Best Granite Countertops for Cherry Cabinets

I was recently asked a question about working with existing cherry cabinets in a kitchen:  “What is the best granite countertops for cherry cabinets?”

Painting the red-undertoned cabinets was not an option. The homeowner wanted to update the countertops and didn’t know what to choose.

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There are so many options of granite, and some of them will clash with or actually further date your cherry cabinet kitchen.

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First let’s start with a bit of a wood primer – not primer as in a material used to prime a surface, but primeras in a short informative piece of writing. All woods have undertones of color, and some more than others. Cherry, mahogany, and cedar have red undertones, oak and fir have orange undertones, pine and bamboo have yellow undertones.

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When choosing paint colors and countertops, you need to keep the undertones of your wood cabinets in mind. For example, choosing a green color or even a neutral with a green undertone will make cherry or mahogany kitchen cabinets go more red.

Ok, back to the question: what are the best granite countertops for cherry cabinets?

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Cherry or mahogany cabinets are already dark, so I would steer clear of a dark granite countertop, and definitely stay away from anything with greens if you don’t want a Christmas-themed kitchen.

I would instead choose a light-colored granite that looks a bit like marble. The one that I’ve found that works best has bit of burgundy flecks in it, which work wonderfully well with red undertone cabinets: Kashmir White.

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It’s the perfect choice for lightening up a kitchen that is already darkened by red undertone cabinetry. Make sure to choose a slab that is the least-busy visually. I’d also suggest an off-white subway tile for the backsplash that relates in color to the Kashmir White granite.  It was difficult to find a photo showing that choice, even on Pinterest!

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Most of the images I found featured ultra-busy and trendy backsplash tile. NOT a good choice, in my opinion. Trendy tile + dated cabinets = not really updated. If you stay light on the countertop and classic on the backsplash, the cherry cabinets will appear sophisticated and chic (rather than dark and dated).

Agree or disagree? I’d love to hear your opinion!

 

For more countertop ideas, check this post out!

 

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Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago

Agree with everything! I have dark cherry cabinets. They’re not too bad but we just extended our dark brown cherryish wood floor into the kitchen in order to match the rest of the main level. Now it’s dark wood on dark wood, a bit much, which I knew. The next step is to have the cabinets professionally painted white and get a simple white granite/marble and white or gray subway tile. As you have written before, a white kitchen is always crisp and classic. Some people in our neighborhood have freaked when I have mentioned our plan to paint our… Read more »

Sarah M
Sarah M
5 years ago

Thanks, great suggestions! I’m over granite too!

Donna Frasca
5 years ago

Let’s just say just about anything but the gold-brown granite that I see in just about everyone’s home. I love the light grays with specs of burgundy and I have a slab of it in my home bar which is based around burgundy. I say keep it light and let the dark cabinets be the main feature.

Dolores
Dolores
5 years ago

I too have cherry cabinets but mine are much lighter in color- more of a natural, but aged warm cherry look, and I am planning for new counters this summer. I am not fond of granite, I do like the quartz, but I have decided to do soapstone counters. I have to note that granite counters are not so popular anymore here on the East Coast, instead people are gravitating more to quartz. My daughter just bought a house, and ripped out all the black granite countertops and replaced them with quartz.I just find granite to be a very busy… Read more »

Becky
Becky
4 years ago

I was just reading these comments to see if anyone talked about Quartz with Cherry Cabinets. Do you have a color of quartz that goes with cherry cabinets? I would love some more opinions on this as we are keeping our cabinets but updating our countertops and backsplash.

Pamela
Pamela
5 years ago

I rarely comment anything negative so please accept this thought in the best light. The use of the words”further date” the cherry cupboards struck a nerve with me. Some of your readers may be like me, older,/mature and established. We love our cherry cupboards. Ours are dark cherry designed w/shuttered doors since we live in the subtropics and our area has a lot of Bahamian Colonial influence. We chose our stain based on our Ethan Allen solid cherry case goods. Picture this with white slipcovered camel back sofas and lots of dark wicker plantation style chairs. Like most homes here… Read more »

Pamela
Pamela
5 years ago

I HAVE seen your adorable kitchen! It’s darling. We have a small 90s era lake house in northern MI. It is a prefab w/very busy oak cabinets, pink Formica counters and filled with orangey pine furniture! I have hopes of someday having the look your kitchen has of fun vintage, solid construction with loads of charecter. I’m not offended by the post, just want the world to know some of us are more interested in classic style than being up with the current style.

