Granite or Cabinets: What Comes First With Kitchen Design?

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Arch City Granite
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When you’re envisioning your dream kitchen, what do you see? Most likely your vision of a picture-perfect kitchen includes two things: beautiful cabinets and countertops. This is an easy assumption, since both granite countertops and cabinets make a statement in any kitchen. When you combine high quality countertops and cabinets together, the result is a wow-factor kitchen that your guests will never forget.

One of the obstacles of designing a dream kitchen is deciding what you should choose first: your granite countertops or your kitchen cabinets. The truth is that the answer to this depends on your circumstances.  However, we can offer guidance to make your selection a little bit easier.

Generally, there are 3 scenarios that occur when homeowners are choosing granite countertops, kitchen cabinets, or all of the above.

Scenario #1: You Already Have Good Quality Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re a homeowner who is already happy with your kitchen cabinets, most likely you will only be changing out your countertops. Most times, homeowners in this situation have good quality kitchen cabinets, but their current countertops are of lower quality and leave much to be desired.

Homeowners in scenario #1 will need to make some decisions with their new granite countertops. First, you’ll need to decide if you want your granite countertops to compliment or contrast one another. Complimentary granite countertops and kitchen cabinets are similar in color to one another. (See also: How to match granite countertops with kitchen cabinets)

For example, if you have white kitchen cabinets, you can also choose white granite countertops to compliment your cabinets. The same concept applies for black on black, or even gray on gray. Complementary colors can give your kitchen a very soothing and modern feel.

However, you might decide that you want to choose contrasting colors for visual interest. You can achieve this by combining marble countertops and kitchen cabinets of opposite colors, such as classic black and white.

You can also tie in contrasting colors by using underlying tones within your granite countertops. This will make subtle colors and patterns in your granite look more prominent, and cohesively add pizzazz to your kitchen.

Scenario #2: You’re Replacing Both Cabinets And Countertops

The next typical scenario is when homeowners are replacing both cabinets and countertops. If this is the case, you’ll have more flexibility in terms of the color of your granite countertops and matching them with your cabinets.

The next step is to consider the most appealing aspect of redesigning your kitchen—the cabinets or the countertops. If you have a specific color cabinet in mind that you can’t go without in your kitchen, select your top cabinet choice first and then choose granite countertops that coordinate.

On the other wise of the coin, you might have a favorite granite color that makes your heart skip a beat. If you’re in love with a specific color, choose your granite countertops first, and then select your coordinating kitchen cabinets.

Keep in mind that the same color selection process applies as in scenario #1. You can select granite countertops that compliment or contrast your kitchen cabinets. With a seemingly endless amount of colors to choose from, you’re bound to find the granite that you can’t live without.

Scenario #3: You’re Building a Custom Home

A custom home means that your kitchen is entirely a blank state. This is a great opportunity to build your dream kitchen exactly as you want from the ground up, and the perfect place to start is with granite countertops and beautiful cabinetry.

It’s entirely up to you if you choose your cabinets or granite first, but be sure that you have a very good idea of how the two work together before installing. If possible, compare the two side-by-side in person at a showroom. This will give you the most realistic vision possible of your new custom kitchen, and ensure that you’re getting the exact effect that you’re looking for.

Can’t Decide on The Color of Your Granite Countertops? Arch City Granite Can Help

If you’re stuck on the granite color that’s right for you, stop by Arch City Granite’s showroom. Our granite countertop experts can perfectly match your granite to your cabinets, and vice versa. Contact us today for more information at 314-426-3100 or 636-329-8400.

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