How to Pair Countertops with Gray Cabinets

Countertops are a great way to upgrade your kitchen and provide a ton of function, but it’s even better when they pair well with other aspects of your kitchen design. They come in many different materials and some look better than others. If you’re torn between two or more countertop options, consider pairing them with the cabinets as part of your decision process.


The Right Countertop for Your Kitchen


First, let’s talk about what makes a good countertop material. I always recommend people go on real-life visits to see what works best for them. Some of us like the look and feel of solid surfaces (granite, quartz), some prefer the ease of use of laminate, and others settle for engineered materials like wood or bamboo. The best material for you is the one that works with your lifestyle, matches or compliments other aspects of your kitchen design or renovation, and has great ratings on Amazon (affiliate link).


Countertops and Gray Cabinets


Gray cabinets will ultimately come down to the homeowner’s personal preference. Some people prefer gray cabinets because they can be paired with almost any countertop color, including black, cream, or white. Others believe that gray cabinets are best for formal kitchens and therefore should not be used in casual spaces.


Gray cabinets add character and dimension to most kitchens. The most popular gray countertop is white quartz (or some other variation on white), overlaid with gray veining that complements most grays well.


However, one must remember if contrasting grays are used in the kitchen (i.e., dark gray cabinets paired with white countertops) they must be just that, contrasting. Countertops should not match the cabinets exactly if they are to contrast each other.


OPTION A: Pairing Gray with White Countertops


If you prefer your kitchen to be monochromatic, gray cabinets paired with white countertops are the way to go. Keep in mind that you will need to do a lot of cleaning, though, and the room might look a little dull.



OPTION B: Incorporating Colors


If you like to incorporate color into your kitchen, go with gray cabinets paired with black countertops. Black and gray is a chic color combination that can give your kitchen an interesting look.


You can also go with dark brown cabinets and a white countertop. This can be a more rustic look for your kitchen.


You may want to go with a black countertop with gray cabinets for an entirely different look. This will cut down on the amount of light that comes into your kitchen, but it will also create a sort of modern look.




OPTION C: Gray Cabinets with Clear Countertops



Clear countertops allow the darkest color in your kitchen – the cabinets – to be the central focus. Clear countertops also create a seamless look and give you the freedom to choose the countertop that matches your existing décor. When selecting a countertop material, you should consider what look you want to achieve.

OPTION D: Gray Cabinets with Blue or Green Countertops


Adding blue countertops is a great way to make your kitchen appear fun and vibrant. The shade of blue you choose should correspond to other appliances in the room.


Gray cabinets with green countertops are an interesting choice that will add a touch of color to your kitchen. The two shades of green play off each other and create a unique look that is sure to turn heads.


OPTION E: Neutrals


The neutral color of the countertop creates a simple look. The addition of gray cabinets gives the space a contemporary feel and adds depth to the beige countertops.



Deciding what countertop to choose can be difficult, but it is important to remember that kitchen countertops do more than just create a surface.


They can dictate the mood of your kitchen and help to determine what kind of design you want the space to be. You should also consider the countertop material concerning your lifestyle. If you have children or pets, area rugs can help soften any damage that occurs on the countertops. Harder materials, such as granite and quartz cannot be damaged as easily, making them less expensive to maintain than other options.


If you’re looking for expert advice on designing the kitchen of your dreams, schedule a free consultation and quote with Nelson Cabinetry today! Email us at or just call 832-998-6598 for more information. 


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