How to Pair Countertop Colors with Dark Cabinets

Apr 30, 2014 | by Sara

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, the first color choice is usually the cabinets—your cabinet doors do take up about 80% of the visible space in your kitchen. And once you’ve chosen the color for your cabinets, the next choice is picking the right countertop to pair with those cabinets. There are thousands of countertop color choices, and even more possible cabinet combinations, so choosing the countertop color to pair with your cabinets can be even more difficult than choosing the cabinet color.

Dark Kitchen Cabinets

That’s where we come in! We’ve already given you helpful advice on what countertop color looks best with white cabinets, and what countertop color looks best with cherry cabinets, so we’re here to continue the series with how to pair countertop colors with dark cabinets.

Go for the Gold

Dark Cabinets with Gold Countertops

Countertop colors with neutral base shades and golden variants look stunning when paired with darker colored cabinets. Golden shades look especially beautiful with espresso colored cabinets, rather than the darker cherry cabinets, like shades of Mahogany. Let the metallic colors truly shine by choosing a simple edge style for the countertops and plain styles for the cabinets with simple hardware. For instance, this kitchen features Hard Maple cabinets in Espresso with a Classic Raised Panel style and a Granite countertop in one of our most popular colors, New Venecian Gold.

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Shades of Gray

Maple Cabinets with Gray Countertop

Gray is a popular color choice for both cabinets and countertops because it’s a classic cool shade that pairs well with a wide variety of color palates. While white and gray has been the premier color pairing this year, lighter grays also look beautiful when paired with dark cabinets. To pull off this pairing, think classic kitchen styles for a blended look, like the maple cabinets in this kitchen paired with a gray Corian countertop.

Contrasting Colors

Walnut Cabinets with Light Countertop

You can’t go wrong when you pair your dark cabinets with lighter colored countertops. Whether your personal kitchen style is traditional or contemporary, contrasting your cabinets and countertops will match well with both kitchen design schemes. This kitchen features Hi Definition Walnut cabinets with Vintage Raised Panel style and Zodiaq Quartz countertop in Coriander.

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Topics: Countertops Kitchen Design Cabinets