Although interior design trends are beginning to move away from all-gray kitchen cabinets, the color remains a popular choice for homeowners who prefer something other than white, but still want to enjoy a neutral color palette. The key to selecting a countertop that complements your gray cabinets is creating contrast, and our experts are here to show you how.
Countertop Colors that Complement Gray Cabinets
"Lighter colors tend to work best with gray cabinets, but overall we're seeing more blues, greens and earth tones in interior design" according to James T. Norman, Director of Business Development and Product Innovation at Kitchen Magic. For this reason, we love the beautiful variations and color veins in stone countertops, such as granite or quartz, because they offer a neutral background while still giving homeowners the opportunity to highlight the color(s) of their choice.
White countertops pop
Countertops that have a stark white or off-white background work well with just about any kitchen cabinet color. Plus, white tends to make spaces appear larger than they really are, so white countertops work especially well in smaller kitchens. However, before considering a white countertop, we do recommend selecting a material that works for your lifestyle. For example, if you have young children, the durability of quartz may be a better option over something like solid surface.
Go gray for a monochromatic look
If you enjoy tone-on-tone designs, pairing gray countertops with gray cabinets can give your kitchen a cohesive and very adaptable style. The simplicity of a monochromatic look (having or consisting of one color or hue) allows other colorful accents to shine including appliances, decor items, wall paint, etc. The trick to successfully achieving this look is selecting a single color—we recommend your kitchen cabinet door color—and working with one or two shades lighter or darker. In this kitchen, the darker tones in the Corian® solid-surface countertop complement the Suede Grey cabinets nicely.
Cozy cream and beige
Cream and beige help make your kitchen feel a bit warmer and cozier, compared to the cooler shades of white and gray. So when you are designing with these colors, it's important to find a countertop that blend these warmer tones with the gray found in your cabinets. In this kitchen, the natural cream and beige hues work with the gray flecks in the countertop to pull together the Suede Grey cabinets, as well as the beautiful mosaic backsplash.
If you prefer the richness of darker countertops, earthy browns pair nicely with grays that have a warmer undertone. Look for countertops with a mix of both gray and brown hues, but don't be afraid to play with other color combinations. For instance, the kitchen below pairs gray cabinets with a granite countertop featuring black and pink tones.
Use black purposefully
Black often makes a bold statement, and you don't have to use a lot of it to do it. In fact, using too much of any dark color in your kitchen can make the space feel smaller. However, like white, black creates the ultimate contrast. It can elevate your overall design style. When incorporating black, we suggest keeping it simple. In this kitchen, the granite countertop features both white and black, offering a lovely transition between the upper and lower gray cabinets.
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