Cathy
Cathy
2 years ago

Hi Pamela, I am getting ready to remodel my kitchen. Our house is 3200 SF and we are planning to stay another 5-10 years before we downsize. I have gone back and forth on natural unstained wood or painted wood. Both are beautiful. However, I really love natural wood. I absolutely love hickory but it will not appeal to most future buyers as it is used mainly in mountain homes (which is my dream place to live). My cabinet maker suggested I get cherry which definitely has more character than the typical overused maple. The price of cherry is almost… Read more »

Roxane
Roxane
6 months ago

Keep your old cherry cabinets!!! I have been studying cabinet construction in anticipation of a kitchen remodel. I usually test the paint job on cabinets by using my finger nail on just the back side of display demo doors. I have yet to find a cabinet that did not nick the paint down to bare wood with medium pressure from my finger nail! I shutter to think how many families with children are buying these poorly painted cabinets! Thousands of $$$ wasted! This realization is what has now shifted my husband and I into buying wood cabinets. Moreover, we are… Read more »

Gail
Gail
2 years ago
Reply to  Pamela

You know it! Totally agree. And I bet not a FARMHOUSE sign in sight! 😀

Kim
Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  Pamela

I love cherry, not everyone should be copy cats with gray and white

Kate Falkiner
Kate Falkiner
5 years ago

I, too, have Shaker style cherry cabinets and a husband who would have a fit at the thought of painting over them! We installed them 13 years ago along with Silestone Rosa Gray quartz countertops (when everyone was doing granite). They are not, thankfully, gold-brown – but rather gray, white and black with flecks of pink. It is the flecks of pink that bug me now 13 years later. Thank you for suggesting Kashmir White, I now know what to do to update. And, you are right, I can never find photos of updated cherry kitchens on the web to… Read more »

Michelle
5 years ago

Absolutely agree! Last year I visited several granite yards to find the right granite to match my shaker style cherry cabinets. We really wanted to brighten up our kitchen by replacing our dark grey counter tops. Kashmir white was impossible to find at the time due to some issue with the quarry, so we went with a St. Cecilia White which tied in white, charcoal, and cranberry flecks. I love how the cranberry flecks look with our cabinets. We also selected a white dimensional subway tile backsplash with charcoal grout which worked wonders in brightening the space. I still wish… Read more »

Diane
Diane
5 years ago

When I redid my kitchen, I looked at all the types of available counter tops, and kept on going back to granite. I’ve just always loved the way it looks. I now have white cabinets, stainless appliances, a white pillow subway tile back splash, and azul aran counters. And I couldn’t be happier with the way it all looks. Different strokes 🙂

Barb V.
Barb V.
5 years ago

Okay, now that you’ve opened this door, what quartz color(s?) would you suggest for those of us stuck with Oak cabinets? Anything that will downplay the orange and the wood grain would be appreciated. May paint some day but not in the near future. Thanks. Interesting discussion, as always!

Robin
Robin
3 years ago

Sooooo, we have been shopping around for quartz countertops to go with our cherry cabinets and I came across your wonderful blog. Have you written anything since regarding quartz with cherry? I haven’t been able to find anything other than these comments. We are looking at LG Viatera Oyster, Everest, and Aria and my husband is in love with Silestone Moon White granite (it’s his top choice) but I keep seeing a bit of a green tone to the moon white.

Pamela
Pamela
5 years ago
Reply to  Barb V.

Why not keep your current counters? If your not painting the cabinets right now why put lots of money into stone counters? If you have laminate counters wouldn’t something like a counter transformation kit be better at this point? Or pay someone to just paint the cupboards instead if it is too big of a job for you to do yourself. I think updating cherry cabinets with a stone counter makes sense as they can look upscale, I don’t think that applies to orange oak cabinets.

Cheryl
5 years ago

Spot on! Nice article!

Jo Galbraith
5 years ago

Great article Kristie! I agree it is hard to find examples of wood cabinets with light quartz countertops and plain subway tile backsplash – my favourite – instead of the trendy busy busy tile that I see everywhere!

