So maybe you’ve just had a new granite or quartz worktop installed, or you’ve picked a worktop and are waiting for it to be completed, or you’re in the early stages of planning a kitchen re-fit. You’re likely to want to choose the right cabinets and fittings, and you’ll certainly want them to complement your new worktop. How are you supposed to know what might work?
This article is a compilation of a few of our top tips from our experience.
1 – Match the pulls and handles to your worktop
Most of the time when you install new cabinets they do not come with handles or pulls. You need to think about the style of your worktop – whether it is a natural, muted tone or something more jazzy, and begin to consider how this will set the style of your entire kitchen. Is it giving it a warm, traditional foundation? Or is it setting up a new contemporary look? A good worktop is often the centrepiece of a kitchen so it can be the foundation for the overall style.
Once you’ve decided what direction your worktop is taking you, carefully look at different types of handles and pulls to match. They could be minimalistic stainless steel or ornate, decorative brass – it all depends on the overall feel of your kitchen.
2- Consider how ‘busy’ your worktop looks
If your worktop has lots of movement/swirls in the stone, it automatically will become more of a focal point and you’ll generally want to pick cabinets that are slightly less active. Simpler designs will allow your worktop to stand out much more and will avoid clashing.
Conversely, if your countertop/worktop is more minimalistic and relies more in smooth colours, you can be a little more creative with your cabinet design.
3- Dark on light or light on dark?
This is an area that really depends on your own taste. You may automatically feel that a dark worktop works best with light cabinets and vice versa, but there is more room for choice than that. For example, a dark quartz worktop with white swirls may work very well with very dark cabinets.
Conversely, a light coloured worktop with dark movement patterns can work really well with light coloured cabinets.
And without wanting to over-complicate things, not all cabinets need be the same style. For example your worktop may be on an island in your kitchen. You may then want to pick cabinets for the island which contrast the colour of the worktop, and pick cabinets for the rest of the kitchen which complement the worktop.
Overall, it is important to get a variety of samples and try them out under different lighting environments and in different combinations.
We hope that these quick tips are helpful. Please let us know if there are any other subjects you’d like us to cover.