Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops: 6 Combinations That Look Great Together

The kitchen is often considered the heart of a home, functioning as the space where we prepare our meals, gather with loved ones, and create memories. As such, designing an aesthetically pleasing kitchen is essential – but with so many components and varying materials, this is easier said than done.

One critical aspect of kitchen design is selecting the right pairing of kitchen cabinets and countertops. Whether you opt for a unique color combination or diverse materials, it’s important for these two elements to complement each other while also meeting the practical needs of the kitchen. 

The right cabinet and countertop color combinations can not only add value to your home, but their harmony can enhance the overall style and function of the entire space. To make your decision a little bit easier, let’s explore 3 timeless countertop and cabinet color combinations that will provide you with a cohesive and stylish end result.

A white kitchen with light wood flooring featuring gray granite countertops.
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White on white: a classic and clean ensemble

There is truly nothing more timeless than pairing white on white in the kitchen. While this may appear bland to some, white cabinets and white countertops actually creates a perfect backdrop for adding creative accents throughout the rest of the space – like shiny chrome hardware, floral decor, or bronze pots and pans on display.

Selecting white cabinets like these Weston White Shaker Cabinets will give you the freedom to incorporate virtually any design style you like. When paired with a white countertop like speckled white marble or a clean white granite, your kitchen will instantly have greater balance and color coordination that won’t grow outdated over time. No matter if you’re going for a Minimalist design or a Mid-Century Modern kitchen, white on white can be dressed up or made casual depending on your taste.

Light wood, flat front cabinets with black waterfall countertop on the island.
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Wood & black: a rustic-chic pairing

If your kitchen has a lot of natural light streaming in and you’re looking for more of a country or rustic look, then the combination of wood cabinetry and black countertops can’t be beat. In general, wood kitchen cabinets are now seen as a wholly traditional choice, but that doesn’t mean they can’t fit with a style that’s both rustic and chic.

Since the rustic style is all about organic elements, these Rustic Shaker Cabinets with their solid wood face and frame are perfect for a space centered around nature. Once installed, opting for black countertops made from a unique material like quartz, stone, or even concrete will play into that elemental feel you’re looking to achieve. With additional design elements like open shelving or an apron sink, the combination of wood and black will set the stage for an array of quintessentially rustic attributes.

Blue Shaker cabinets with ornate tile backsplash and glass front upper cabinets.

Two-tone cabinets: changing things up

Combining two different cabinet colors, such as upper cabinets in one shade and lower cabinets in another, adds visual interest. Pairing this with contrasting countertops, like light cabinets with dark countertops or vice versa, accentuates the two-tone effect.

If finding a contrasting countertop to suit both cabinet colors becomes an issue, you really can’t go wrong with marble. Other good choices include countertops with little grain and vein so they don’t distract from the cabinets, but instead pull them together.

Look for similarities between the undertones of the two cabinets and use that to determine your countertop color. The best way to do this is to have samples of both cabinets and the countertop. It is critical to see how they look together to find a countertop that will harmonize the design.

Dark Shaker cabinets with white countertop and window above kitchen sink.

Brown & white: high-contrast style

There’s nothing more timeless than high-contrast color scheme. High-contrast combinations create a visually striking and dynamic look. The sharp contrast between cabinets and countertops can draw attention and make a strong design statement. This can be especially appealing in modern and contemporary interior designs.

High-contrast combinations can work well in various design styles, from traditional to minimalist. This versatility allows you to experiment with different looks while still maintaining a polished and well-coordinated design.

While black and white is the go-to in this category, you can also pull it off with any colors that provide that stark contrast. Dark brown and white is a warmer version of black and white that provides the same visual impact.

Choose deep brown cabinets like Weston Espresso Shaker cabinets and white or cream countertop. Selecting a countertop that has little to no grain or veining only serves to emphasize the color contrast.

The Soucys' new kitchen featuring the RTA Cabinet Store’s Weston Sand Shaker Cabinets in grey.

Greige & the wild card: ultimate versatility

Greige is a blend of gray and beige, and the champ at adapting to just about any color scheme you can come up with. They are two of the most neutral colors, and together they welcome colors from all over the color wheel. White or black are popular choices for a neutral kitchen, but you have many other choices as well.

Greige cabinets like Weston Sand Shaker, do very well with countertops that feature heavy graining or veining that has multiple colors. They look great with marble, especially warmer-toned marble like Calacatta Gold marble that has strands of golden brown throughout. Griege cabinets do equally as well with colors on the countertop, like quartz, labradorite, malachite, or rose quartz.

Deep blue cabinets with white marble countertops.
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Blue & white: the ultimate contemporary contrast

Finally, for those that are looking to go bold, pairing blue kitchen cabinets with white countertops is an excellent choice that’s both fun and contemporary. You may be thinking: how is blue a timeless color? But the reality is, blue cabinets are becoming an increasingly popular choice for contemporary homes, offering just the right amount of uniqueness while still maintaining classic appeal.

The color blue is known for its calming and soothing effect, making these Florence Midnight Blue Cabinets ideal for homeowners looking to create tranquility in their kitchen. When paired with simple white countertops made from porcelain, laminate, or granite, your kitchen will embody a beautiful, nautical-feeling contrast. A popular backsplash that will work well with this combination is the white subway tile, which many agree is playful yet sophisticated.

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