Kate
Kate
5 years ago

I too am over granite. My house has over 30 feet of black granite (wraparound counters, window ledges, island and butler’s pantry). A window installer cracked a granite ledge a few years ago and it was a NIGHTMARE to replace. After much searching for something that could pass for being from a similar quarry, the fabricator accidentally mixed up slabs (my contractor had the same last name as another who also ordered an Uba Tuba, and that was how the fabricator tracked orders!). Then they denied responsibility so the idea of going through a replacement search, dealing with contractors and… Read more »

Kate
Kate
5 years ago

I too am over granite. My house has over 30 feet of black granite (wraparound counters, window ledges, island and butler’s pantry). A window installer cracked a granite ledge a few years ago and it was a NIGHTMARE to replace. After much searching for something that could pass for being from a similar quarry, the fabricator accidentally mixed up slabs (my contractor had the same last name as another who also ordered an Uba Tuba, and that was how the fabricator tracked orders!). Then they denied responsibility so the idea of going through a replacement search, dealing with contractors and… Read more »

MK
MK
5 years ago

I could not agree with you more! We bought a model home simply because it was a very long-distance move into a smallish town with not many housing options in the way of purchasing AND not many good rental options for a temporary housing. The builder had put in cherry cabinets with a VERY busy granite that has a cream background but it has large splotches of varying shades of brown. Bless his heart, every time the builder stops by for anything he comments about how he loves the granite, that he picked it out himself and is so proud… Read more »

Laura Bervig
Laura Bervig
5 years ago

Great article! I too have cherry cabinets but mine are more of a “spice” color and have more of an orange undertone. I would like to update my countertops from the existing Formica and wondered if the light colored granite like the Kashmir would work with my color also?

Nancy
Nancy
5 years ago

This comes at a perfect time! I have that same “spice stain” cabinetry but the cabinets are maple. I’m having a horrible time with choosing wood floors for the adjoining family room and dining room. The kitchen is in the center of the house with FR, DR, LR entryways around it..In one light the cabinets are reddish, another brownish yellow. I’m to the point of tears as I read your info on “mixing woods” and am more confused than ever..help please!

Donna
Donna
5 years ago

What can be done to update white washed oak cabinets other than paint them? They are “pinking” up as they age. Definitely needs an update!

Gina
5 years ago

Hi! I’m relieved to see this article. I do love the look of white classic kitchens, for sure, but I’m in the process of choosing everything for my dream home build and want it RIGHT!! Our house will be nestled in the woods, on a hill, in the middle of 160 acres. The barn and original 1860’s brick house will be somewhat visible through the trees. That being said, I feel a white kitchen would be the wrong choice. I’m leaning toward some shade of cherry or maple (???) shaker style, with a bit of a rustic vibe, but NOT… Read more »

Aimee
Aimee
5 years ago

I too have cherry cabinets, black uba tuba, beige backsplash and sage green walls (which the entire house is painted-ugghh). We moved into this house and kitchen a year and a half ago and I have since scoured pinterest and houzz to no avail to find examples of cherry cabinets and how to fix/change this kitchen (other than a complete renovation) that I hate and make it brighter space. Thanks for the pics and ideas!

susie
susie
4 years ago
Reply to  Aimee

Interested in your outcome. We have exact same color combination in a home we recently purchased built 12 years ago.

Linda Culp
Linda Culp
5 years ago

My kitchen is 15 years old. We did the white wash over oak (white oak, maybe. No grain to speak of.). The varnish has now yellowed, so I want to paint them an off white. I have solid black granite. My trim is SW Collector’s White. Please give me a paint color suggestion! I don’t want a stark white, but am unsure if I should use the trim color, or another color. Also, what finish should be used?

Linda
Linda
5 years ago

Thank you so much!

Linda
Linda
5 years ago

Thank you so much!

denise
denise
5 years ago

Great post! You’re so right about there being almost no pictures available showing updated cherry cabinets. Our house had medium cherry cabinets and uba tuba granite with a tan tile backsplash chosen by the builder. I liked it pretty well at first since we were coming from a kitchen with white cabinets. But over time I just felt like the colors made our kitchen a black hole! Since the cabinets are custom, solid wood, it seemed a shame to paint them. Plus, it was really the counters that I hated. So we tore out the backsplash and the counters. We… Read more »

Sue
Sue
2 years ago
Reply to  denise

Do you have a picture? I have custom cherry and hate to paint them also. Curious how yours looks. I was considering that same combination

Royal Marble Inc.
5 years ago

I agree with you. Your choice of a marble, paint colors and countertops is very impressive. Your home looks like a heaven.

Lisa Kapp
Lisa Kapp
5 years ago

I just bought a house w/cherry cabinets/ubatuba granite/weird bronze tile backsplash. I’m definitely looking into the counter/backsplash recommendations you have. Thanks so much!

Another thing that bugs me is the flooring. I want to replace the hardwood b/c it’s not in great shape. Would you recommend some hardwoods that would complement the cherry?

Pics of kitchen can be found here:
http://www.howardhanna.com/property/property.asp?PRM_MLSNumber=3698480&PRM_MlsName=NorthernOH

Thank you!!

Thank you!

