Designer Chris Gibson
Get to know more about Designer Chris Gibson, his passion for kitchens and, his love for Brunswick County.
Q&A with CHRIS GIBSON – Owner / Designer
Chris loves bringing people together and believes in the Golden Rule. If you get to know him, you’ll soon recognize he is a family man, community steward, and good neighbor. It’s these characteristics that have molded him for his role as a small business owner and kitchen designer here at Brunswick Cabinets and Countertops. It’s also why you’ll find, he always strives to do right by you.
A home improvement professional with hundreds of successful projects under his belt. Chris’ motivation to work hard for his customers is fueled by his sincere desire to bring the end product to life. He views design as a form of art and genuinely loves to see it all come together. Kitchens are a love but you’ll get his full attention for any space you desire to bring to life.
The Brunswick County resident
As a resident and lover of laid-back living, Chris will reply when asked if he could live anywhere that he’d live “right where I’m at.” With free time, you might spot him driving over the bridge at Holden Beach to look at the ocean. If he is looking to shop, he’ll stop by Memory Cottage, Coastal Cottage Shoppe, or the ArtShak. If it’s dinnertime and he is out of his own kitchen, he’ll be supporting local. Maybe Loco Joe’s, Wing and Fish or Inlet View. If it’s dessert, it’s no contest. He’ll be at Beaches and Cream.
Personal Interior Style
Favorite Paint Color
Favorite Cabinet Style for Kitchens
“Anything with clean lines.”
If you weren't a designer, what would you be?
The Heart of the Home
When you love bringing people together, especially family, a kitchen can symbolize the “heart of a home”. When you love to cook, it’s probably not a surprise to anyone that the kitchen is your favorite room of the home.
To Chris, a well-designed kitchen has the potential to be the central gathering space of a home. And, it’s for this reason that he loves helping people design kitchens they will love.
If you are seeking to make your kitchen the heart of your home, you’ll appreciate the fact that Chris’ love for cooking makes him the perfect designer for those seeking a functional space. You’ll also appreciate that he brings an open mind and a listening ear to his customers wants and needs. With your vision, Chris can navigate almost any situation to help you make your dreams come to life.
Where to invest when purchasing new cabinets and countertops for your kitchen?
“Real wood cabinets. Never spend that kind of money on pressed wood.”
Best advice when considering a kitchen remodel
“Planning. Look in books, online, in nature come up with ideas. Once you have a vision I can show you how to make it work.”
What's Every Kitchen Need?
Kitchen Design Spotlight: The Alexander Project
The Alexander Project
When it’s been at least 35 years since your home’s last kitchen renovation and your home was actually built in the 1930s, it’s safe to assume as a homeowner there might be a couple of updates you’d like to make.
For this kitchen remodel, the Alexanders were looking to update their 100% pine kitchen and renovate for their own taste.
Chris’ Takeaway on the Project
“Their kitchen is so different in its look now and I feel lucky to be a part of making that happen for them.“
Check out the before and after pictures of the Alexander Project and learn more about Chris’ approach for helping the Alexanders save money in the Shallotte feature story “Advanced Shopping Yields Savings in Shallotte“.
Cabinet and Countertop Pairings
Curated by Chris
Brunswick Cabinets and Countertops offers curated collections and designer pairing picks to help locals begin their cabinet and countertop search.
To get an idea of the type of product available to you, check out Chris’ cabinet and countertop selections in our Curated Collections and Designer Pairings Picks.
Digital lookbooks of cabinet and countertop collections curated by Chris can be seen by visiting our Products page.
Curated Collection Spotlight: The Brunswick Artists’ Collection
To see one of Chris’ collections’, check out The Brunswick Artists’ Collection. This collection used the artwork from local artists as the spark for pairing inspiration.
Designer Pairing Picks
Chris’ designer pairing picks are handpicked with his designer’s eye. Check out the picks below to see if one of his picks matches your vision for your space. If it does and you’d like to know more about a pairing, contact us. We’d be happy to set up a call with Chris for you to discuss the pairing and any additional questions you may have.
Designer Pairing Pick: May 2022
“Earthy Three-Tone “ – Chris chose a three-tone cabinetry pairing for his May 2022 pairing.
His cabinetry selections were from Kraftmaid and Waypoint. For the uppers along the perimeter, Chris chose Kraftmaid’s Weathered Picket Fence. For the lowers, he chose Waypoint’s 470F in Painted Sage. For the island, he again chose Kraftmaid in Husk.
