How To Match Your Kitchen Cabinets

Remodeling your kitchen can both be exciting and stressful, especially if you have to consider matching different pieces to create a beautiful space. If this has given you quite a headache, we're here to help because we've looked into this question, and in this post, we'll share tips on how you can match your kitchen cabinets with other pieces in your space.

Kitchen cabinets can be matched in multiple different ways. You can match cabinet styles by picking the type of wood or material that you will use for your kitchens. The cabinets can also take on matching color schemes that will work to create a nice palette for your kitchen. You can also match your kitchen cabinets with your counters and floors, depending on the look you like.

We know that there are many different ways you can match your kitchen cabinets. In this post, we'll show you different variations of matching different styles and colors for your cabinets. Keep reading as we also show you how you can create a design for your space by mixing and matching specific looks and styles for your kitchen.

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How To Match Your Kitchen Cabinets

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A well-designed kitchen often has several elements that give the space a cohesive look. For many designers, this often consists of matching the kitchen cabinets to tie together the space. They are matched depending on the styles and colors that best suit the kitchen's design, and sometimes they are matched to the counters and the flooring of the kitchen.

In order to keep your kitchen looking cohesive, here are a few simple tricks to match your kitchen cabinets to the counters and the flooring.

1. Choose a Color Combination

The first step in creating a pleasantly designed and matching kitchen is to choose a color combination that works for you. Work around a few key colors that you would like to show off the feel of your kitchen space. Don't go overboard, though! Keep it to around three, maybe a maximum of four colors to create your palette.

You can choose your palettes by playing around with contrasting and complementary colors. You can also go with a monochromatic palette and choose neutral shades for your kitchen. Most kitchens do well with a neutral shade because most cabinets and countertops also fall in this color scheme. 

2. Check the Lighting

Assess the type of light your kitchen receives to see if it will work well with the colors you have chosen for your space. Take into consideration the natural light that comes in your kitchen through the windows, as well as the light that will be coming from your light fixtures.

Wam light tends to make everything yellow, so consider that when you choose colors for your kitchen. The best choice for most kitchen spaces are cool lights because it is bright white and it allows you to see all the details especially when you are cooking.

3. Start on the Countertops

Most kitchen cabinets and countertops are either complementary or contrasting to each other. Match your cabinets with your countertops by choosing the best color combinations for your kitchen. If you are going for a monochromatic color scheme, try adding some details to your countertops, like using stone with veining or other textures.

4. Match the Backsplash

The backsplash is another aspect of your kitchen that you'd want to complement with your countertops. Since they sit fairly close to the counters, your backsplash will provide that added complement to your counters so that it will capture the attention of your guests. If you have a simple countertop, choose a backsplash that's a little more bold and more exciting.

When you've figured out the counters and the backsplash for your kitchen, you can now start matching it with your kitchen cabinets.

5. Pick a Cabinet Style

There are a ton of kitchen cabinet styles to choose from, and chances are you will find yourselve a little bit overwhelmed when presented with the selection. However, a great way to start with this kitchen redecoration is by starting with the basics.

If you're going for a modern design for your kitchen, choose kitchen cabinets that are sleek and simple. If you feel like your kitchen is going towards a more intricate style, pick cabinets that have a more ornate trim or accent.

Kitchen cabinet colors vary greatly on the color of the countertops and backsplash that you've chosen. Chances are, if you've chosen a neutral color for your counters and backsplash, you'll most likely pick a bold color for your kitchen cabinets. If you're going for a monochromatic color scheme, there's a very high chance that you'll pick a different shade of your chosen color.

6. Make Plans About Your Flooring

After you've chosen your kitchen cabinets, counters, and backsplash, it's time to focus on the floors. A classic choice for kitchen flooring is tile because they are resilient, water-resistant, and since the kitchen is prone to spills—very easy to clean.

When choosing a tile for your kitchen, make sure that it doesn't clash with the counters that you've chosen and the kitchen cabinets. Choose flooring that creates a contrast to your kitchen space—say, light neutral colored cabinets and counters would go well with a darker floor.

7. Do a Test Run and Begin Accessorizing 

Once you've decided on these key elements for your kitchen remodel, doing a "test run" would do well to see if your choices do match or clash with each other. Take your time getting samples of your favored choices (as well as alternatives) and analyze them in different conditions throughout the day.

Make sure to check how your chosen kitchen cabinets and counters do under different light conditions. You may also want to see if your floor choices are better contrasting with your cabinets and counters, or if they look nicer in a more complementary palette.

It's a tedious task, but ultimately it will be very rewarding. Matching your kitchen cabinets with all the other elements of your kitchen will give you a space that is going to be very pleasing to stay in.

What Should I Consider For Choosing Kitchen Cabinets?

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Aside from the color and style of your kitchen cabinets, there are quite a number of things that would be great to consider when you're choosing them. Here are some of the ideas you should consider as you look through your choices:

Storage space

Of course, the main purpose of your kitchen cabinets is to store everything you'll need from food items to small kitchen appliances. When choosing the cabinets for your kitchen remodel, do consider how you will be able to maximize the space provided and what you really need to put in them.

You should also consider if you're going for more drawers or cabinets. This will depend on the items you will be storing, as well as how you typically organize your space.


Over the recent years, counter-depth appliances have been becoming popular as more and more homeowners prefer the look of their appliances flush against their cabinets and counters. Consider this option if you want to go for this style. Your cabinets need to be measured and fit your chosen appliances well, so take your time in choosing this during your kitchen remodel.


If you have kids, this will be a no-brainer. Pick cabinets that won't be easy for kids to open and close, and choose a finish that will be easy for you to clean. Make your lives easier by going for practicality over style, especially with kids as part of the equation.

Should All Kitchen Cabinets Match?

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Generally speaking, your kitchen cabinets do not need to match. Just like with most interior designs, it all boils down on your personal preference. However, matching your kitchen cabinets does create a cohesive look for your space, and it helps round everything out without looking very cluttered.

Matching your kitchen cabinets also allows you to build up the design of your room. If you're doing most of the redesigning yourself, matching the bigger items in your space takes away the stress of choosing from so many options. With the many different designs and looks available, choosing too many things just to mix and match your styles can be overwhelming.

Final Thoughts

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There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to redesigning your kitchen, and you definitely don't have to match your kitchen cabinets with your counters or your floors. However, doing so can give your room a cohesive look that ties your room together wherever you look. To make your kitchen look beautiful, pick a style that you feel practical and comfortable to be in.

Are you looking to redecorate your old kitchen cabinets? We've got the perfect articles just for you:

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