Welcome to our gallery of kitchens featuring white cabinets and dark granite countertops.
The use of white in the kitchen is a great way to keep the room feeling bright and open, even in a small space. But let’s face it, too much white can be overwhelming.
One great way to break up the use of white is with a dark colored countertop! It doesn’t even have to be black or grey; although those do look rather sharp in a white kitchen, you can use blue, green, or even brown.
Countertops can be made out of a multitude of different materials but above all else, granite remains one of the most versatile materials choices.
Granite is tough and durable – second only to diamond in natural hardness – easy to care for, resistant of staining and bacteria when properly sealed, will last for decades, and comes in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns.
You can use granite to complement or contrast the color palette of your kitchen or use it as the only color. It can be highly polished for a shiny, reflective look or it can be matte and softened, allowing for the color and streaking to show even better.
Not only do these kitchens feature these two key design elements, most of them contain gorgeous and innovative ideas for classing up any home.
There are some great examples of how to include pops of accent colors without depending on accessories that can quickly clutter up counters. Many include striking kitchen islands that could inspire your next design project.
Regardless of what you may be looking for, we hope that something here will spark your interest and influence your own kitchen designs or remodels.
Please enjoy this collection of some of our favorite kitchen designs!
This minimalist kitchen is a lovely balance of light and dark. The white-washed look of the cabinets lets the wood grain make a slight appearance to mimic the grain in the grey paneling on the wall. The dark granite countertop complements the woodwork and the dark glass in the stainless steel appliances.
Using a medium grey granite, to match the appliances and stove hood, brings uniformity throughout the kitchen. The white cabinets, walls, and subway tile backsplash keep the room feeling bright and open while the wood floor warms up the atmosphere with reflected light. The dark wood of the center island adds lovely contrast to the cool tones of the room.
This gorgeous contemporary kitchen utilizes dark granite counter tops and wood flooring to break up the use of bright white. Glass fronts on the upper cabinets and window panes in the pantry door assist this purpose and allow pops of accent colors to show from the inside. The highly reflective surface of the counters keeps them from feeling to heavy in such a light space.
This beautiful, bright kitchen utilizes the white and grey color scheme that is popular in contemporary kitchens. The sleek cabinets complement the clean edges of the appliances and granite countertops. The light grey subway tiles add texture and interest to the space while the light wood floor brings warmth to the room.
The clean edges in this kitchen are achieved by the basic palette and industrial materials. The light grey of the concrete floor harmonizes the white cabinets and walls with the dark island and countertops. Silver accents in the fixtures, appliances, and barstools adds visual interest while the glass globe pendant lights soften the entire room.
The dark blue counters in this kitchen break up the white of the cabinets and keep it from being overpowering. The wood of the floor and the island countertop warm up the room while the butter-yellow of the island’s base adds a touch of color.
Another view of the same kitchen, this side better shows off the lovely wood of the island and streaking of color thorough the granite. The small shelf running along the top of the cabinets is a nice touch for displaying collectables and accents.
This stunning kitchen breaks up the white and grey theme with the addition of a striking pale green tile backsplash. The expansive countertops soften the reflected light without darkening the room too much while the silver pendant lights complement the appliances and hardware of the cabinets. The warm barstools add an extra pop of color that harmonizes with the light wood floor.
The same kitchen from a different angle, this view shows off the true expanse of the countertops and the use of windows and light in the space. The rough, exposed beam along the ceiling adds interest and draws the eye up to the high ceilings.
This color scheme of white, grey, and bright green differentiates this kitchen from others of the same contemporary style and keeps the bright white cabinets from overpower the rest of the room. Keeping the high-gloss finish of the cabinets and counters the same throughout the kitchen helps to reflect the light from the large windows further into the room.
This open kitchen utilizes the large windows to brighten up the space, counterbalancing this with dark counters and matching subway tile backsplash. The room is warmed up by tan floors, dark wood, and the beautiful stonework of the fireplace that is reflected in the kitchen by the bright pendant lights above the island.
This charming, rustic kitchen successfully combines several different textures and materials to create a cohesive room. The bright shades of the tile floor are reflected in the arched brick ceiling and the golden walls. The granite countertops are complemented by the dark cabinets and tile framing the stove area, as well as the dark wooden chairs standing attention at the island bar.
A better view of the kitchen, this one showcases the large windows over the sink that flood the room with light. The beautiful brick work done in the arch can be viewed better from this angle also.
This beautiful kitchen makes great use of reflective surfaces to add interest and brighten the room. The dark counters and barstools bring weight to this broad room and complement the striking wood floor. The white cabinetry and tile backsplash keep the room feeling open and airy.
This fabulous kitchen takes advantage of different textures to keep the use of grey from becoming overwhelming. The diagonal tiles on the floor counters the sleek lines of the cabinets while mimicking the angled section of counter. The stainless steel appliances play mediator between the floor, backsplash, and countertops, balancing the use of different shades. Accents of orange bring eye-catching spots of color into the room.