This three-tone option was paired with a walnut countertop surface from Burly Boards for the perimeter tops and a quartz for the island from Cambria, Inverness Frost.
Plus, Chris added a backsplash tile from Marazzi’s Urban Downtown BRX series that gives the appearance of artisanal masonry.
Overall, the pairing mix feels deeply soulful and earthy and would set the kitchen scene perfectly for some old-timey cooking!
If you’d like to learn more about “Earthy Three-Tone”, contact Chris today!
Designer Pairing Pick: April 2022
“Coastal Breeze” – Chris chose truly coastal selections for his April 2022 pairing.
Chris selected Fieldstone cabinetry to pair with quartz countertops from Silestone in Eternal Statuario.
Brunswick Tile and Flooring added to this pairing with an LVP flooring and backsplash tile. The backsplash tile from Artistic is shown in Thin Herringbone Blue. This tile will act as a focal point for any kitchen, providing a coastal vibe perfect for homeowners seeking this style while also feeling timeless.
If you’d like to learn more about “Coastal Breeze”, contact Chris today!
Designer Pairing Pick: March 2022
“St. Paddy’s Day “ – Chris chose a St. Paddy’s Day pairing for his March 2022 pairing.
His cabinetry selection was the Onyx door style shown in Frost from Fabuwood’s Allure collection. This door style and color will keep a kitchen bright and airy for modern vibes, especially when paired with the countertop selection. Chris chose an elegant marble countertop, Infinity Blue. To bring out the green hue in the countertop, Chris partnered with our sister company Brunswick Tile and Flooring to select a statement backsplash tile for the kitchen. The tile chosen was from Glazzio’s Crystile Series in Ocean Spray and this selection will further complement both the countertop and cabinet choices giving the overall kitchen a fresh coastal style. To complete the look, Chris chose a very popular LVP from Armstrong. Scandia Oak’s Midsummer Sun is a light blonde and great option for keeping the overall space light.
If you’d like to learn more about “St. Paddy’s Day”, contact Chris today!
Designer Pairing Pick: February 2022
“Cozy and Comforting” – Chris chose selections for his February 2022 pairing that feel downright cozy and comforting.
Chris selected Fabuwood’s Allure line in Oyster for his cabinetry. Oyster is a new finish for the line and is described as being a smooth beige and looks uniquely modern with black hardware. Pearl Jasmine, a quartz countertop with faint, dark grey veining was selected to blend effortlessly with the cabinets.
To add a little sparkle, Chris sought out our sister company to guide the backsplash selection. A sparkling beauty from Akua was chosen along with a white oak LVP flooring from Armstong.
If you’d like to learn more about “Cozy and Comforting”, contact Chris today!
Designer Pairing Pick: January 2022
“Macchiato “ – Chris chose a pairing reminiscent of a cafe espresso for his January 2022 pairing.
The cabinetry selection from Waypoint, Duraform Espresso, has a deep and dramatic finish that adds just the punch needed to complement the countertop selection from Sensa, White Alamo. This natural stone countertop offers homeowners a strong focal point for a modern kitchen design. The countertop will be very much like a display of art. To complement both selections, Chris collaborated with Tony Bray from Brunswick Tile and Flooring to select a grey backsplash from Chesapeake.
If you’d like to learn more about “Macchiato”, contact Chris today!
Designer Pairing Pick: December 2021
“Modern Industrial” – Chris is mixing styles for his December 2021 pairing to keep us on our toes!
His selection from Fabuwood is Nickel from the Allure Collection in the door style Imperio. Nickel is a light, neutral grey selection that will keep things light in your kitchen space. The modern airiness continues with his bright white quartz selection from Silestone in Iconic White.
Yet, the drama to this modern industrial look is taken up a notch with his backsplash selection from our sister company. The mirrored mosaic backsplash tile from Chesapeake Flooring was chosen to bring a focal point to the kitchen and will give you the illusion of more space.
More space is also an advantage of choosing a dark hue for your flooring as Chris did with his Happy Feet selection of Tivoli for this pairing. With the right color on the walls or in this case cabinets, you can trick the eyes into seeing a larger area than there really is.
If you’d like to learn more about this pairing, contact Chris today!
Designer Pairing Pick: November 2021
“Depth of the Sea” – Chris has a surprising pick in this month’s November pairing.
