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  • Antoinette Prinsloo

What Countertop Colour Looks Best with White Cupboards?

There's reason white cabinets are incredibly popular in kitchens around the world. From traditional to contemporary, rustic farmhouse, shaker, or sleek and streamlined transitional looks, a kitchen anchored with versatile white cabinetry brings a crisp, fresh appeal to a range of design styles. One of the ways you can help your white cabinets look their best is by pairing them with a fantastic countertop colour.

Deciding on warm or cool tones in your colour palette is an essential first step. This will make it easier to select a countertop colour and thoughtfully complement or contrast your design. A mix of countertops is also a sought-after design option to consider. Do you want a sleek, modern design with a stark contrast between white and black? Would you prefer a completely white kitchen that feels clean and sharp? Or maybe you want a combination of warmth and brightness, choosing a countertop with some warm hues.

Grey Countertops

Grey countertops look stylish when combined with white cabinets and are often used in modern and contemporary kitchen designs. Light grey is a versatile countertop colour that is easy to match with paint, flooring, and appliances. You can also get this colour in a variety of materials – granite, marble, quartz, or laminate. Grey gives depth to the kitchen without being flashy.

Beige or brown Countertops

Many of the most popular countertop materials contain elements of brown, tan, or beige – granite, quartz, or laminate. Most often, these brown tones are joined with hints of other colours such as green, blue or grey. This is an excellent way to add more variety and warmth to a kitchen with white cabinets.

White Countertops

Adding white countertops to your white cabinets will make your kitchen look pristine and shiny. White countertops reflect light and can make the kitchen feel lighter. They are also easy to match with flooring, backsplashes, paint, and other accessories. Essentially, your options are endless with white countertops. There are a couple of negative aspects of white countertops. First of all, keep in mind that white countertops stain and show dirt more easily than others. No matter what material it's made out of. The second issue with white countertops is that too much white in one room can make everything bleed together. This can make the room feel plain or boring. If you go with white countertops, make sure to add colour in some other way.

Black Countertops

The classiness of the black countertops in this kitchen makes the whole room feel modern. Adding a bold, dark contrast to white cabinets gives an edgy look. The contrast of the dark and light are perfect for a contemporary or modern kitchen, but also works for a number of other styles. Keep in mind that black is another non-colour and you might find the kitchen too drastic for your liking.

Remember, equally important is the overall look and feel that you want to achieve, as well as the functional preferences of your household, i.e., countertop maintenance, eco-friendly materials, seamless finishes, textural elements, heat and scratch-resistance, etc. The budgets play a significant role in the type of countertop you choose too.


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