Light or Dark Kitchen Countertops: Which Is Right For You?

Are you redoing your kitchen, or in the middle of your kitchen remodel already? There are so many moving parts when you stop to think about what makes a kitchen interior design stand apart from the usual, and what works for you in your space. As designers we know how key certain elements are and how you choose a countertop color is one of the most important parts of a kitchen. They are so important that they may even be where you want to start you design process believe it or not. For example, everyone has their own personal style and design preferences, however, there is a definite correlation between modern kitchen design ideas and the selection of either light versus darker countertops. Remember though, there are no fast and hard rules regarding what are the best colors of kitchen countertops. Granite, marble, quartz, or any natural stone countertop should be used and regardless of whether you’re looking for a fresh and bright kitchen, or one that’s sophisticated and bold, almost any natural stone can be adapted to fit your unique style. Generally speaking, lighter countertops really present a clean and crisp look. They also have designs that seem more pronounced creating an attractive focal point. Darker countertops, by comparison, are seen as sleeker, with the darker tones and textures adding a cool vibe. If you love the look of a real marble (Carrara is a JAC favorite) or even a quartz stone that has some movement, then you're on top of the current trends now. These looks are super on point with a classic transitional or even a boho design. Pure white countertops, generally only available in manufactured materials such as Corian or Caesarstone, bring a contemporary, minimalist freshness that no natural stone can match. Luckily, these materials resist stains well, so they can stay a crisp white for years with just a little care. If you love a crisp modern style, white countertops are for you. also, if you space is small, white countertops can definitley make your kitchen seem bigger. Darker countertops can be for you if you're looking for moody and stylized or even an industrial look. Dark countertops can really anchor a kitchen, particularly if the cabinets are lighter. In the end, it’s about balance. Black statement countertops are often balanced with lighter colored kitchen uppers and lowers.

Striking black kitchen countertops make a dramatic impact, bringing elegance and style to your kitchen.

Unlike the bland tones of neutral palettes, they create a sharp contrasting feature, also working well with bright colors, clean crisp white and metallic color schemes.

The countertop has always been a big part of kitchen décor. Through the generations, we have gone from style to style as homeowners seek the perfect look for their main cooking space. In modern times, variety is the theme of the day. Homeowners have an almost endless selection of materials, styles, sizes, and finishes to choose from.