Chris selected a shaker-style cabinet Frost from the Quest Collection in the door style Discovery from Fabuwood Cabinetry. Frost is a crisp white cabinet that has been paired with a statement countertop from Silestone that will add dramatic contrast to the space. The quartz countertop is Cala Blue and it is described by Silestone as “deep, modern blue that simulates the balance between the depth and the surface of the sea when interacting with light”. This is a surprising selection for Chris but we think he hit it out of the park with the backsplash tile selection from Glazzio and kept the flooring selection smart with a durable LVP from Armstrong’s Rigid Core Essentials collection.
If you’d like to learn more about “Depth of the Sea”, contact Chris today!
Designer Pairing Pick: October 2021
“A Modern Farm” – Chris has selected Fabuwood a line with shorter lead times this year for his October 2021 pairing.
His cabinet door style selection is Allure in Horizon which is a beautiful grey that feels fresh, and for this pairing specifically, puts a more modern spin on the popular farmhouse style. The cabinet selection is paired with Pearl Jasmine, a quartz countertop that features a light grey veining in the overall white stone.
Keeping the pairing clean and simple Chris partnered with our sister company to select a white backsplash. The selection for this pairing is a white ceramic mosaic that also boasts a modern appeal.
If you are looking for a modern farmhouse look, this pairing is one to consider.
Designer Pairing Pick: September 2021
“Into the Woods” – Chris has selected an extremely popular, yet less traditionally coastal selection for his September pairing.
His selection from Waypoint is Painted Sage. Painted Sage is sophisticated enough to take center stage but also soothing to make you feel like you stepped into the woods. The muted green cabinetry has been paired with Eternal D’or, a countertop from Silestone, that features striking veins gold veins that will elevate the space.
To keep the cabinet and countertop choices the stars of the show, simple selections from our sister company were chosen for this pairing.
If you’d like to learn more about this pairing, contact Chris today!
Designer Pairing Pick: August 2021
“Waves” – Chris has selected Kraftmaid for his August pairing.
His selection from Kraftmaid is shown in Weathered Picket Fence and paired with a Silestone countertop in Stellar Snow.
Stellar Snow gives this pairing its sparkle with mirror-like specks of quartz. The backsplash tile from Glazzio in Blue Sea Foam from our sister company brings this pairing (and its name!) to life with the weathered flooring selection from Happy Feet shown in Aspen tying everything together.
If you are looking for a coastal style, Waves is one to consider.
Designer Pairing Pick: July 2021
“Gone Fishing” – Chris has selected CNC Cabinetry for his July pairing.
His selection from CNC is from the Elegant Collection and featured in Ocean Blue. It’s been paired with Eternal Bella, a countertop from Silestone, that features striking veins of grey that move in waves.
The whimsy collaboration pick from Brunswick Tile and Flooring gives this pairing a punch of personality perfect for this designer pairing and the LVP flooring choice from Happy Feet makes you feel as though you’ve come in from fishing right off the dock.
If you’d like to learn more about this pairing, contact Chris today!
Designer Pairing Pick: June 2021
“Breeze” – Chris has selected both Kraftmaid and CNC cabinetry for his June pairing.
His selection from Kraftmaid is shown in Cottage and from CNC’s Elegant collection he has chosen Ocean Blue. Vetrostone’s Ocean Breeze, an eco-friendly quartz countertop, unifies this designer pairing and offers a beautiful focal point to the space.
If you are looking for two-tone cabinetry with a Traditional American coastal style, this pairing just might check the box.
Note: This pairing is a part of a Designer Collection. For full product details from this pairing, check out Beaches The Collection.
Designer Pairing Pick: May 2021
“The Gibson” – Chris has selected Kraftmaid cabinetry for his May pairing.
His selection from Kraftmaid is Moonshine. Moonshine, a soft white, is given a dose of sophistication with the Richelieu hardware selection. The pull is classic yet, intricately detailed and gives the cabinetry an elevated look. The countertop selection Granite Moorland Fog for this pairing is a creamy taupe with subdued brown and grey veinings.
If you are looking for a light color canvas as the backdrop for your kitchen space, this pairing deserves a look.
Note: This pairing debuted at the Coastal Home & Lifestyle Showcase in Oak Island and is now a part of the Showcase Collection.
Designer Pairing Pick: April 2021
“A Sandy House” – Chris has selected Kraftmaid cabinetry for his April pairing.
His selection from Kraftmaid is the sandy grey color of Burmese. This cabinet’s finish is a mid-tone neutral which feels rich and calm, perfect for a sandy coastal house retreat.
Chris has paired this cabinetry with a Calendonia Granite countertop. The countertop offers shades of grays and white to give your counters an overall charcoal color appearance.
