15 Kitchen Countertop Ideas with White Cabinets

Here, we share kitchen countertop ideas with white cabinets for various design styles, different materials, and dark, light, bold, & stylish options.

different kitchen designs with white colored cabinets

White cabinets are an easy choice since they will match just about any color countertops, so you are not stuck in a box when selecting the other finishes in the kitchen. White cabinets are extremely versatile and offer many different styles to choose from for your kitchen design.

Different types of kitchen countertops can be paired with white cabinets to give them a specific aesthetic to the space, depending on the style you want. Below, we’ve shared the most popular ways to pair countertops with white cabinets.

Get Dark Countertops

Modern kitchen with white cabinets and black leather finish quartz countertops

Adding a bold, dark contrast to white cabinets gives an edgy look. The difference between the dark and light is perfect for a contemporary or modern kitchen but also works for a number of other styles.

This black soapstone island adds allure and contrast to the design and coordinates well with the stainless steel range and appliances.

Country kitchen with white cabinets, black granite countertops and walnut flooring

One of the best ways to tie the cabinets and the countertops together is to have a dark countertops with swirls or flecks of cream floating in the surface that match the white cabinets. This helps those pieces pop out in the darker background of the countertop.

The L-shaped kitchen with a central storage island features the same dark granite and is offset with the light color cabinetry, beige paint, and light wood flooring.

Kitchen with white cabinets, dark granite countertops, tile backsplash and brown wall paint

Darker countertops can be either cool or warm colors, which gives it a wide variety of uses and is a very common choice when it comes to white cabinets. See more examples of white kitchens with dark countertops here.

Bright and Light Countertops

Kitchen with white cabinets, white marble countertops, tile backsplash and wood flooring

Like the dark colors mentioned above, lighter countertop selections are also available in cool and warm tones, offering endless uses and pairings. The Yellows, beiges, and creams all pair nicely with white to give a soft and warm aesthetic to the space.

Kitchen countertops have to be ready for anything — a slice from a paring knife that goes off course or a slosh of grape juice intent on staining the surface. – Practical Hints and Tips: Household, 1995

Silver cabinet hardware, an island sink, the stainless steel range appliance, and large metal pendants add a reflective touch that helps the room to be contemporary and stylish. Four bar stools and an open-concept allow for entertaining many people or relaxing with friends and family.

Kitchen with white cabinets and white and gray quartz countertops

Cooler, light grays and pure whites can give a light and fresh appearance to the kitchen. With these light colors, it is also easy to add more accented designs to the countertops; whether it is dark veining or accent pieces on the counters, white gives a pretty clean slate for creativity to take over.

The abundance of windows and a skylight bring in plenty of natural light to enhance the design elements, hardware finishes, and striations and veining in the marble counters.

Beautiful open concept kitchen with white cabinets and white quartz countertops

Going all-white, or all-light gives an airy and open look that will fit into many different styles. Adding the previously mentioned veining or flecks to a countertop will keep the open and light feeling to the room without the space feeling too clinical or being able to see any tiny piece of dust or crumb. These are hidden easily with minor breaks in the pure-white or off-white kitchen.

Utilizing large windows to get as much natural light as possible creates an inviting backdrop and a sense of well-being. The floor-to-ceiling Shaker cabinets with glass doors offer plenty of opportunity for storage and decor items.

Bold Color Countertops

Kitchen with white cabinets with bold white and green marble countertops

As mentioned previously, having white cabinets’ means you can pick virtually ANY Countertop your heart desires. This includes accenting the counters with a bright blue, inviting green or alluring red countertop. Going bold can be the turning point of a boring black-and-white counter, screaming class and luxury.

This is a design idea that is better done as less of an impulse and more thought out to make sure the other accents in the kitchen will coordinate. With the light Shaker cabinets the vibrant counter selection does all the talking while the cabinets even it so it doesn’t overwhelm the space.

Black & White

Kitchen with white cabinets and white and black countertops

Combining black and white counters can give you just the right mix of contrast for your kitchen design. This design creates plenty of visual interest and can be used to achieve a traditional black-and-white design.

The island features polished black granite, while the white quartz of the back counters and matching backdrop with under-cabinet lighting help keep things light and airy.

Contemporary kitchen with Dallas white granite countertops and white shaker cabinets

A black and white style Dallas granite countertop and peninsula can also provide an inviting mix for this kitchen design.

