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What Countertop Color Looks Best with White Cabinets?

By: Erin Greer on Nov 29, 2017

White colored cabinets have been one the most popular cabinet choices among homeowners for years, and the reason is simple—white is the ultimate versatile color. White colored cabinets can lend themselves to a wide variety of design styles, and when it comes to countertops, the pairing options are infinite.

White Kitchen Cabinets and Backsplash

But, while boundless style opportunities are exciting, they can also be overwhelming. Our designers are here to help narrow down your choices and give you a few expert tips as to which countertop colors looks best with white cabinets.

Decide on a Theme, Then Move on to Colors

Are you looking for something modern that focuses on simple design with contrasting pops of color, or do you have a more traditional style that incorporates timeless colors and woodwork detailing? If you haven’t picked out the style you’d like in your kitchen, try reading our blog, “Top 5 Kitchen Styles of All Time,” to help you decide on an overall theme. Once you’ve decided on the kitchen’s overall theme, it’s time to start thinking about your color palette—and more specifically, countertop colors. 

Find the right tone and contrast for your countertop

Believe it or not, white cabinets come in a white variety of shades. The best way to coordinate your new countertop with white cabinets is to break down your options into the following categories: by tone—either cool or warm, and by contrast—light or low. Depending on the tone of white in your cabinetry, as well as how much contrast your want your countertop and cabinets to have, the most flattering countertop colors should compliment the tone of white in your cabinetry.

Lighter & Neutral Countertops Complement White Cabinets

Lighter colored countertops can have either warm or cool shades. Yellows and creams make up warmer shades that offer a light overall color, like Cambria Quartz’s Urban Nevern. Featured below, Urban Nevern's warm neutral tones coordinate with the white cabinets, while gentle swirls of white tie it all together.
white kitchen cabinets with quartz countertop
Cambria’s Urban Nevern Quartz Countertop
Cambria Design Nevern

Other neutral color options fall within the beige color family, like Cambria’s Windermere, which is exquisitely paired with Antique White Cabinets in a Walnut Glaze below. Using a brown-toned glaze on white cabinet doors is a beautiful way to complement a beige colored countertop.

Antique White Cabinets with Windermere Countertops
Cambria’s Windermere Quartz Countertop
Cambria Windermere Quartz Surface

On the cooler side of the light-colored shades, we find whites and/or grays. Dupont's Solid Surface Corian offers a wide variety of beautiful colors for countertops, as well as backsplash. Rain Cloud is an especially popular color that incorporates cool gray tones, and goes great with white cabinets. Likewise, Corian's Everest option is a brighter, light-catching color which would benefit a darker kitchen that is thirsty for more light.

Corian Design Rain Cloud Corian in Everest

Advances in technology have elevated laminate countertops, and they are a worthy contender in your search. Wilsonart HD and Formica have upped their game in big ways over the years, and they have beautiful neutral colors to pair with your white cabinets. Formica's Carrara Bianco mimics Carrara marble, and Wilsonart HD's Luna Frost has a subtle sophistication that some may not expect from laminate. Despite any lingering stigmas of the past, the collections that these companies offer are high-quality, appealing, and definitely deserve mention.

Formica Carrara Bianco Wilsonart HD in Luna Frost

Download this free countertop comparison chart and compare the features of  solid surface, quartz, and granite at a glance.

Darker Countertop Colors Create Stylish Contrast

As for choosing a contrasting countertop color to pair with your white cabinets, many of the darker and bolder color options will work. This is a look that goes well with modern and contemporary kitchens, but can lend itself to any style. In the Cape Code style kitchen below, Cambria Quartz'z Hampshire makes a strong contrast against the Frosty White Cabinets, but the creamy swirls throughout tie right back into that cabinet color.

Cambria Hampshire Quartz Countertop
Cambria’s Hampshire Countertop
Cambria Hampshire

While not as durable as quartz, granite does offer a diverse collection of darker countertop colors, and some light ones, too. This kitchen pairs Blue Pearl granite countertops with white shaker style cabinets, for a striking, contemporary look.

White Kitchen with Blue Pearl Granite Countertops
Blue Pearl Granite Countertop
Granite in Blue Pearl

Anywhere from Cambria’s Laneshaw, that has swirls of warm browns and grays, to Corian's Graylite, which is a gray-toned design that brings a nice contrast to white cabinets. Warmer neutrals can be a contrast to white, as long as the neutral takes on a dark base color.

Cambria Design Laneshaw Corian in Graylite

In the cooler spectrum of dark countertops, blacks and grays reign supreme. Corian's new design, Cosmos Prima, hearkens to a primordial view of outer space. And, Formica's Basalt Slate has the look of, you guessed it, slate! Both are great examples of cooler-toned dark countertop colors that will pair well with white cabinets.

Corian Solid Surface in Cosmos Prima Formica in Basalt Slate

Don't Be Afraid to Break the Rules

If the options we've presented aren't quite scratching your itch to make a statement with your kitchen's design, there are plenty of striking colors out there for you to choose from. There's nothing wrong with a bold countertop! When styled right, it can serve as the focal point of your kitchen design, and if that is the look you desire—you should go for it. Here are just a few of the edgier and more vibrant countertop colors that are currently available.

Cambria in Skye Cambria Quartz Cardigan Red Corian Solid Surface in Cilantro Formica Countertop in Denim Twill

White Cabinets are Flexible, Be Not Overwhelmed

We get it, there are A LOT of countertop colors to choose from. Luckily for you, your choice of white cabinets means you really can't go wrong. They're so versatile, white cabinets will likely look great no matter which countertop color you decide on. Thinking about the overall color palette and design scheme of your kitchen will help you narrow down your choices, and bring you closer to finding the color that’s right for you. And, if you ever need more help, contact Kitchen Magic for a Free In-Home Consultation, and one of our representatives can help you pick the perfect countertop color for your white cabinets.



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