Deciding on finishes is one of the most challenging parts of a kitchen remodel. Do you also lost your way in the field of options for countertop and cabinet finishes? What makes it even more complicated is that there’s no set rule to choosing materials and finishes. Every project is different. But there are still some general guidelines that can help you make sense of your kitchen remodel.
Countertops require careful consideration, especially for a large island, as this can be the biggest single item of color and texture. This large surface area is a great place to start and can be the basis for the rest of your kitchen’s materials palette.
Choose a countertop that’s durable and easy to clean. We recommends looking into quartz or granite first. For a bigger statement, go for stainless steel or natural wood. Aim for light, smooth and reflective materials. Large-format tiles or slabs of stone will minimize grout lines and create a smooth and easy-to-clean surface.
We recommends sticking with a single countertop material, with a slight variation at the pantry or island, for consistency and simplicity.
You can start with the cabinet as the beginning of the materials palette. This is what ends up being most “in your face”, as the wall cabinets are smack dab at eye level.
Always keeps the materials choices as simple and natural as possible. We recommends sticking to a small palette — one or two materials — to keep it simple. Look for light-colored cabinetry to keep the space open and bright, using other materials in small doses for visual depth and texture.
Let contrast be the key. If the counters are rich and dark, go with a lighter door panel. A monochromatic approach is great, but if the countertop is visually active, calm it down on the door panel. Choose a door panel color that visually contrasts with your countertop. Floors are usually decided based on the surrounding rooms, but make sure the colors won’t clash with what’s in your kitchen.
The other little things — lighting, fixtures, bar stools and hardware — can tie the look of the kitchen together. Again, less is more here. Kitchens of multiple materials and colors require a lot of finesse.
Tell us: How did you choose your kitchen materials palette?