These beautiful granite counters break up the brightness of the rest of the kitchen while the white highlights the flecking through the granite surface. Accenting the cabinet fronts with trim and beveling keeps the white from looking flat and bland and makes this small space seem larger than it is.
This impressive kitchen has a lot going on. The beautiful wood floors complement the granite countertops and bring depth to this airy room. Glass-fronted doors separate the white of the cabinets while the decor adds bright pops of colors. The powder blue walls keep the kitchen light and open while adding additional color to the room. Similarly, the recessed ceiling squares bring visual interest to even the top of the room.
This cozy kitchen keeps itself from feeling small by utilizing light colors. The warm walls and wood floor keep the room from seeming stark while the brick accent wall brings interest to the space. Bright pops of red break up the dominating white.
The recessed ceiling in the gorgeous kitchen showcases the high ceilings while the beautiful dark wood floor brings warmth to the stark white cabinetry. Accenting with brushed nickel fixtures, cabinet hardware, and pendant lights complements the stainless steel appliances. The dark granite balances the wood floors and breaks up the white nicely throughout the kitchen.
These stunning wood floors are complemented by the island countertop and the chocolate brown granite. The warm palette is continued in the tile backsplash and, in this case, the white cabinets are used to break up the warm tones of the room. Meanwhile, the lovely blue of the island base brings a cool accent color and complements the use of brown.
This quaint kitchen expands itself with the use of white cabinets and matching fridge doors. The blue-green granite balances the use of white while adding a touch of color also seen in the tile backsplash. The stunning dark wood flooring complements the kitchen while also continuing through the rest of the house.
This lovely kitchen continues the bright, open feel apparent in the rest of the rooms. Utilizing warm, off-white cabinets enriches the bright red of the wood floor while the grey granite breaks up the space.
This angle shows off the granite bar and displays the flow of the rest of the kitchen offered by the angled counters. With plenty of prep space and easy access the stove, fridge, and sinks it would be easy to move through this kitchen.
Choosing counter tops to complement both the appliances and the beautiful wood floor gives this kitchen a sense of unity and cohesion. Bright green accents and plants bring simple pops of the color while the white cabinets keep the room bright, even at night.
This refreshingly bright kitchen is a fun example of how to use color and keep your kitchen feeling open and inviting. The warm wood cabinets achieve the same light feeling of white cabinets without continuing the same trend. Instead, using white as an accent color in the bar and ceiling makes the room feel larger and doesn’t wash everything out.
The shape of the dark granite counters mimics the octagonal shape of the island and creates a natural flow around the room. Using the blue wall color in the recessed ceiling while bordering it in white bring interest up to the ceiling without making the room feel smaller or darker.
The glistening dark wood floor of this kitchen brings out the dark granite. Balancing this expanse of floor, white cabinetry and walls keep the dark wood from overpowering the room and ensure the room stays open and bright. Shiny, stainless steel appliances and matching fixtures help to brighten the room. Using white wood paneling on the ceiling is an interesting switch from a standard flat white ceiling.
Cream cabinets warm up this room without darkening it and balances the dark floor and counters. Recessed lighting above the island softens the light, reflecting it off the white ceiling and allows for a more ambient glow throughout the room. Ornate silver chairs and the glass top table complements the appliances and fixtures while adding a touch of class to the room.
The slate grey of these countertops is a lovely addition to this kitchen and balances the off-white cabinets and light wood floor well. The warm tile backsplash adds interest while accenting the floor color and pulling in the darker grey walls. The dark wood of the island contrasts the rest of the room well and allows the grey of the countertop to pop.
This lovely kitchen uses the same beautiful granite for not only the counters but the backsplash too, an excellent example of balancing the lightness of the room without having dark flooring. The gorgeous cabinet fronts keep the use of white interesting and match the lovely floor.
Here is a better angle of the use of stainless steel to accent this luxurious kitchen. The gorgeous lapis blue of the granite can also be seen here. Using a dark colored of granite is a great way to pull accent colors into the kitchen without needing the counter-clutter of decor.
The large windows allow for lots of light to pour in and brighten up the room which in turn highlights the beautiful streaking in the granite counters. Dark wood barstools add functional, warm accents to the room.
These lovely counters take center stage in this small kitchen. The wood floors and tan walls warm up the room and allow for the white cabinets and accent trim to stand out.
These stunning granite counters go well with the off-white cabinetry and powder blue walls. Accent tiles are pulled up into the room from the floor around the island and into the backsplash behind the stovetop. The kitchen maintains the rich feel of the rest of the house visible in the background.
This warm, cozy kitchen is achieved with the use of golden walls and off-white cabinets. The dark counters complements the appliances while the gorgeous woodwork around the stove hood plays focal point to the rest of the room.
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