IMHO (“in my humble opinion” for those non-techies) there is no right or wrong when it comes to pairing countertops with cabinets.
Ok, possibly the only exception would be a totally commercial kitchen look. All stainless steel does mandate all stainless steel.
Today, mixed matched surfaces, textures, and colors are all the rage. We call it eclectic, boho, shabby chic, arts and crafts, art deco, neoclassical, etc, etc…
Of course, here are considerations when picking the right top to compliment your cabinets.
Budget is the most important aspect in any remodel.
Countertops are a significant investment, but they pack a powerful visual punch in the overall look of the room. As with any major purchase, you will never go wrong by getting the best you can afford.
Marble and granite are high-end, in both looks and cost. Ranging from $125-$250 per square foot, the look is timeless and luxurious, but color choices are somewhat limited. Engineered stone is beautiful, easier to maintain than natural stone, and available in an array of colors. Concrete, wood, solid surface, glass and stainless steel are all moderately priced, good-looking and aesthetically pleasing. Each one comes with kudos and caveats, so do your homework and choose wisely.
There is one piece of advice that we can give you sight unseen. Before you decide to change countertops, be very certain you plan to keep your existing cabinets. Seriously, we mean, do you really plan on keeping them for as long as you live in your home? Once you install a slab of granite or marble, you will be hard pressed to find a contractor to uninstall them. Doing so will likely void the manufacture’s warranty and leave the counter vulnerable to major damage.
At the end of the discussion, it comes down to personal preference. Is there a particular color or design theme throughout your home? If so, let your instincts be your guide. If you need another pair of eyes, or an alternative opinion, contact us. You know how much we love to talk design.