The design of your kitchen interior is centered around a number of focal points: the cabinets, the countertops, and the floor and wall finishes. These work together to create the overarching theme of the kitchen and set the tone for the aesthetic of the space.
An ever-favorite choice for the color of kitchen cabinets is white and its numerous variations. A neutral color like white helps to make a space appear brighter, and it adds a touch of class and sophistication, laying the foundation for a color and material palette to be developed around it.
With a range of options available to us for using as countertops, from marble to granite to solid wood, etc, it can be a challenge to decide upon the best possible option. Granite is a popular choice, due to its durable nature, and the wide selection of colors and patterns it is available in.
Discussed here, are 7 colors of granite countertops to be paired with your white kitchen cabinets. The use of a specific color alters the appearance of your kitchen interior in subtle but distinct ways.
Armed with the knowledge of what each color accomplishes and what it can add to a space, you will be able to better envision your ideal space and make material selections accordingly.
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For a high contrast, pair your white kitchen cabinets with a black granite countertop. Among the types of granite available for use, black granite is the most hardy and durable of them all.
There is no danger of discoloration or damage, as with lighter color variations.
In terms of visual effects, a black slab of granite serves to define a horizontal plane across the space. The sharp contrast between the two finishes allows the countertop to stand out in the space of the kitchen and pull visual focus towards itself.
I recommend using a patterned tile for your backsplash, to soften the overall effect. In keeping with the monochrome color scheme, you can opt for a pattern in shades of gray.
The overall effect is a classic combination of black and white, lending a touch of modern sophistication to your kitchen interior.
Gray granite comes in the form of a granite slab in a speckled finish of lighter and darker shades of gray. In comparison to black granite, it presents a much more muted appearance, reducing the contrast between the colors of the cabinets and counters.
By incorporating a gray slab, you can maintain the distinct dimensions of the various surfaces in the kitchen, while also lending a softness to the space, whereby the transition across surfaces is smooth and easy on the eyes.
To complement the overall color scheme of the kitchen, I recommend incorporating chrome finishes for your appliances and fittings.
This kind of color and material palette is reminiscent of professional culinary environments, where the emphasis is on tidy workspaces. I would recommend it as the ideal situation for an aspiring chef or culinary enthusiast.
A green granite countertop set against plain white kitchen cabinets introduces a splash of color into the color scheme of the kitchen interior.
The dappled shades of green running across the surface of the countertops act as a distinctly eye-catching element.
A deviation from the usual monochrome shades of granite, a green finish becomes a focal element in a kitchen interior, and the remaining décor can be selected to complement it.
For instance, the bronze finishes for the lighting fixtures and kitchen fittings in the sample image complement the muted greens of the countertop.
I recommend incorporating targeted lighting fixtures to highlight certain areas, like a kitchen island or breakfast counter. This will help to bring the countertop into focus, highlighting its space in the visual hierarchy of the kitchen.
A coral-colored granite surface has an appearance that resembles speckled terrazzo. Paired with white cabinets, it adds a soft burst of color to an otherwise sterile kitchen interior.
To build upon the warmth of the coral shades, incorporate a wooden floor for your kitchen. A wooden texture for your floor surface lends a rustic, organic appearance, in contrast to the sterile modernity of the white kitchen cabinets. The interplay of cool and warm undertones across surfaces creates a balanced interior.
I recommend incorporating complementary décor like fruit baskets and floral arrangements, to add to a cozy and welcoming appearance, inviting people in to share a meal together.
Unlike marble, a pure white slab of granite is difficult to find. Instead, you will find granite in a white base with veins of gray running through it at intervals.
Pairing white with white can be tricky, as even slight variations in tone can result in an off-putting appearance.
A solution to this issue is to source samples of the materials you intend to use. Then you can pair them together to see which combination works best for your kitchen interior.
An all-white space, such as the one in the sample image, helps to create a sense of brightness and openness. The visual effect is that of an expansive space, airy and roomy.
I recommend this combination for smaller spaces especially. A monotone appearance will refrain from defining a visual hierarchy, thus allowing the inhabitants eye to roam across the space, unencumbered.
Ordinarily, it can seem counterintuitive to pair a beige countertop with a set of white cabinets for a kitchen interior. Both neutrals, one with a cooler undertone, the other with a warmer one, it is hard to picture them working well together.
An easy way to resolve this concern is by introducing a secondary color to bridge the gap between the two. In the sample image, a sage green backsplash tile acts as a bridge, tying the white of the cabinets and the beige of the countertops into a cohesive whole.
Additionally, a pale wooden finish extends the presence of beige to other surfaces. I recommend creating a closed window for this influx of color and texture. In the sample image, the island of sage green is flanked on both sides by white cabinets, limiting its presence and emphasizing it at the same time.
A pink granite slab will come in either of two forms: a paler version of the coral granite, or a white base with splashes of pink across it. Either one will pair very well with a set of white kitchen cabinets.
The soft touch of color added to a space by a pink granite countertop brings some much-needed warmth to an interior that would otherwise appear cold and impersonal.
To create a classy look, incorporate touches of charcoal gray into your interior. For instance, in the sample image, the wall finishes are done in a gray tone.
They are diminutive while still being a distinctive presence in the room. Additionally, a lone gray cabinet among a sea of white creates a focal point, defining a functional zone in the space of the kitchen.
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