The Do’s and Don’ts of Matching Countertops to Cabinets

Oct 20, 2021 | Building, Construction, Developer, House, Premier Countertop Installation and Fabrication

Pairing your kitchen or bathroom countertops and cabinets can be quite a challenge. Fortunately, at Bad Lizard Granite & Quartz, we have come up with some tips to make this often confusing design step a breeze. Continue reading to learn about the do’s and don’ts of matching your countertops to cabinets.


Here at Bad Lizard, we have an extensive selection of slabs, so we are confident that we have enough options for every customer that walks through our doors. However, with the number of options, sometimes picking just one slab can seem challenging and overwhelming. Therefore, we recommend breaking it down into sections to help from feeling overwhelmed. 


It’s best to select and be confident about one option before choosing the other. According to HomeAdvisor, it’s best to select your cabinet of choice first. A lot more goes into selecting cabinets than just color choice. You have to choose the style and finish, the type of material, hinges and handles. Custom cabinets may be the most difficult to choose from as they require all the choices, whereas semi-custom and stock, such as cabinets from IKEA, may make the decision easier. It all depends on the style you are looking for and your budget, of course, as custom cabinets are most expensive and can run you anywhere from $500 to $1000+ per linear foot.

Once you have chosen what kind of cabinet you desire based on budget, it’s time to decide what style and material you’d like. There are many different options to choose from, including wall cabinets, base cabinets, hidden cabinets (such as a refrigerator), cabinet doors, cabinet drawers or a combination of these! To learn more about choosing these different types of cabinets, HGTV has a great blog detailing a helpful guide that you can read here.

An emerging kitchen cabinet trend is two-toned cabinets; the bottom cabinets are rich and dark, and the top wall cabinets are lighter. Two-toned cabinets are an excellent option for someone who is a little adventurous and wants a more creative and open kitchen feel and design.


There are various things to consider when choosing a countertop to match your cabinets. First, we recommended avoiding matching dark cabinets with dark countertops. If you are contemplating this option, make sure your floor, backsplash and appliances are all light-colored to add some brightness to your kitchen. Otherwise, it may feel too dull. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so you want the space to feel fresh and open, and most importantly, represent your style. 

If you have opted for lighter cabinets, you have a more comprehensive range of countertop colors and textures to choose from. Are you looking for a fresh and clean feel? Choose a lighter countertop option to match the lightness of your cabinets. Just make sure not to choose too light of a color, as it may make your kitchen feel too bright or blinding, depending on the amount of natural light in the space. However, lighter cabinets and countertops give the option to incorporate darker floors and accents. 

Choosing light cabinets also can give you the ability to select a busier, more colorful countertop color and texture. A unique choice would be selecting two different countertop colors: something simple for the surrounding kitchen counters and a bolder stone for the island countertop; this style would really make your kitchen pop.

It’s also important to watch out for too many textures. If you have chosen cabinets with texture, such as wood grain, we advise you to avoid detailed veining in your countertop and opt for something more simplistic with little to no veining. However, if your cabinets are laminate or more simplistic, a countertop with bold veining could add a nice “pop” to the kitchen. If you are still having trouble navigating which countertop color to opt for, you may find our blog, How to Choose Countertop Colors for Your Home, helpful.


Sometimes, it can be challenging to match and choose your countertop and your cabinet color with small samples. Fortunately, Bad Lizard Granite & Quartz is home to West Virginia’s largest indoor showroom! Our showroom is large, but so are the sizes of our slabs. When you come to visit us, you and your Bad Lizard consultant will be allowed to navigate our facility safely. Viewing slabs in person is an excellent opportunity to learn more about what you love. It is always better to view slabs in person than through a computer or small samples. This way, you can grasp the color and pattern throughout the slab, which is sometimes difficult to determine when viewing a small sample. If you’d like to learn more about our showroom, read our blog, Choose Your Countertops Onsite From Our Large, Indoor Countertop Slab Selection.

When choosing your countertop, we encourage you to bring your cabinet color/style samples with you, or if you’re remodeling your countertops and keeping existing cabinets, feel free to get paint samples of your current cabinet colors. This can help make matching countertops to cabinets simpler and more convenient, and it won’t have you second-guessing your choice once you have decided.  


Our team takes pride in helping our customers find the countertop that best fits their wants, needs and ultimately, budget. If you are interested in looking at slabs and need help finding the perfect color for you, please call us at 304-472-6483, and we would be happy to give you a personal tour through our facility. 

Additionally, each week, we will be featuring our slab of the week on our Facebook page! Follow us on Facebook for more countertop material and color inspiration.