Kitchen cabinets in the very darkest of blues can look highly contemporary or beautifully traditional. But the drama of these dark tones can make the choice of countertop tricky — and the material you choose will dictate the look of your kitchen. Here’s our guide to what works best.
Go Dramatic With Black
Black countertops will ramp up an inky color scheme. Matched with dark blue cabinetry (here, painted in Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore), countertops in black granite, quartz and other materials can work well. If you want your room to feel lighter, mix it up with a surface in another material. Wood will add warmth and texture.
Add Marble for an Eclectic Feel
If you like a kitchen packed with personality, you’re going to need to bring in some texture and pattern. One way to do this is with wooden floors. Another is by using decorative backsplash tiles like these ones. For the countertops? Choose a marble-look design that can fit right in with other decorative elements.
Boost the Vintage Vibe
The downside of dark kitchens, particularly those with a wall of cabinets, is that they can look a little forbidding. So why not increase the warm appeal of your space by contrasting the cool tones of the cabinetry with the warm, grainy textures of wood? The more honey-toned the wood, the better. If it’s too light or too dark, the inviting effect will be lost.
Choose White for a Clean Finish
Want your kitchen to feel smart, clean and streamlined? You can’t beat a white countertop. It’s a perfect choice for reflecting lots of light in a small or dark room. It’s also a good pick for enhancing the feeling of space in rooms with low ceilings.
Go Gray for a Muted Style
The gray quartz countertop in this kitchen connects the blue cabinetry (painted in Himalayan Eyes, standard sheen, by Valspar) with the light-colored backsplash and helps create an elegant, subdued feel. It also blends in well with the kitchen’s stainless steel appliances.