Lisa Kapp
Lisa Kapp
5 years ago

Thank you for this post!!! I just bought a house w/cherry cabinets/uba tuba granite/weird bronze tile backsplash. Looking into Kashmire white/white subway tile combo. I want to replace hardwood floors as well – don’t like the ones that are there. Can you recommend some updated hardwood colors that would work w cherry cabs? Pics of kitchen are on this site:

http://www.howardhanna.com/property/property.asp?PRM_MLSNumber=3698480&PRM_MlsName=NorthernOH

Thx!!!

Deanna R. Jones
5 years ago

I’m remodeling my entire kitchen now that I’ve settled into my new home. I’ve just installed my new cherry cabinets, so I just have to find the perfect granite countertops to go with them. I thought your made an excellent point my stating that light colored granite would look best with cherry cabinets. It seems like a good way to try to brighten up the kitchen a bit. My kitchen is a bit dim right now until I can get some new lighting fixtures installed, so I could use a light countertop to make the kitchen look a bit brighter.

paige smith
5 years ago

I did not know that there are so many colorful options for granite counter tops. I only thought that these counter tops came in white and black. These are really good ideas for my summer project to redo the kitchen.

Densi
Densi
5 years ago

What do you think about Viatera’s Aria with medium-toned cherry cabinets? I was all set to go until I noticed a few small flecks of blue in the sample.

Glenn
Glenn
5 years ago

Great post! looking for your recommendations on the countertop replacement. We have crema marfil marble floors with cherry cabinets with English Brown granite countertops (too dark). We want to go with lighter countertops but are having a hard time finding the right choice. Appreciate any suggestions you have for us!

Glenn
Glenn
5 years ago

Thank you. We’ll check it out this weekend!

Glenn
Glenn
5 years ago

we saw some polished and brushed Taj Mahal Quartzite which looked nice. What do you think about the Taj Mahal quartzite countertop on cherry cabinets with crema marfil marble floors?

Jamie
Jamie
5 years ago

Anyone have any thoughts on a backsplash? We have concluded that we want “Alaskan White” granite but the husband and I cannot agree or find anything we think “connects the granite with the backsplash. The attached picture is what we have now. SOOOO ready to brighten and lighten things up. Any thoughts or help greatly appreciate!!

Douglas Brown
Douglas Brown
5 years ago

At first I didn’t even think about it, but we had cherry cabinets and I suggest a type of granite that had a green tint. My wife simply laughed, and then moved on to the next color. I will admit, it took me longer than it should have to realize that that would have been a Christmas themed kitchen, like you said! Now, I just try to stay out of the planning phase 🙂 Any tips for a man with no idea how to help?

Kirsten Leedy
Kirsten Leedy
5 years ago

This is a great post. I am so nervous to make a counter top choices. I really don’t want granite. If I had to, I like the Giallo ornamental, but really it is so busy. I’m willing to fight for quartz, but what tone? I like the photo you used as an example. It is similar to a look I am going for. We are installing maple shaker style cabinets with a ginger stain. Our existing floor is 12″ porcelain tiles that are off white, with subtle white “marbling.” I have begun to think that a light colored quartz is… Read more »

Colleen
5 years ago

These are great suggestions and a very informative article. Granite Emporium offers a wide range of high-quality granite options for residents of the Chicagoland area who are looking to update their counter-tops to better match their cherry cabinets. Visit our website at http://www.granitemporium.com to view our beautiful stone options.

Ginger
Ginger
5 years ago

This was a very timely article for me. We just purchased a home with cherry cabinets (the stain is cherry spice) and a very dated faux marble, green laminate countertop. We just found a beautiful quartz yesterday called Snowcap, which is cream with “veins” of a color very similar to the cabinet color running throughout. I like your suggestion of a white/cream subway tile for the backsplash. But I am having a difficult time choosing cabinet pulls. I’m not a fan of a high shine silver pull with the cabinets but a darker bronze color just blends in with the… Read more »

Melissa Slaton
5 years ago

Great, concise article. Design goes a long way for making your kitchen stand out and bring in the atmosphere that you want. I have been reminded here of the importance of the wood’s undertones. Finding the best color to suit you is a matter of also understanding the color scheme of the wood. The images you have contrast the colors found on the granite top and the wooden cabinets. If you aren’t certain, it’s best to consult when looking for granite tops.

Again, great article! Loved the information provided.

San
San
5 years ago

How is the review of kashmire white grante. Is there an alternative to kashmire white grantine?

