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Kitchen Design: Tips to Transform Your Kitchen

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Modern kitchen featuring white shaker cabinets and stylish black stools
Modern kitchen featuring white shaker cabinets, stylish granite countertops, and subway tile backsplash

5 Tips to Match Your Kitchen Cabinets to Your Countertops and Backsplash

Do you want your kitchen to be as eye-popping as possible? If you want your kitchen to sizzle, your wood cabinet doors, countertops, and backsplash should complement each other.

Whether you’re painting existing cabinets or doing a complete kitchen remodel, your choices can be overwhelming. Here are some tips that will help you find the perfect match.

1. Determine Your Kitchen Design Remodeling Budget

Before you start your kitchen design, you need to know what you’re willing to spend. It simplifies picking the wood type, color, and handles for your kitchen cabinet doors.

Keep in mind that custom cabinet doors or custom sizes of wood cabinets will increase the price of your remodeling project. There’s also a wide price range between different styles of cabinet doors, such as flat panel, raised panel, and Shaker doors. Solid wood cabinets cost more than ones made of other materials. 

If you’re on a tight budget, consider how you can change the look of your kitchen without spending too much. Installing replacement cabinet doors and matching drawer fronts, also known as cabinet refacing, will be cheaper than redoing your whole kitchen.

2. Pick a Countertop First

It’s wise to pick your countertop before you pick the backsplash. Kitchen counters get a lot of use in a house, so it’s essential to find a high-quality countertop that withstands everyday use.

There are fewer countertop options than backsplashes, so it’s easier to finish this part. Once you pick a material and shade that you like, you can begin finding a backsplash that complements your kitchen countertop.

3. Decide on Matching or Contrasting Colors

There are two ways to make your kitchen look amazing: matching or contrasting. 

Having an identical (or similar) backsplash, countertop, and cabinets is a simple approach. Matching works best with neutral colors, commonly seen in all-white kitchens. It gives everything a clean, consistent look.

Another approach is utilizing contrasting colors. Pick your countertop or backsplash as the primary color, then base everything else around that hue. For example, if you have a black granite countertop, consider a backsplash or cabinets with lighter, contrasting tones such as yellow, grey, pink, or white.

4. Flooring Is Important

The color of your kitchen floor is another consideration. It can be the primary color, matching the kitchen counters and kitchen cabinets. However, this look can be less than exciting. A white floor is not always appealing alongside white counters, cabinets, and backsplashes.

Alternatively, the floor can be a contrasting shade. Dark wood grain floors beautifully accent a lighter-colored countertop or wood cabinet door. Consider matching the floor with the hardware on your doors and drawer fronts.

5. Sample Everything

Choosing the right combination of countertop, backsplash, and cabinets is a big decision, one that you’ll be living with for many years to come. Once you make your final selection, there’s no turning back (not without a lot of work). If you aren’t totally in love with it, something is off with your color scheme.

Before you decide, bring home as many samples as possible. You can also visit showrooms and home improvement stores to see kitchen displays in person.

Are you overwhelmed with matching your wood cabinet doors to your countertops and backsplash? If so, call Ideal Home Improvement at 978-314-7882. We’ll walk you through our easy ordering process and match you up with the perfect kitchen in Lowell or Dracut, MA.


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