How To Choose Coordinating Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

There’s a lot to think about when embarking on a kitchen remodel: style, functionality, and resale value are just a few. So how do you navigate the myriad of decisions you must make? A simple technique is to pick one feature that will be the anchor of the space and build the other features around it. Here are a few tips to consider.

Countertops as the Anchor

Countertops are the workhorse of the kitchen, so you want to ensure you find a durable style. You’ll be looking at them every day, so finding a style that’s visually pleasing is also important. Find a countertop surface that you like, such as quartz, granite or solid surface; then find a cabinet color that will coordinate with the countertops. Natural stone surfaces such as granite have varied colors within them, which will give you a focused palette to use for the cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinets as the Anchor

Is there a particular wood grain or cabinet color that you are drawn to? If you know whether you want your cabinets to be dark, medium or light, you can find a countertop that will go with it more easily. Consider which feature you would like to be the focus. For instance, if you want the bright color or wood grain of the cabinets to be the star, then choose a simple countertop without a strong pattern.

Backsplash as the Anchor

Another simple way to anchor kitchen decor is to use the backsplash as the focus. As the space is usually small, this is an area where you can have some fun with pattern and texture without overwhelming the room. If you choose the backsplash first, it’s easy to make other design choices around its color or pattern. Again, consider using simple countertop and cabinet styles if the backsplash is more intricate or colorful.

Remodeling a kitchen is a dream come true, so have some fun with it. Now that you’ve learned the anchor technique, you can enjoy the process without feeling overwhelmed and create a kitchen you’ll enjoy for years to come.