Inspiration and DIY Pairing Your Granite Kitchen Counter with the Right Cabinetry and Backsplash

Photo features Oil Rubbed Bronze 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 field tile and Rope deco with 1 x 6 Rope liner above stove range. Backsplash features Oil Rubbed Bronze 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 Rope deco and Tumbled Slate in Copper 1 x 1

Photo features Oil Rubbed Bronze 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 field tile and Rope deco with 1 x 6 Rope liner above stove range. Backsplash features Oil Rubbed Bronze 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 Rope deco and Tumbled Slate in Copper 1 x 1

 
 

Pairing Your Granite Kitchen Counter with the Right Cabinetry and Backsplash

There aren't many items that are more beautiful than a granite kitchen counter. Adding this design element to your kitchen can take your space to new heights and can make a great kitchen even greater. Aside from being stunning, granite looks unique, is scratch-resistant, long-lasting, and resistant to stains when sealed properly. To make the most out of your granite countertop, you'll need to pair it with a backsplash and cabinetry that's just as stunning.

The perfect backsplash and cabinetry should:

  • stick with your kitchen style
  • be a color that will match or harmonize with the color of your granite
  • be a material that will complement your granite
  • be easy to clean


If your granite features more of a solid color and pattern, you can opt for a backsplash that has a pronounced pattern or color scheme. But if your granite has a noticeable pattern or swirl, you will need a backsplash that is more solid. Too much pattern will make your kitchen look too busy. But don't worry, there are dozens of backsplash and cabinetry options that will look fantastic regardless of which granite you go with. Here are some tips and ideas that will help you choose the right cabinetry and backsplash to go with your choice of granite.

Pair Dark Granite with White Cabinetry

White is a neutral, and like any neutral color, it can be paired with any color. Dark granite is often used with white cabinets for contrast, and this combination looks beautiful. For instance, consider pairing white cabinetry with Marron Cohiba granite and a backsplash that features Oil Rubbed Bronze field tile and a trim of copper mosaics. The metallic accent tiles will provide interest and help highlight the granite you choose.

Photo features Oil Rubbed Bronze 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 field tile and Rope deco with 1 x 6 Rope liner above stove range. Backsplash features Oil Rubbed Bronze 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 Rope deco and Tumbled Slate in Copper 1 x 1 mosaics. Countertops feature Marron Cohiba Gra

If your space features white cabinets, opt for a rich Tropical Brown granite on both the kitchen counter and the backsplash. Solid granite is not often used on the backsplash today, but when it is, the effect can be fantastic.

These dark, rich, earthy brown granites really provide a beautiful contrast when used next to white cabinets. However, white cabinets can also be a fabulous backdrop for other backsplash materials. For instance, consider pairing your white cabinets and dark granite with a glass tile backsplash such as the Caprice collection. Available in multiple enticing color combos, such as Crimson Blend, which features red, tan, and taupe, this line can help provide the perfect pop of color when used alongside other neutral materials.

Layer Shades of Gray

Gray cabinetry is a very popular design element right now. Like all neutrals, gray cabinetry can work with almost any kitchen counter or backsplash material, but it looks especially stunning when used alongside other shades of gray. For instance, try pairing gray cabinetry with a Granite Radiance backsplash and gray option from the Granite Collection, such as Silver Pearl, for the countertop. Each option in the Granite Radiance line contains one of the granite colors from the Granite Collection, which will ensure a perfect combination every time.

If you want a more edgy look, go with a metallic gray backsplash instead. For example, Mystic tile from the Endeavors collection features shades of gray and will help give your kitchen a contemporary vibe. Pair your gray cabinets, countertops, and backsplash with sleek, shiny stainless steel appliances for a streamlined, classic look.

Go with a Mushroom or Creamy Ivory Theme

Another very in-demand cabinetry color is mushroom or ivory. Mushroom is a very warm color that works well in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. One tantalizing way to accent beautiful mushroom-colored cabinetry is to pair it with a similar shade of granite, such as Golden Garnet. This mushroom-colored theme will look great with any neutral backsplash.

Natural stone also looks great when paired with shades of mushroom or creamy ivory. Go with cream-colored cabinetry and granite, and then opt for a limestone-look backsplash such as Harbour Mist from the City View collection of ColorBody porcelain. The beauty of limestone will shine when used alongside other mushroom- or cream-colored materials. If you have your heart set on an authentic stone backsplash, consider going with a Mushroom/Morning Sun Blend backsplash.

Choose Sage Cabinets and Earth-Colored Materials

Sage green is another trendy cabinet color. Sage is a beautiful hue, and it's very easy to pair kitchen counter and backsplashes with this paint color. Metallic tile works extremely well with sage. For example, the Mushroom/Morning Sun Blend from the Stone Radiance collection teamed with a golden granite is a perfect combination alongside sage cabinets. Most earthy colors work well with sage, including Desert Brown or Paradise Beach granite countertops. For the backsplash, consider Plaza Rouge from the Concrete Connection, which looks modern and resembles concrete.

Photo features Brazilian Green in a modified hopscotch pattern on floor. Wall features 6 x 6 Brazilian Green with decorative border and Natural Tumbled Stone Sand chair rail.

Incorporate Some Black Cabinetry

Black cabinetry is becoming very popular. Black is extremely dramatic, and if incorporated well, it can turn your kitchen into a showstopping, modern space. Black can be used for all of your cabinetry, but it's most often paired with gray, white, or a wood stain because it can make a kitchen look too dark if it's overused. For example, try going with black cabinetry for just your kitchen island. Then opt for a lighter material for your countertops and backsplash.

Delicatos White or Cotton White granite both fit the bill nicely, and will perfectly complement black cabinetry. Each has some black veining that will help to tie the counters and cabinetry together very tastefully. For an equally stunning backsplash, go with a basket weave pattern from the Stone A' La Mod collection. This will help to brighten the room, while also providing outstanding contrast alongside the dark and dramatic cabinetry and complementing the multicolored granite.

Granite is still the most popular kitchen counter material—and for good reason. Is it any wonder that there are so many backsplash options to complement it? Painted cabinetry is also beautiful, and is available in plenty of neutral options. You can even go with a gorgeous glaze in order to further tie your cabinets in with your countertops and backsplash. When updating or planning a new kitchen, look at the whole picture, and keep in mind that the cabinetry, countertops, and backsplash should work together and be complementary. Get creative and don't be afraid to add your personality into the design.