How to Choose Colors for Kitchen Counters & Cabinets


Selecting the colors of your kitchen cabinets and countertops is a big decision, as it will determine the color scheme of your entire kitchen. The correct color combination is a highly subjective decision and depends on a large number of factors. When choosing colors, it is important to consider furniture, light, room size and personal preference. Taking the time to weigh your options will ensure that you choose a countertop and cabinet color scheme that matches your life and your home.

  • Set a realistic budget to determine your available options. Although stone countertops are superior to premanufactured countertops in both appearance and quality, they are also more expensive. Pre

    manufactured cabinets may be more affordable than cabinetry constructed of real wood.

  • Consider the size of the kitchen, as well as the amount of natural light that it receives. Dark colors tend to make a space feel smaller, while lighter shades will open up a smaller area.

  • Look at the existing colors and textures of the kitchen floors, walls, decorations and furniture. If you are not planning to renovate or purchase new decor, it is best to match the existing materials. If you are willing to paint or are planning to purchase new furniture, make your paint and furniture selections based on your new kitchen counters and cabinets.

  • Look at the existing colors and follow the rule of 60-30-10. This rule, which is used by interior decorators, states that a room should consist of 60 percent of the main color, 30 percent of the secondary color and 10 percent of an accent color.

  • Determine the material of the countertop that you would like to install. Stone countertops are available in fewer colors, although they offer unique patterns and accents not found in manufactured countertops. If you are installing a stone countertop, it is usually best to install a natural wood cabinet. Premanufactured countertops are available in many different shades and are easily matched to any cabinet and decor.

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