Whether you are designing a kitchen for a newly constructed home, or updating an existing one, there are so many options that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Choosing your finishes is the hardest part of kitchen design. There are so many beautiful options. How do you find cabinets and countertops that you love, that express your style, and that complement each other perfectly?

When it comes to kitchen design, there are no right or wrong answers. You might hear about various “design rules” as you look at different styles. Your upper and lower cabinets don’t have to be exactly the same design. The island doesn’t have to be made of the same materials as the rest of the kitchen. While looking at websites and magazines can give you some great ideas, don’t feel like you have to fit into their mold.

  1. Start with your countertops. In most kitchens, counters are what you see the most of, so they play the largest part in setting the tone of a room. This is also the area with the largest variety in materials. You want something that is durable and easy to take care of, but you also want to fall in love with it. Solid surfaces like granite are always a good choice, but there are other options to consider such as quartz, stainless steel, tile, or wood.
  2. Choose cabinets that complement the countertops. If you opt for a sleek and ultra-modern countertop, then ornately carved wooden corbels and detailed cabinetry are going to be jarring to the eye. When it comes to choosing colors, there is no hard and fast rule about mixing darks and lights. If you have a smaller kitchen, lighter colors can make the room feel better. Reflective surfaces can help to lighten the room, also. Many people like to use a dark countertop material with a lighter cabinet color, or vice versa. However, if you want to pair two dark finishes in your cabinets and counters, you can use the flooring, walls and backsplash, and other parts of the room to provide a color contrast instead.
  3. Use the smaller finishes to turn the room into a cohesive whole. Choose a wall color that complements the speckles in your granite or quartz countertops, or go with something bright and bold to add some interest to a very simple design. If you’re chosen cabinets with detail you might want a plain backsplash that doesn’t distract from the design. But the clean lines of shaker cabinets might pair up nicely with a detailed mosaic tile backsplash.

At CJB Group Kitchens, we love to help our clients find the perfect combination of function and style that makes their kitchen a dream come true. When you visit our Reading, Massachusetts showroom, you can see various styles and finishes to get a better feel for what’s available. We will work with you to create a room that fits your personality and serves as a warm and comforting heart for your home. Give us a call at (978)-337-7256 today to schedule your free consultation!