Do Your Cabinets and Countertops Need to Match?

The Trouble with Trends

When remodeling a home, it’s easy to get caught up in all the latest home design trends sweeping across social media. While the funky patterned countertops your favorite lifestyle blogger just posted online may be exactly what you want now, that may not be the case in a year or two. It’s important to remember that your cabinets are an investment and you will likely have them for year to come. When selecting your cabinets and countertops, try to find something that can adapt to different styles and change with the time, so your kitchen won’t be rendered outdated in the next couple of years.

Where Do You Start?

The great thing about cabinets is that they can often be painted or stained to better match the look and feel of your kitchen. Picking your countertop first allows you to choose the option you love and then you can easily find cabinets that match or that you can remodel to match. One way to go about picking a countertop is to find something that matches your kitchen floor. Then, pick cabinets in a contrasting color to separate the counters and floor.

What Actually Matches?

A good rule of thumb is to use a color wheel to figure out what colors complement each other. If you’d like something a little more unique, you can choose an accent color to add a pop to the room. There are a lot of ways to match your cabinets to your countertops. If you have a “busy” countertop, choose a simpler cabinet design. You can also contrast light cabinets with dark countertops and vice versa.

Before you finalize your decision, you should also consider your lifestyle. If you have a busy household where spills and stains are common, a lighter color scheme may not be the best choice. A darker scheme will help hide stains and keep your kitchen looking newer and cleaner for longer.