- Listed: May 13, 2019 2:54 am
The pale tone brings a sense of cleanness and lightness to the space with a twist of subtle sophistication.
You want white countertops but don’t want every crumb and speck of dust to show. It’s especially effective in small spaces, such as compact condo kitchens, paired with minimalist white cabinets to give the illusion of a bigger space. A pure white counter will keep the look feeling fresh and contemporary instead of retro. Despite both being chilly colors, the two together feel welcoming and always stylish.
You have a small space that you want to look as big as possible.
It makes a popular choice for transitional kitchens that balance traditional and contemporary elements, especially since classic wood fits into both categories. Wood in general is an excellent material to use for an accent counter (often on an island or a small “chopping zone” in butcher block), contrasting with nearby stone or solid-surface counters in a pleasing way. Darker woods come off a little more formal and polished than lighter tones. When mixing wood counters with other wood finishes, it’s often best to stick to either warm or cool tones across the board. Whichever tones you prefer, they will be less likely to clash if you stick to one family or the other.
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If you have dark cabinetry, dark floors or other rich and weighty finishes, a dark countertop will fit right in. If you’re going for a dark-on-dark palette, it helps to have lots of light sources, natural or added (or both). Choosing a dark gray rather than pure black will soften the look, so it’s usually preferable to stop at charcoal in most situations. When you’re using a tinted mirror backsplash to subtly open up the space visually, a dark counter will echo the deep, moody surface for a perfect complement. Lastly, sometimes you just want that classic black-and-white look.
You have colorful, fun cabinets, and you want the hue to really shine.
You want to connect to other black elements in the space. It has the advantage of hiding the occasional spot while still looking clean and tidy and not too dark or busy. Because gray is the most neutral color around, it makes another excellent choice to pair with colorful cabinets, especially in a space with different cabinet finishes, as it can help tie light and dark cabinets together. Gray is also a beautiful tone to pair with warm metallic accents.
You have a black-and-white scheme that could use a little softening.
In general, the bolder the veining on your counters, the less drama you’ll want to add elsewhere. The size of your space will be a factor in determining just how dramatic a bold stone looks once it’s installed. Notice how many of these spaces use the same dramatic stone for the counter and the backsplash, making for a truly singular statement. Whether you use espresso wood or a modern painted gray coordinating a base tone in the stone with one of a similar darkness or lightness in the cabinets will help the two connect.
You have dark cabinets to offset a dark, moody stone. This snowy, sparkling look works well in many situations since it is very neutral but also contemporary and fresh. Again, the subtle richness holds its own without fighting for attention and keeps the countertop from feeling too austere — great for a dining island where you want people to actually feel comfortable dining.
You want the space to look big and light without feeling clinical. Luckily, these materials resist stains well, so they can stay a crisp white for years with just a little care. As mentioned, the severity of a true white can fight a traditional decor, but in a modern space it feels appropriately crisp. Lastly, white and blue is a classic nautical combination, so while off-white would also work, a pure white counter looks beautiful paired with blue-painted cabinetry.
You want to break up modern wood cabinets or other bold finishes. Crisp white kitchens feel a little more “homey” and a little less austere with a wood countertop.
Notice in several of these examples how wood only dresses the island counters. Lighter woods tend to have more of a casual or rustic feel compared with darker-stained options. In either case, a traditional runner rug makes an excellent complement. They lend a certain gravity to a space, which can work well in areas that are already bright and breezy with lots of windows. Red-brown woods are more traditional, while ashy gray tones have been a popular modern trend in recent years.
You want your space to feel more approachable and intimate. In this example, you can see that the white counter is the one that pops, compared with the island counter, which almost blends into the deep wood drawer fronts. Because white can sometimes absorb and dampen nearby colors, a rich, dark countertop can actually be the better choice to bring out subtle colors in painted cabinets. If you have a kitchen with crisp white cabinets and little actual color, or you have just a few small areas of counter, a dark or black stone brings some instant drama.
You have a smoky mirrored backsplash, a trendy favorite in condos and modern homes. Softly flecked gray stone has a look similar to concrete, and it works perfectly in contemporary spaces with a bit of an architectural bent. It’s great if you don’t always have a perfectly organized space but still want a put-together look. If you have a black-and-white scheme, or espresso woods with white walls, and you want to soften the whole look a little, a midtone counter will bridge the very dark and very light elements so they meet in the middle. If you love a brassy faucet or sink, a gray counter will bring out those warm tones so they really shine.
You have colorful cabinetry or multiple tones of cabinets mixed together.
You love warm metallic accents and want to show them off. This waterfall counter (with the material wrapped down the sides) is relatively muted, but the large gray veins still bring enough character without any daring colors or other statement features. This isn’t to say you can’t use a bold stone in a compact kitchen, just that it will feel even more dramatic in scale, meaning you probably will want to keep the other finishes very sedate. A dark, richly veined stone can actually feel less dramatic when paired with dark cabinets. Ultimately, the only way to tell how a richly veined stone will look with your other elements is to bring home the largest sample you can or take samples of your other elements to the dealer to see what tones are strongest in the stone.
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