Decorating & Furniture/Countertops


We a kitchen with light almond ceramic tile and dark brown cabinets (ala 80s style).  We need to replace the countertops as well.  Should we go with a lighter countertop to match the flooring or a darker to match the cabinets or something in between.  Thank you for your advice.

- Stratton

Hi Stratton.  I always hesitate to advise on things like this because it's difficult when you don't know the people (and their tastes) and you can't get a sense for their style.  

Personally, I'd opt for a solid surface counter top, and I'd more than likely coordinate it with the floor AND the cabinets.  If you opt for a more "all one color" (monochromatic) scheme, your accessories can add any color you want.  I always recommend neutrals in the higher-priced objects (countertops and cabinets) because they are not likely to change.  If you change your mind about colors, you can always replace inexpensive accessories (towels, pot-holders, canisters and the like) much more easily.

Now, if you prefer a bold look, make your countertops dark in color (blacks, browns are "in" now and available in more affordable solid surfaces like Silestone) and keep your cabinets and flooring lighter.  

Sorry if this didn't help you decide.  There's no rules when it comes to color.  It depends more on what you like than anything else.


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