Ann Perkins
Ann Perkins
5 years ago

We have cherry cabinets and the only light granites in our price point are called “Dallas White” and “Arabesco”.
Have you ever seen these? Do you think one of these could work well with cherry cabinets? Our cabinets lean towards brown and are not as red as some.

Ann Perkins
Ann Perkins
5 years ago

Also in our price range is “New Venetian Gold”. But based on this previous posts, I am thinking it would be too busy and dark for the cherry?

Sandy
Sandy
5 years ago

What are your thoughts on Mont Blanc (some call it Taj Mahal) Quartzite for Kitchen Countertops along with Darker Cherry cabinetry ?

Robert Warren
5 years ago

These are really good examples. Cherry cabinets are a beautiful addition to any home. It seems as though many colors are suitable for cherry cabinets because it is a warm-neutral tone. It really comes down to the preference of cherry wood or another wood color.

Val Rocha
Val Rocha
4 years ago

What great article Kristie! I just recently used your information to bring to life the exactly concept you show here on this post! My client had the same cherry cabinets and had already decided on using a different granite with lots of green and reds undertones. After reading your blog she now has a beautiful kitchen with cherry cabinets and kashimir white granite countertops. I will be posting pictures of the before and after project soon! 😉

Rhonda Hooson
Rhonda Hooson
4 years ago

Hi Kristie – I noticed that you didn’t seem to reply to the 2 questions about Taj Mahal quartizite. We’re building a new home in Hawaii with a tropical theme so I went with mahogany shaker cabinets and trim, ivory travertine floors and light beige walls. I think we’ll do this in all the bathrooms as well and I’m about to purchase Taj Mahal for the kitchen and bathroom countertops. It’d great to get your input. Thank you!

Rhonda Hooson
Rhonda Hooson
4 years ago

Great! Thanks very much Kristie!

Linda Tucker
4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this advice on using the right type of granite with cherry cabinets. This is the perfect guide for me, especially since I plan on getting cherry wood cabinets in my kitchen soon. However, I wasn’t sure whether to go with dark or light granite. I can definitely see your point on how dark granite would get the kitchen too moody– I’ll be sure to start looking at lighter colors instead! The lighter grey colored counters you have pictured look spectacular with the rich wood, too!

John Anderson
4 years ago

I want to get granite counters when I buy a house. I like the look and feel of it, and it is easy to clean. It makes sense that lighter counter top would look better with darker cabinets like cherry wood.

sdowney
sdowney
4 years ago

Agree, this post is AWESOME. How to ‘update’ cherry cabinets to appear modern and bright. So much of it seems to be the countertop, the flooring, and then paint. I was psyched about your suggestion for Kashmir White, even though I thought granite was not as ‘hip’ as quartz and then I read that you don’t really like granite either as your first choice, but it appeared to work to meet the ‘lighter’ goal. So I’m still excited, till I read the point about the more orange/spice cherry… which is what I think I have… and I’m back to square… Read more »

Michelle
Michelle
4 years ago

I have cherry cabinets and I’m going to redo my kitchen… What would you suggest I use for counter top ( granite or Quartz ) flooring ( travertine) backsplash ( I would like a natural stone)

Thank you in advance for your advice and time

ashng
ashng
4 years ago

Kristie, do or don’t using same granite for both counter top and backplash?

Ashng
Ashng
4 years ago

Even the light color like Kashmire White, you still think better not to use same granite for both?

Aimee
Aimee
4 years ago

If I can’t afford to rip out all the granite paired with cherry cabinets, what about changing just back splash? What would you suggest with Tan Brown granite? Also, could I change my island to lighter color counter? It’s a very large island? If so, would I do granite or could I change to quarts?

Betty
Betty
4 years ago

I am locked into cherry cabinets for our new home but would like something different for island. Do you have any suggestions to make the cherry more up to date? Thanks for ideas for countertops!

Karen
Karen
4 years ago

What about suggestions for higher grade to exotic granites that pair with the browner cherry cabinets, as Kashmir white is nice, but maybe a little too common. I am wanting to put in a light gray floor though out my whole house (including kitchen) ……so you can see the mess I have!

Deepali
Deepali
4 years ago

I loved this article. I am going to have dark cherry cabinets with cotton white granite and very light colored porceline tiles with no glossy finish. I am still confused how to choose my backsplash but do you think above combination would look good in a small narrow kitchen?
We did not go for dark colors because our kitchen is kind of narrow and very different than usual kitchens.

DThanks,
Deepali

Steph
Steph
4 years ago

Kristie, what flooring color would you suggest with this palette? I was thinking of something with a grey tone? Also, do you think dark grey grout on the subway tile would look okay?

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