Countertops, Lighting, and Flooring to Complement Your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets come in a variety of finishes from any paint color imaginable to the wood in different stains and grains. Its enough to call in the design team and have them take over the whole remodel.

If you want to add personal touches to the kitchen, consider choosing countertops, lighting, and flooring to complement your kitchen cabinets and add a little style.

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Countertops can bring a calming feel or one of wild abandon to the kitchen. With a variety of visual characteristics, the right countertop is essential. With lighter color cabinets, a contrasting dark countertop is very dramatic, or you could add a neutral countertop of a clean, crisp feel. With countertop, its all about contrasting colors and patterns. Some homeowners prefer a countertop with less movement and more uniformity, while others love heavy and dramatic veining throughout the counters.

No matter the pattern, youll also need to choose the durability and maintenance level of your countertop.

  • Granite is a solid rock surface that is stain, heat (unless excessive), and stands up to daily wear and tear. However, it would be best if you sealed it after its installed and yearly after that as it is porous and can chip and crack. Granite comes in many natural colors and a variety of patterns. It is also a more expensive choice in countertops.
  • Marble has been popular for a long time. It is beautiful, can have subtle or wild colors and veining. It is a soft material and can stain and scratch. It is also one of the more expensive choices
  • Quartz countertops have gained popularity. Engineered stone countertops are created from crushed quartz crystals combined with resin and other synthetic materials, such as pigments. It can be more expensive than granite. It is scratch, stain and germ resistant, and heat resistant unless excessive.
  • Cost with all countertops is a significant factor. Choosing a contrasting color in a pattern you like is the key.


Flooring is meant to be functional, but that doesnt mean it cant be beautiful and add style to the kitchen. The flooring should contrast. If you have darker cabinets, consider installing even darker color flooring to bring out natural dark wood grains.

  • Color family plays an important role in choosing flooring. If you have a cool brown kitchen, flooring with a mix of grey and brown, it will look nice with black and white cabinets. Whatever color combination you choose, be sure to use it throughout the kitchen.
  • Watch the pattern in the flooring. You dont want it to be too active against your cabinetry. It can have subtle mixes of color variations, but youll want all colors to contrast nicely with your cabinets. It might be easiest to take a sample piece and lay it out in front of your cabinets for the right pattern.

With both countertops and lighting, finding a magazine or blog that gives specific design examples can help. You can also consult with the certified kitchen designers at Cabinet Express to put together the right countertop and flooring for your kitchen cabinets.


Proper lighting in the kitchen is essential. You want to work on three levels; ambiance, task, and accent lighting. Each is important in the kitchen design.

  • Ambiance lighting is the general lighting of the room. These are usually overhead lighting fixtures such as pendants, semi-flush/flush mount ceiling fixtures, ceiling fans, or chandeliers. Be sure if they hang into the focal area, you have complementary finishes on your fixtures to go with your cabinets.
  • Task lighting is lighting for specific tasks performed in an area. When choosing a light for this particular layer, you should first evaluate what is done in that designated area. The light should remove shadows, prevent eye strain, and be glare-free. Typically these are desk lamps, under cabinet lighting, bathroom vanity lighting, wall sconces by the sink, and pendant lighting above smaller areas such as a kitchen island.
  • Accent lighting is a decorative lighting layer that allows you to highlight points of interest in your interiors such as artwork, architecture, other features that cant be made more prominent just with ambient lighting. Typically these lights are wall sconces, track lighting, uplighting, and rope lights installed in coves and under counters for toe-kick lighting.

The fixture finishes are the key to complementing your kitchen cabinets. Choose finishes that are warm or cool, depending on your cabinet color. If youre not sure, you can match them to the hardware, countertop, or flooring. Keep in mind the light temperature, or bulb color will affect your kitchen as well. The color temperature can transform the kitchen from warm and cozy to bright and airy. Check the Lumen output of the bulbs you choose can transform the color of your room. Darker colors absorb more light. You will need to increase the intensity or number of lights in rooms with darker paint or furniture finishes.

Countertops, lighting, and flooring can be used to complement your kitchen cabinets. The process to match and contrast can be a little overwhelming. To find a certified kitchen designer to help you visit our website. You can ask questions and find answers. If youre ready to start choosing your kitchen cabinets and other fixtures, our designers will walk you through the process.