If you are looking for a pairing that feels warm yet coastal, this pairing is one to consider.
Designer Pairing Pick: March 2021
“Bring On The Drama” – Chris has chosen a dramatic selection for his March 2021 pairing.
He selected to pair Kraftmaid’s Vantage Cherry in Molasses with the granite countertop Mocha Ornamental.
This pairing’s unexpected choice of copper hardware for the cabinetry’s jewelry creates a bold statement for a traditional cabinet and countertop pairing.
Designer Pairing Pick: February 2021
“Beach House Grey” – Chris has selected Kraftmaid cabinetry for his February pairing.
This pairing is a go-to neutral with coastal influences. His selection includes Kraftmaid’s Translucent Monument Grey. This cabinet has a light finish that allows the natural wood grain to shine through which feels perfect for a beach house grey.
Chris has paired this cabinetry with a Bianca Antica granite countertop. The countertop will warm a room with taupes, browns, and a soft grey throughout.
If you are looking for a coastal kitchen with natural vibes, this pairing is one to consider. While hardware can always be switched out, we love what the polished chrome hardware from Berenson brings to this pairing against the light finish in the cabinetry. For more coastal inspiration, check out what our area’s top interior designers are predicting for the rest of 2021.
Designer Pairing Pick: January 2021
“Mesmerizing and mysterious” – Chris has chosen a bold selection for his January 2021 pairing and we think it’s a great choice for the New Year. He selected to pair Kraftmaid’s Harbor with the granite countertop Steel Gray Leathered.
This pairing sends you into the depths of the deep blue sea and leaves you with a rich, modern look.
Designer Pairing Pick: December 2020
“A Coastal Blend” – Chris has chosen the affordable Mantra cabinetry line for his December 2020 pairing. He selected to pair Mantra’s Spectra in Mineral with the granite countertop Azul Platino.
The granite countertop consists of blue with hints of black and silver making a pairing with Mantra’s Spectra in Mineral feel like a coastal blend. The countertop’s consistent pattern also makes it a great choice for larger projects.
Designer Pairing Pick: November 2020
“Warm and welcoming” – Chris has chosen the Waypoint cabinetry line for his November 2020 pairing. He selected to pair Waypoint’s 660D in the Maple Rye with the granite countertop Mocha Ornamental.
This combination while perfect for the fall season exudes a level of warmth that makes it welcoming for a kitchen all year round.
Designer Pairing Pick: October 2020
“Intense Sophistication” – Chris has chosen the Waypoint cabinetry line for his October 2020 pairing. He envisions using Waypoint’s 61040F in the Duraform Espresso with a quartz countertop from Silestone in Noir in a space designed for a wet bar or the ultimate man cave.
This intensely dark combination with white and gold veining in the countertops gives off an incredibly sophisticated vibe.
Designer Pairing Pick: September 2020
“Coastal Grey and White” – Chris has chosen the Waypoint cabinetry line for his September 2020 pairing. He envisions using Waypoint’s 540F in the dark grey Painted Boulder with a granite countertop known as both Pretoria White and Silver Frost.
The contrast of this combination gives us a perfectly cozy yet luxe coastal vibe.
Designer Pairing Pick: August 2020
“A Creamy Classic” – Chris has chosen the Fieldstone cabinetry line for his August 2020 pairing. The cabinet chosen from Fieldstone is the Vance Door Style and shown in Villa Marshmallow. The countertop pairing selected is a granite countertop and shown in White Taupe. The hardware from Berenson ties this beautiful pairing perfect for a traditional kitchen all together.
Designer Pairing Pick: July 2020
“Warm and natural neutrals to evoke an island-time serenity” – Chris has chosen the Waypoint cabinetry line for his July 2020 pairing. He envisions using Waypoint’s 750F in Pewter Glaze for the perimeter of a kitchen and Waypoint’s 750F in Painted Stone for an island.
With the two-toned cabinetry, he’d opt to pair with a granite countertop in Cloudy White and selected Berenson’s Weathered Nickel Timeless Charm for hardware.
Designer Pairing Pick: June 2020
“Soft sandy shades to lighten up your room” – Chris has chosen the Fieldstone cabinetry line for his June 2020 pairing. The cabinet chosen from Fieldstone is the Vienna Door Style and shown in Glaze Dove. The countertop pairing selected is from Dekton and shown in Makai Wild. Tying it all together is hardware from Berenson, specifically, Classic Comfort 1248.
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