Stylish Gray

Kitchen with white cabinets and gray quartz countertops white tile backsplash and wood flooring

Gray laminate countertops look stylish when combined with white cabinets and are often used in modern and contemporary kitchen designs. These countertops are the right shade for not coming across as too dark. Since gray is the perfect neutral color, it can help even out bright cabinetry and help it appear more even.

Countertop Materials for White Kitchen Cabinet Designs

White kitchen with gray quartz countertop

As important as the color chosen to pair with white cabinetry is, the material is just as important. Some of the materials are only available in certain colors, as each different material has its own natural or man-made patterns that are associated with the material. White cabinets give a pretty forgiving palette in this situation, so most options are pretty valid to pair with.

Quartz Countertops

Kitchen with white cabinets and gray quartz countertops

A slab of quartz is one of the most sought-after finishes when it comes to countertops. Quartz countertops pair beautifully with white cabinets in a light shade or off-white with varying flecks and veins that keep the space neutral and natural. This material is particularly common in more traditional kitchens.

Pure White Quartz


Pure white quartz in a two tone cabinet kitchen

Pure white quartz is an engineered stone made with ground quartz, other types of recycled crushed stone, and pigments and resins. They are attractive and pair beautifully with white cabinets to create a crisp, clean look.

To add colors, look to bring in finishes in brass or black for the cabinet pulls and knobs, as well as wood finishes for open shelving, bar stools, and flooring. By using colorful decor pieces and accessories, you can add color to the space.

Black Quartz

black quartz on island and counters with white shaker cabinetry

A black and white pairing of countertops and cabinets is a classic combination that offers timeless elegance and almost always looks stunning in the kitchen. Black quartz countertops matched with white cabinets bring just enough dark tones to add intrigue and style without overwhelming the senses.

You can go for pure black quartz or add more nuance by choosing a black stone with intricate veining and specks of color throughout. These can be further highlighted by using the same shades in your other kitchen decor, appliances, hardware finishes, and accessories.

Granite Countertops

Kitchen with white cabinets and yellow granite countertops

One of the most popular choices for natural stone is granite countertops. Granite like other natural stone such as marble, quartz is extremely durable when compared to other types of countertops. Granite is still a top choice due to the abundance of colors available as well as its price and natural beauty.

Unfortunately, natural stone materials will not be able to come in a perfectly pure white color due to the naturalness of it. That being said, natural stone counters come in a variety of unique colors that can fit into the design you have in mind. See more examples of kitchens with white cabinets and granite countertops here.

Concrete Countertops

Industrial kitchen with concrete counter and island with white cupboards

Concrete surfaces are durable, fit various kitchen designs, and offer a unique look. They can have different surface finishes depending on your needs, including a smooth surface or textured for a more rugged element. Whichever finish you choose must be sealed to prevent stain absorption, as concrete is a porous material.

These countertops go with clean white cabinetry and coordinate well with stainless steel appliances, and silver or black hardware finishes. A white kitchen paired with concrete countertops can often give the feel of combining a touch of the rustic industrial aesthetic with modern, depending on your cabinet choice.

High Gloss Laminate Countertops

high gloss laminate surface counter

A high gloss laminate countertop has a really shiny finish and is constructed from many layers of plastic called (PET) or polyethylene terephthalate. It’s imparts a lovely brightness to a space and is highly durable, and resists scratching, making it an excellent choice for an active family kitchen.

You can find laminates in a variety of design styles to match the type of material you would like to have without some of their drawbacks. For instance, you can find a premium laminate sheet that resembles natural Calacatta marble and purchase it at a fraction of the price.

Wood Countertops

Kitchen with white cabinets and wood countertops and subway tile wall

Wood butcher block countertops will warmly accent the white kitchen cabinets. Adding a wood countertop makes a space feel more intimate and inviting, which is a good contrast to what could be a clinical design theme.

The white cabinets with a wood countertop even themselves out by balancing the natural and man-made elements of the space.

These are typically used in a more traditional or rustic kitchen design. It is important to ensure this wood coordinates with the other woods in the home. Wood also gives a softer feel to the space since sound echoes less off of the softer surface of wood versus a stone surface.

If you have any tips or favorite countertop products we missed, please share them in the comments.

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