Laminate countertops and simple cabinetry provide economical function and pleasing harmony.
Matching your kitchen cabinets and countertops isn't exclusively about color coordination. It also involves selecting cabinetry and countertops that work well with your lifestyle. For example, large families with children can benefit from cabinetry that provides ample storage space and heavy-duty, durable countertops that require little maintenance. Obtain cabinetry and countertop samples from a home store, and bring them home to see how they look with your existing appliances, color scheme and decorating style. Also, establish a budget you can live with, and stick to it.
Consider your family's lifestyle and needs when matching kitchen cabinetry and countertops. For example, base cabinets, drawers and tall floor cabinetry allow children to easily pull snacks and dishes from them without climbing on a stool or countertop. Wall cabinets provide substantial storage space without taking up valuable floor space. Match your countertops to kitchen cabinetry based on your lifestyle needs. Some countertops, such as granite, concrete and wood, require periodic maintenance of sealing or oiling, while stainless steel, laminate, engineered stone and quartz require little work. Marble, granite and wood can also stain easily from spills, while metal and engineered stone resist staining.
Match the decorating style of your cabinets and countertops with the existing decor throughout your home. A sleek stainless-steel countertop matched with dark espresso, Shaker-style cabinets enhances a modern, contemporary look. Granite countertops paired with dark brown cabinetry in a distressed finish with arched cabinet doors are ideal for a kitchen with an Old-World decorating style. Match white, Cape Cod cabinets with a ceramic tile countertop to complement simplistic cottage decor. Bamboo cabinets and recycled glass countertops are an environmentally-friendly choice, adding natural elements to your kitchen.
Kitchen cabinets are typically built from solid wood, bamboo, metal, glass or other man-made materials. You can paint or stain cabinetry any color you desire. Match countertops to your cabinets with stark contrasting colors, such as white cabinets and black countertops. Add a bold contemporary look with lime green cabinets and shiny stainless-steel countertops. Laminate countertops provide an almost limitless range of patterns and colors to match any cabinetry. Pair a granite countertop with veins or flecks of brown to coordinate with brown cabinetry. Wooden cabinets embellished with frosted glass doors can be accompanied by a marble countertop to inject textural interest.
The most budget-friendly kitchen cabinets are those that are prebuilt in a wide range of standard sizes, styles and finishes, referred to as stock cabinets. These are sometimes unfinished, allowing you to save more money by painting or staining them to your preference. Laminate and tile countertops match well with stock cabinets, offering economical countertops in assorted colors and patterns. Custom-designed cabinets are constructed and finished to fit your particular kitchen, but they come with a higher price tag. Upscale granite, marble, lavastone and glass pair nicely with custom kitchen cabinetry.
Mary Cockrill's education and certifications in interior design and home staging have allowed her to author numerous home-related articles. Cockrill has been a top design consultant for a renowned home store and is the owner of Starwood Home & Gifts, LLC, an interior design, decorating and home staging business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education with a comprehensive major in office administration.