30 White Kitchen Cabinets with Dark Countertops

Here, we share our gallery of white kitchen cabinets with dark countertops showcasing a variety of finishes, materials, and design ideas.
Kitchen with white cabinets and darker gray soapstone luxury countertops

In any interior design, colors play a vital part in determining the overall ambiance and look of a space. For common spaces, such as the living room and the kitchen, it can be observed that a simple or neutral color palette is often used that can easily blend with other interior details or accents. These details can be easily updated without having to repaint or change furniture pieces.

White Cabinets and Dark Counter Designs

White is a really popular main color of choice for common spaces, most especially for kitchen designs. White is often used for cabinets because it always gives a bright and clean look, even for more bulky & classic cabinet silhouettes.

Additionally, because cabinetry could be quite expensive, using white ensures a kitchen that will not go out of style.

Although using white cabinets has many benefits, an all-white color scheme with very flat shades tends to look too “sterile.”

A simple solution for that is to add a little contrast to the all-white cabinets. This is usually achieved through a different wall paint color, backsplash tiles, stone, or countertop color.

Darker countertops look even better when paired with white cabinetry and are less susceptible to stains and marks commonly found on light-colored countertops.

Below are some gorgeous examples of white kitchen cabinets combined with various dark countertop materials for your inspiration:

White staggered cabinets and black expansive quartz on island, and globe pendant lights

The most common combinations for contemporary kitchens are white cabinets and black granite. This example shows a simple straight edged slab of blackgranite that gives this design a more modern, sleek appeal.

White high cabinet wall kitchen with black slab with sink countertop installed on island

Using a black countertop on only the center island makes it the focal point of this small layout.

White thermofoil cabinets, brown thick quartz counter, soapstone back wall countertops and textured backsplash

The cream kitchen cabinets with black solid granite counters help bring more brightness to the wood-dominated kitchen-dining area.

Contemporary custom kitchen with dark soapstone honed countertops and backsplash

By using a gorgeous soapstone countertop for this giant kitchen island, you effectively make this massive counter the focal point of the layout, even if you use the same material on the wall counters and backsplash. The large, clear surface area lets you showcase the natural veins and patterns of the selected stone.

Black and white combination quartz bookmatched countertops

This type of Granite is known for its unique speckled pattern that really draws attention. Because of the intricate natural pattern/grains of this material, it is best to combine it with plain surfaces such as an all-white cabinetry and a solid-colored or a matching backsplash.

All-White Cabinets with Black Countertops

Using black countertops with white cabinetry gives an even bolder contrast that gives a modern & contemporary vibe to any space. To add color to the space, you can bring in decor items such as small appliances.

Color can also spice up the design through wall coverings, backsplash, and artwork. Here are some gorgeous examples:

U shaped kitchen floorplan, black with white vein quartz

A contemporary design that uses black quartz countertop peninsula paired with white paneled modular cabinets was combined with open shelves in natural wood finish.

Black shiny countertops with birch wood flooring

Because the majority of the finishes used in this large space are light-white cabinetry, light gray walls, and pale beech wooden floors – using black granite countertops helps put the whole look together by adding balance and contrast to the space.

Kitchen with soapstone counters and marble Carrara backsplash

A vintage-inspired look is achieved by using off-white on the cabinets that complement the classic architectural details of the space. Using a satin finished black countertop, we help add a touch of modern detail to give it a more updated appeal.

Modern peninsula kitchen with slab quartz countertops

Black granite was used to wrap around the top and the sides of the large kitchen island in this modern space.

Cottage kitchen with charming black polished countertops and wood plank flooring

Glossy midnight-black granite is the perfect pair for this simple all-white cabinetry.

Black Granite

Black granite countertops are a natural choice to contrast against white cabinets. Granite is timeless, durable, and looks beautiful.

White open galley kitchen layout, black stone countertops and mosaic backsplash

The black granite countertops, with their subtle black and gray specks, definitely pair well with the black and gray glass mosaic tiles used on the backsplash. Moreover, they perfectly give contrast against the flat-white finish of the cabinetry.

Kitchen with granite spotted island and wood base island and vinyl flooring

The polished-black granite used on the island counter uses a bullnose edge and rounded corners for added safety and comfort.

Cooks kitchen with cupboards, absolute black topped granite and eat in island

For this large classic country style kitchen, the diagonally-oriented island tapers-off the corners of its black granite countertop to make the space safer for its users.

