White Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops: A Style Guide

wilsonart-slider-1Popular white kitchen cabinets gleam with pizzazz, do you agree? If you are considering white to reface your existing kitchen cabinets, or for new cabinetry altogether, you are not alone in your color choice. From HGTV to Pinterest, editorial style guides feature white cabinetry that appeals to many individual preferences and tastes.

From traditional to contemporary, rustic farmhouse, shaker, or sleek and streamlined transitional looks, a kitchen anchored with versatile white cabinetry brings a crisp, fresh appeal to a range of design styles. Additionally, white enlarges the appearance of a space and helps reflect available light — all a plus in prep areas. Plus, aging eyes will appreciate the extra boost of brightness, especially in a kitchen workspace.

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Maintenance-free laminate Prestige Kershaw refaced cabinet doors in Satin White, and exterior Cambria® quartz countertops in Swanbridge, are expertly paired with a Cambria quartz island in Parys Blue. The matte Desert Gray subway tile backsplash also adds a subtle textural interest.

Countertop Choices for White Kitchen Cabinetry

Deciding on warm or cool tones in your color palette is an essential first step. However, equally important is the overall look and feel that you want to achieve, as well as the functional preferences of your household, i.e., countertop maintenance, eco-friendly materials, seamless finishes, textural elements, heat and scratch-resistance, etc.

Not surprisingly, budgets play a significant role in the type of countertop a homeowner chooses too. Granite, quartz and laminate are all excellent countertop choices. But, here is a simple style overview of how to choose the best countertop for your white kitchen cabinets:

  1. Decide on an overall design theme and choose a cabinet door style and color — whether refacing, getting new cabinetry or going custom.
  2. Select your color palette, and decide on warm or cool tones. This will make it easier to select a countertop color and thoughtfully complement or contrast your design.
  3. Then finalize budget options, and choose a countertop material based on the performance that best suits your personal use and needs. A mix of countertops is also a sought after design option to consider.
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Popular Countertop Options to Pair with White Cabinets

Steel grey granite with white counter

 PHOTO CREDITAndy Ryan Photographer, 2019

New Prestige Statesman lower cabinetry in Satin White is contrasted with the stately grey-black of a Steel Grey granite countertop. The natural stone’s organic characteristics offer a glistening, fanciful pattern, and random veining to create a sophisticated yet traditional feel.

Wilsonart HD laminate like-wood finish with white cabinets

Wilsonart® HD laminate is an innovative and affordable countertop option noted for its strength and textural interest. Shown here, the high-definition laminate countertop mimics finished wood. Other available finishes include stone, fabric, and more. 

Hanstone quartz counter with white cabinets

Eclectic accents contrast the simple and elegant style of this Hanstone® Quartz countertop. More durable than natural stone, Hanstone quartz countertops offer high durability, no maintenance, and an ultra-hygienic surface with germ and bacterial resistance.

Corian quartz dark and light kitchen countertops

Corian® quartz countertops, not to be confused with Corian Solid Surface, is made up of 93% pure quartz — one of the strongest and most durable natural materials. Shown here, Corian quartz is beautifully paired with traditional raised panel white cabinets. The use of contrasting dark and light quartz countertops offers the ultimate in function and design interest.

Natural color quartz countertop with white cabinets

Simplicity can often be the best design inspiration. Here, a Cambria® quartz countertop in warmer, natural tones blends perfectly with white cabinetry and stainless steel fixtures and appliances.

Granite Countertop with White Cabinets

Refaced Satin White shaker style kitchen cabinets enabled this homeowner’s budget to afford granite countertops! This fresh, contemporary kitchen remodel features Luna Pearl granite countertops, stainless steel accents, and a grey marble backsplash.

At Kitchen Magic, our design consultants are ready to assist homeowners, like you, with every step of the kitchen design process — from cabinetry to countertops, backsplashes, tiles, flooring, hardware and a myriad of kitchen accents. And, our experts agree that the sky’s the limit when choosing just the right countertop to complement white kitchen cabinets. Why not see what Kitchen Magic can do for you? Schedule your free in-home consultation today!

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