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Making Countertops and Cabinets Complementary

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel in your home, cabinets and countertops will be two of your primary areas to think about. And while it might be tempting to think of these as distinctly separate elements of the kitchen, and they do have varying purposes, we recommend approaching this choice from a different standpoint – namely, how will these two primary areas complement each other?

At Accent Interiors, we have a wide range of custom cabinets and countertops for your selection. But beyond just helping you with details like estimates and delivery, we’re also here to lend valuable designer insights to those looking for the perfect kitchen remodel. In general, we recommend choosing countertops first, then looking for cabinets that complement and match those countertops second. Here are a couple important basics on how you should approach this process.

Color Palette and Charts

The best way to start here is deciding on a general color palette – as we noted just above, this usually will primarily come in the form of the countertop first and foremost. When we say palette, we mean determining two colors that complement in each other in some way. There are numerous simple color charts available to you to help show you which colors go well with each other, whether online or at an in-person store.

Generally, you want to choose two dominant colors and one accent color to help bring them together. As an example, white cabinets do very well when paired with darker countertops – but this whole look is truly touched off by a light vein accent that brings the entire concept together. At the same time, there are a number of great options for two-color complementary schemes if you aren’t able to consider three. Some of these will be in our next section, with a few broad examples of color schemes some homeowners go for.


Here are a few very basic examples of countertop and cabinet design themes some people favor:

  • Light and dark: The most common form of color complementing comes when we combine one strong darker tone with one lighter tone that works well with it. Probably the most popular kitchen format here is dark cabinetry mixed with light countertops – grey or other neutral vein colors can go a long way to complementing this. This look is particularly popular for kitchens with natural light, which will be enhanced by the lighter countertop space.
  • White and more white: For more modern and minimalist designs, white countertops and cabinets are an option – provided you have the right accents and shades. Look for a slightly darker shade of white for the countertop, for instance, and make sure they add some detail so things aren’t too plain.
  • Dark on dark: There are plenty of multi-dark options here, from dark quartz countertops with black cabinets to a variety of other choices. Once again, the important theme here is that the colors complement and contrast each other in a visually pleasing way.

For more on using kitchen cabinets and countertops together, or to learn about any of our custom kitchen remodel services, speak to the pros at Accent Interiors today.