What Goes With Wood Cabinets?

Make those high-quality cabinets look their best by pairing them with the right colors and materials!


White painted cabinets have surged in popularity, unpainted cabinets made of real wood, either stained or left natural, are a luxury that will always work. But since wood cabinets come in so many tones that lend their own color to the mix, it can be tricky to know just what to put with them to make them look their best. Whether you rent or own your home, and whether your cabinets are new or original to the house, If you’ve been wondering what on earth to put with your wood cabinets, these ideas should help.

Kitchen Wood Cabinets with Granite Counter

Granite counters and gray-green glass tile. These red birch cabinets look warm and rich against a grayish-green glass tile backsplash and granite counters with gray tones. Try this classic look with midtone wood cabinets, like honey-toned oak or cherry.


Kitchen Dark Walnut Cabinets Marble Counters

If you liked the last look but have dark cabinets, consider giving it a slight twist — the deep tone of walnut cabinets looks stunning against light marble counters. Gray tile floors in a herringbone pattern and a watery gray-green glass tile backsplash offer contrast for a fresh, contemporary look. This space has white walls, but gray would also be smashing.






Kitchen Espresso Cabinets and Marble Counters

Marble counters, wood floors and statement lighting. Dark stained oak cabinets, marble counters and backsplash, and crisp white walls could read as a bit cold, but the gleaming pendant light, wood floors and wood island counter add warmth. If you have dark wood cabinets and want wood floors too, choose floors a few shades lighter than the cabinetry — a medium amount of contrast is easiest on the eyes.


Kitchen Soapstone Counters and subway backsplash


Soapstone counters and buttery walls. A classic farmhouse sink, a subway tile backsplash and butter-yellow walls are charming with cherry cabinets. Vermont soapstone counters offer contrast to keep the look crisp. Keep in mind that walls in the yellow range can make lighter oak cabinets look washed out — the lighter butter yellow works here because the cabinets are a richer hue.


Kitchen Wood Cabinets and Marble Counters, Herrigbone Tile


Marble counters and white subway tile. If you have naturally beautiful wood in your kitchen, like these reclaimed chestnut cabinets, consider complementing them with marble counters and white subway tile. Dark grout with white subway tile is more sophisticated than white — and easier to keep looking clean. Repeat the dark grout color with dark cabinet hardware and a black light fixture.



Kitchen Light Cabinets Dark Walls



Charcoal walls. If you love deep, dark colors, charcoal walls in the kitchen can be striking. You might worry that darker walls in the kitchen might be too much, but most kitchens actually don’t have much wall space to paint, particularly if there are upper cabinets — so the darker color won’t overwhelm.


Kitchen Wood Cabinets Blue Backsplash Hardwood Floors

Cream walls, blue tile. Cherry cabinets look warm and welcoming with blue tile, cream walls and wood floors. An apron-front farmhouse sink and a schoolhouse light fixture are charming vintage touches. Taking a closer look, you can see that the tile is a grayish blue.


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