Antique White Cabinetry with Black Granite Countertops

Kitchen with antique cream cabinets and granite surfaces with copper tray ceiling

From the intricate coffer ceiling and the classic French provincial cabinets, this large floor plan is definitely the vintage kitchen of our dreams. The antique white kitchen cabinets are topped with dark polished granite countertops to add a modern touch to the space.

Modern Cabinets with Black Countertops

Modern open kitchen plan, white flat panel cabinets, black main countertops and gray island

This is an excellent example of a modern flat-panel white kitchen that uses black granite countertops to help add more depth to the all-white color of the cabinetry.

Modern new home kitchen featuring black speckled quartz waterfall countertop on island

This speckled-black granite top with bold white speckles adds a subtle texture/pattern to the very simple all-white scheme of the room.

All-white cabinets with dark shade countertops and gray wall paint

This small L-shape kitchen layout keeps a consistent black-and-white color scheme for its counters, appliances, and furniture pieces. A black galaxy granite countertop was used to give the shaker cabinetry a more modern appeal.

White Cupboard Kitchen and Black Marble Countertops

Sleek White and black cabinets with marble countertop island

Something is stunning about the combination of white cabinetry and black marble countertops in kitchens. This modern statement design uses white and black cabinets with a spectacular marble slab backsplash with streaks of gold and cream veining to create an amazing impression.

White Surface Cabinets With Gray Countertops

Contemporary designed kitchen with gray thick quartz, center island and arabesque backsplash

If you want a softer contrast and retain a contemporary feel, using gray for your countertop is a nice alternative.

This modern design uses gray countertops in combination with its white-paneled shaker cabinetry. See more gray and white kitchen ideas on this gallery page.

Modern White storage cabinets and stainless steel countertop and legs on island

For this modern open concept kitchen, stainless steel was used as a countertop instead of natural stone. Popular for commercial kitchens, stainless steel is often lauded for its ease of maintenance and durability.

Small kitchen with smoke grey countertops, white subway tile backsplash and peninsula

A satin/semi-matte black granite appears a bit lighter than polished granite in this kitchen peninsula design. If you want your counter a bit lighter, you can use a semi-matte finish granite instead.

Kitchen with gray granite countertops and shiplap island

This large shiplap kitchen island uses a gray salt and pepper countertop to give the surface a more rugged look.

Kitchens with White Painted Cabinets and Brown Countertops

Luxury white glazed distressed maple cabinets and brown island with brown granite counters

Brown countertops can also be paired with distressed-white cabinetry if you prefer a warmer look for your home. This French style kitchen uses a gorgeous slab of Persa Brown granite to complement the walnut countertop and the cream colored cupboards.

White recessed panel cabinets, brown mottled quartz countertop and black soapstone

By using a fantasy brown quartz countertop, the large island instantly becomes the focal point of this modern kitchen that’s mostly composed of black-and-white. The center cooktop is framed by a reflective silver chevron pattern tile backsplash.

Kitchen with antique white distressed door cabinets and dark brown speckled granite

These brown granite counters give just the right amount of warmth to this classic style off-white cabinetry.

Kitchen with beadboard island and wood slab countertops

To complement the exposed wooden beams on the ceiling, this bright modern farmhouse style uses a dark solid wood slab as its countertop, resulting in a modern farmhouse feel with a rustic touch.

Kitchen with Cabinets In White and Dark Countertop Island

White high ceiling kitchen with shiny counter island

This gorgeous kitchen-dining space has a generous ceiling height, making the design look light and airy.

Because the main counters use pure-white quartz countertops, the glossy-black solid surface countertop on the island stand out more. A large sink is built-in to the island, with plenty of space on either side for food preparation.

Stylish white shaker cabinets and dark quartz countertop surface island

This large kitchen island design uses a black granite countertop to add more color and texture variety to this modern transitional style room.

Contemporary kitchen with main cabinets in white, brown quartz island, and black solid quartz with porcelain tile backsplash

This beautiful contemporary design brings together white Shaker cabinets with a brown quartz island with a dark gray wood base.

The main cabinetry is of matte-black quartz to provide contrast, while the light gray porcelain tile backsplash helps offer visual interest to the back wall. The brushed metal hardware and range hood tie in with the backsplash to match the gray island for a cohesive design.

See more kitchen countertop ideas with white cabinets here.

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