Matching the floor, countertops, and cabinets in your kitchen may seem like a daunting task at first. However, it can be done when you use the right countertop surfaces that compliment your cabinets as well as your floors. The key is to choose the right countertop material that has the texture along with the color that brings out the best in your cabinets.
If you are planning a total remodeling of your kitchen, it is actually best to start with the countertops. This provides the platform to then choose the right cabinets for the room. However, if you only plan to change the countertops to better match the cabinets you have, there are plenty of materials available.
Granite countertops have become quite popular in recent years thanks to their density which makes them nearly impervious to heat, scratches, or chips. Whether you choose a granite slab or a prefabricated version, you can count on this material being quite solid and beautiful.
What makes granite the countertop material of choice for so many people is the many different colors that are available. You can choose a color that compliments your cabinets, providing a natural stone appearance that works perfectly in your kitchen. The key to matching the cabinets is choosing a lighter or darker tone with a similar coloring. This will not only provide a good match it will highlight the beauty of both the countertop surfaces and cabinets to create a stunning look.
There are two downsides to granite, it is expensive and quite heavy. So heavy is granite that reinforcement is probably needed to hold up the countertops. If you have the budget, then granite is a great choice.
If you cannot afford granite, then quartz is a solid alternative. Like granite, this is a hard stone-like material that comes in many different natural colors. This makes quartz quite versatile, so you can choose the color combination that best compliments your cabinets.
In fact, the main attribute of quartz is the sheer number of colors that are available. From bright white to dark black and most colors in-between, you can find the combination that matches your cabinets to really bring them out. Again, like granite you should think of a lighter or darker tone that helps offset the countertops from the cabinets to highlight both.
While quartz is quite dense and more stain-resistant than granite, it is not quite as durable nor heat-resistant. So, you are getting a less-expensive material that will need a little extra maintenance to maintain.
There are many different materials used to create countertops apart from granite and quartz. Some of the more popular are butcher block, marble, and stainless steel. If you are going for an all-metal look, then stainless steel is a great countertop material because it resists oxidation, is easy to clean, and will shine for a long time. However, it’s also prone to scratching, so you will need to be careful.
Choosing the right countertop surfaces will help bring out your cabinets. Be sure to consider all the choices before making you final selection.
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