Obviously kitchen countertops are a functional must-have for your kitchen. When it comes to design, however, many homeowners do not understand the visual importance countertops carry. The majority of the visual space in a kitchen is consumed by countertops followed by cabinets, appliances, walls, and flooring. Because of this, it is important to choose a countertop material, color, and pattern that adds to the overall kitchen feeling, coordinates with the cabinetry, and adds a touch of elegance. Here are some things to consider when choosing your countertop.
The color of countertops, the weight it carries, and how it coordinates with the rest of the kitchen design is one of the most important decision factors when shopping for a new countertop. First you will want to decide if you will go with a standard color palette, usually neutrals, or if you will go bold with your hues. If you go with more of a neutral countertop, then it allows other color statements in your kitchen to pop more. However, choosing a colored and bold countertop can make counters the statement piece in your kitchen and allows the other design details to become easier to decide on.
When making this decision, think about everything else in your kitchen, down to what items will be on the counters. Also think about the resale value. It might take you longer to sell your house in the future if you choose a bold countertop. Once you decide on the color palette you would like, consider the materials used for countertops and which would present better options to meet your color needs.
Unless you are replacing your cabinets along with your countertops, the counters you select need to coordinate with your existing cabinet material. Look at the color and the grain of your cabinets when you are selecting countertop samples. It is all about balance, not only of colors, but the hues, weight, and warmth between the cabinets and countertops.
Cool and warm palette relationships work well when contrasting cabinets and countertops. However, you want some kind of connecting color between the cabinet and the counter. For example, if you choose a light countertop to contrast with your espresso cabinets, choose a light counter that has veins of espresso running through to connect the two. Keep the idea of connecting colors to your kitchen design elements when looking at floors and walls as well.
The key to elegance is incorporating the balance we talked about before. There is a fine line to walk when designing your kitchen with countertops. You want to delicately balance between contrast and complement when selecting countertop color and pattern so that your new counters blend into your current kitchen design. You don’t want your kitchen to be all one color, so be sure to pull in neutral elements if you choose a bolder countertop color. Likewise, if you choose a more neutral countertop, you will want to add some grains of color to pull in other kitchen design elements.
One of the best ways to capture that timeless design and elegance is to focus on the material you choose for your countertop design. Each countertop material has their own elegance and weight that can instantly make your kitchen timeless and eye-catching. One of our favorite materials to achieve this is with granite. The pattern and veining in granite is something that goes with almost any kitchen design and lasts through trends. The color options in granite provide great versatility in your design and make it easy to coordinate the various elements of your kitchen.
Be sure to research each material on its strength, durability, and versatility to find a countertop design that draws the eye with elegance.