Sunday, February 16, 2014

Light or Dark Countertops?

One question I am often asked is, should my countertops be light or dark? Today we will dive into this subject and hopefully answer your question. Kitchen countertops are normally one of the largest surfaces in the kitchen along with the cabinetry and flooring. It's important to decide what role you want the countertops to play. They can speak loudly or softly. They can lead the design impression of the kitchen or follow and support the others elements.


As with every project, it is important to look at the kitchen as the entire finished space from the start, to have a vision of how the major elements will relate and connect with one another an decide for what reasons you want them to connect. The countertops can speak to the kitchen space whether light or dark, soft or bold color, textured, polished or honed. What do you want your countertops to say about your kitchen? And why? When imagining your countertop and the finished kitchen space, remember the accessories that will be sitting on top of the countertop. Will those useful items and accessories tell a story with their color or will they simply be supporting characters?


There is certainly no wrong or right approach per se. What is important is that you visualize the "big picture" of the kitchen design, the role you wish your countertop to play, and the answer will reveal itself to you. Countertops with a strong color or pattern can be the "art" and centerpiece of your kitchen. It can be a reflection of your personal style. A neutral countertop enables color, whether in your wall color, countertop accessories, island color or other artwork in the room, to stand out and be an important design element. Contrast is always a winner. Providing a breaking point between the other colors of your cabinetry and allowing the beauty of a backsplash or cabinet to truly shine. A monochromatic countertop appears understated and helps provide a unified look to the other larger elements in the room.


Still uncertain? Take a trip over to and look at some pictures. You will begin to see a pattern emerge in the pictures that you like. If you have any questions you would like addressed, don't hesitate to contact me at

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