Tips on Selecting Stone Worktop Colours

Your kitchen and bathroom countertops are important decorating choices, not only because of their visual impact but because of the time and expense of installation. Once you have decided on the right worktop material for your home, it’s time to choose the color. Several factors can impact your decision, after all, this is something you’ll be living with for years. The design theme of your space, your personal preference, or even trending styles.

Here are quick tips to help you find the right color for your countertops:

  • Figure out your style

Your worktops should reflect your style and personality, and the style of the room. Take the time to do some research on different design ideas and compare the countertop options available that will work with your desired style. When choosing the right worktop color, you should also think about your favorite colors or what you like in general.

  • Complement the cabinets and/or furniture

If your cabinets are a dark color, you may want to choose lighter worktops. Dark cabinets will make the space appear smaller and it may be difficult to see what is on the counters. On the other hand, if your kitchen/bathroom has light-colored cabinetry or furniture that stands out in comparison with darker colors, then darker worktops will work well. Another thing to consider is the furniture you have, such as stools or dining chairs.

  • Undertones are key

The key to understanding undertones is learning to know the difference. For instance, if your flooring or cabinetry has a yellow or orange undertone, cool gray or blue counters will intensify that undertone. A basic understanding of the color wheel can help you avoid a color clash with your new worktops. Veined or speckled countertop patterns can give you the pops of color you need, without creating color drama in your kitchen or bath.

  • Sample, sample, sample!

In the same way you get paint samples before making any decisions, you need to get samples of the stones you are considering for your worktops. Make that decision with paint strips and wood samples in hand to get the full picture of your space. If possible, look at all elements together in the unique room lighting.

  • To match or to contrast

Color coordination is a must in any design. You want your worktops, cabinets, and even accessories to work well together. You can either choose the same color and play with different shades for your space or you can go for a more daring design and experiment with contrasting colors. You want to be careful though with the use of strong colors as they can be too overwhelming (that’s why sampling is key to give you an idea of what the combination will look like). If a matching or contrasting color combination is too much for you, you can instead look into swirls or patterns on stone slabs.

  • Accessories

For your worktops, you want a color that offers design flexibility. If you’re planning to accessorize with patterned fabrics or upholstery, rugs, stylized tile backsplash, or wallpaper, choosing a solid color for your worktop is ideal for achieving balance. Going for neutral colors will also give you more leeway in terms of accessorizing your kitchen/bathroom. On the other hand, if you want to keep everything simple and are not looking into adding ‘pops of color’ as you accessorize, then choosing worktops that come with natural patterns may help add interest to your design.

Though you probably already have an idea of the color you want, making the final say can be daunting, as is the case for many homeowners. Collaborate with Elegant Fittings on your next project so you can get expert advice and samples of your desired stones.

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