Remodeling a kitchen can mean making a number of big decisions, especially if you are looking to replace the countertops, floor and cabinetry. For many people, the choice of what color of granite or other natural stone can be the biggest hurdle. This is why it’s best to begin the process by choosing the color of the granite countertop before picking out the floor and cabinetry.
When it comes to making this decision, there are no hard and fast rules but it helps to keep a number of things in mind during the process. Number one, the choice of a countertop is largely personal and there’s no big benefit to following a trend, unless you are looking to sell the home soon after it is purchased.
Light versus Dark
Kitchen remodeling blogs and home decorating magazines often showcase the juxtaposition of dark granite or natural stone countertops with lighter cabinets. This places a nice emphasis on the beauty of the natural stone or granite, but the full effect won’t be as visible without enough natural light in the room. The light allows the flecks of color to be more easily seen. If the room is too dark then the darker granite could overpower the room in shadows.
Light on Light
If you’re in the market for a lighter, brighter look in the kitchen, consider installing a light-colored granite in cream, white or beige tones. This can make a small space look larger and it also lends itself to a warm and rustic look. If you like the farmhouse kitchen look, this can be a good color combination. The surface of the granite whether it’s matte, glossy or texture can also play a part in how the surface reflects light.
Mixing it Up
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, a variety of light and dark colors is a great way to create contrast. Start by looking at the color choices for the countertops, cabinetry and floor. A good rule of thumb is to choose one or two dominant colors and then a third, brighter accent color. Once the countertop is chosen, then match the flooring with the primary or secondary color. This will help to create balance in the light and dark tones. Lastly, the accent color is just for fun. The accent color can be a great way to add a splash of color, whether that’s in hand towels, appliances or in a tile or recycled glass backsplash.
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