Monday, July 14, 2014

What Goes With Granite Counters?

by Laura Gaskill

Coordinate your kitchen finishes beautifully by choosing

colors that complement granite’s natural tones

They are classy and hard wearing and come in a range of shades — is it any wonder granite counters are still so popular? Whether you are planning a new kitchen or want a fresh look that works with your existing granite counters, here are eight ideas to get you started.

1. Whitewashed wood and watery blue. Granite counters with cool, gray tones work well with beach-inspired hues like silvery blue, whitewashed wood and white sand. Try stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, blue-gray glass tiles and whitewashed woodwork.

2. Duck-egg green and warm gray. Because granite is a natural stone, it makes sense that it would work well with other hues from the natural world. Try it with other rock and mineral colors, like duck-egg green and warm stone gray.

In this kitchen the island cabinets are painted duck-egg green, while the rest of the cabinets are left crisp white. The warm gray wall color picks up the gray of the granite, and ties in with the stainless steel sink and appliances.

Counters: Persia Pearl Granite
3. Taupe and cappuccino. Granite counters with a warm tone look beautiful surrounded by other rich, warm hues like taupe and cappuccino. Making some of the cabinetry white keeps the space from feeling too dark and heavy.

Walls: Tony Taupe, Sherwin-Williams

4. Crisp white paint and gray glass tile. For a fresh, modern look, try accenting gray granite counters with all-white cabinets, ceilings and walls. The flooring shown here is a light gray tile; dark wood would add a welcome touch of warmth to a cool gray scheme like this.

5. ‘Greige’ and white. Honed black granite counters like the ones shown here look sleek and stunning when paired with white cabinetry, wood floors and warm greige walls.

Cabinet paint: Pure White satin, Sherwin-Williams

6. Black, gray and white. Another option for black granite counters is to go a bit darker with graphite or charcoal walls and pure white cabinets. A chalkboard wall would also work well in a kitchen like this.

Island counter: Absolute Black honed granite

7. Warm white. Alaska White granite counters look a bit like marble — enhance the richness by painting cabinets and walls the same warm off-white hue. Pristine white ceilings keep the space feeling open, and pendant lights add to the elegant feel.

Cabinet paint: Off White 1873, Behr

8. Sea salt and bottle green. Using two shades of a similar hue is a great way to bring depth and interest to your space. A soft mineral green covers the walls in the space shown here, while a deep bottle green brings the island and range hood into focus. Warm wood floors keep the space feeling welcoming and relaxed.

Island counter: Leathered White Spring granite; perimeter counters: leathered Absolute Black granite; wall paint: Sea Salt, Sherwin Williams; backsplash: mix of Walker Zanger tile and stone

At Cabinet-S-Top, our experienced designers can help you coordinate the best finishes and colors that complement your home beautifully.  To get started, stop by our showroom located at 1977  Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~


  1. I really love your suggested color combinations for matching kitchen colors with granite counter tops. I really love the whitewashed wood and water blue color combination. I currently have granite counter tops that are a black with brown tones. Do you have any suggested color combinations that would go well with that color of granite counter tops?

  2. Very well written and informative article, thank you :-)

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