Kitchen Design Ideas: Dark Cabinets and Light Granite, with Photos

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Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite

Looking to combine dark cabinets with a bright and light granite selection?  Each of these Raleigh custom home kitchens balance color, texture, and materials to create unique design combinations.

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite


While color contrast and coordination can bring balance, it is also practical to consider mixing materials and textures.

In this version of the Country Manor, textured stone columns were set against a light ceramic tile back splash, carved wood island legs, and stainless steel metal appliances.   The granite is Bianco Romano, which coordinates well with both the Celadon (with glaze) and Espresso finish maple cabinets.

Other balancing features include:

- Glass-front cabinet design

- Wood beam ceiling

- Angled wall of windows opposite the island

This Raleigh custom home kitchen has all the right features to create a balance of color and texture, from stone to tile, wood, metal, and glass. 


Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite
Every home built by Stanton Homes is completely unique.

In this version of the Worthington, the home owners chose to mix dark kitchen cabinets with light granite, using grey as the home's central color - a 2014 new home design trend.  The River White granite melds beautifully with the combination of Espresso and White cabinetry.

Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- White island with bar seating

- Built-in wine storage and refrigerator

- Grey stained hardwood flooring


Another popular way to create the perfect combination of dark kitchen cabinets with light granite is to alternate the perimeter cabinets and granite with the island cabinets and granite. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite


The layout of your kitchen floor plan can make a big difference in the cabinet and granite colors you mix.

The Mastrosimone, the open floor plan design welcomed a bright environment while mixing dark Nutmeg Maple kitchen cabinets with a light Santa Cecelia granite. 

Special features in this Raleigh custom home kitchen include:

- Angled island open to the keeping room

- Raised eating bar with granite bar top

- Distinct work areas, designed for cooks to work together


Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing dark kitchen cabinets with light granite


When mixing dark and light kitchen features, it's all about balance.

In this version of the Summerlyn, dark espresso cabinets are paired with a white Star Reef granite counter top and grey stone tile backsplash. Other Raleigh custom home kitchen features include:

- Medium brown hardwood floors

- White trim, built-in storage benches, and columns

- Light grey wall paint

- A mixture of oil rubbed bronze and stainless steel appliances and fixtures

See photo galleries of more Raleigh custom homes that mix dark kitchen cabinets with light granite:

The Summerlyn:

- Built-in wine refrigerator

- Pot filler - faucet above the range

- Medium brown hardwood floors

The Woodlake:

- Open floor plan design

- Two kitchen sinks

- Two islands - one with a raised eating bar

- Mini-mosaic tile back splash

The Chalet Vert:

- Built-in wine refrigerator, and two kitchen sinks

- Tile flooring with extra-long tiles in a grey, textured pattern

- Tile backsplash behind the range hood, with mini-mosaic tile inlay around the entire room


Get more kitchen back splash tips and ideas:

How to Coordinate Your Granite Countertops and Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Types of Kitchen Backsplashes: Subway Tile Backsplashes

Mini Mosaic Backsplashes - More Types of Kitchen Backsplashes


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Beautiful kitchen designs. I really like the Bianco Romano and will need to remember that for some of my customers.

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