’ve learned over time that many home owners and even many home designers overlook is the close relationship between kitchen cabinets and countertops. To put it simply, when the two elements work in harmony, it ties the entire space together and creates a foundation for the rest of the design. When they don’t work together, though, the space never feels right now matter how you design it. If you’re planning to install new kitchen cabinets, countertops, or both, don’t make any final selections until you explore how to match these two essential kitchen elements.


The Basics of Matching

Upgrading a room with matching kitchen cabinets and countertops doesn’t mean they have the exact same color, though that is a possibility. Rather, it means the two elements complement one another, either by adhering to the same color family or by drawing a stark contrast between the two. That means  your kitchen cabinets and countertops could both be different shades of white, or the kitchen cabinets could be white and the countertops black. You don’t need to use just neutral colors, either. With the right approach, it’s possible to match bright cabinets with bold countertops. There really are tons of combinations to choose from. However, you must choose carefully, with a keen sense of design, otherwise cabinets and countertops meant to match could clash with each other and with everything else in the room.


Picking Matching Colors

How do you pick colors that naturally match one another? Just use a color wheel that you can find online. A color wheel arranges the most prominent colors in the visual spectrum into a logical order. Complementary colors sit across from each other on the wheel, so blue is on one side of the circle and yellow is on the direct opposite side. Contrasting colors sit next to each other, so green, yellow, and orange are all together. The color wheel isn’t a perfect tool; you will still need to do some color research before making any final selection. That being said, colors wheels are very helpful for narrowing down the kinds of colors you want to consider for you cabinets and countertops.


Highlighting Design Elements

The term “matching colors” implies that both colors are equal, but designers often use the color of the cabinets to accentuate an element of the countertops or vice versa. For example, let’s say you have white marble countertops with a subtle blue veining throughout. Putting blue kitchen cabinets above and below those countertops helps highlight the blue in the marble, which in turn creates a contrast between the white. These elements don’t “match” in the conventional sense, but they do work better together and help you achieve your ultimate goal – creating a kitchen that looks stylish and cohesive everywhere.


Thinking Beyond Design

When thinking about how to match kitchen cabinets and countertops, don’t let design or aesthetics be the only thing that guides you. Your kitchen is the centerpiece of the home, not just because it looks great but also because that’s where you cook and congregate. Kitchens needs to be functional as well as alluring, which involves lots of decisions beyond just selecting colors. With the kitchen cabinets, for instance, you also need to think about the durability of the wood you use and the kinds of hinges that make the doors swing open and closed. In the end, these details are just as important as how the doors “look.” You’re welcome to obsess over your design as much as you like – just be sure to think about everything else too.


Sweat the Details

When trying to match kitchen cabinets and countertops, people tend to focus on color and materials. But those aren’t the only relevant details. Consider something like the kitchen cabinet door hardware. Every door needs a handle and every drawer needs a pull. With literally tens of thousands of options to choose from, you might pick something that matches the countertops or you might do just the opposite.   In another scenario, maybe you go to great lengths to match your kitchen cabinets and countertops but have them surrounding a new fridge that clashes with the space. It’s easier than you think to match cabinets and countertops. Unfortunately, it’s also really easy to throw the design off balance with just one misplaced detail. As with most home improvement projects, the more planning and preparation you put in upfront, the better the end result. – Making it Easy to Match Cabinets

If you want to make you current cabinets match your new or existing countertops, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars replacing the boxes and doors. Instead, spend a fraction of that to replace just the doors. Custom-built replacement cabinet doors make the whole cabinet look new even though most of it remains the same. Better still, they make it easy and economical to upgrade your space with matching kitchen cabinets and countertops. Take some time to explore our extensive selection, and please contact us if you have questions along the way.

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