Selecting the color of countertops for a new kitchen needs to account for how you want the space to look and feel.

The options are unlimited, but at Country Cabinets, etc. homeowners typically gravitate to white quartz, corian or laminate; speckled or flecked white, cream and lighter colored quartz, corian or laminate; black or darker quartz; corian or laminate; gray or other mid-tone quartz, corian or laminate; slightly veined quartz or stone; heavily veined quartz or stone; and light- and dark-stained wood.

White countertops work well for homeowners who want a contemporary look and feel to their new kitchen. White also works exceedingly well in smaller kitchens when paired with flat front cabinetry because they help to make space look larger than it actually is.

In transitional- or traditional-designed kitchens, white countertops can serve as a dramatic contrast to heavily grained wood cabinets, larger butcher blocks and other more dramatic surface materials.

Speckled or flecked white, cream and other lighter-toned countertops serve to soften a space and work well in transitional- and traditional- design motifs. These countertops also don’t show as much dust or dirt as white counterparts.

Black, dark grey and other dark-toned countertops work well in kitchens with other dark surfaces provided there is an abundance of both natural, in-ceiling, pendants, track or other light.

Dark surfaces absorb light; white lighter surfaces reflect light. Dark countertops help to complement painted cabinets that are so on trend today in blue and green tones. Dark countertops are a perfect complement to white cabinets to achieve a classic look.

Gray, cream and other mid-tone colors are extremely popular because of their neutrality. Gray contrasts ever so nicely with colored cabinetry and kitchens with a variety of finishes. Gray can also soften the starkness of white cabinetry.

Wood adds warmth to kitchen space and often specified for homeowners attracted to a transitional motif. Wood also serves nicely as a cutting block insert in an island or other countertops to help provide a contrasting accent to space. Lighter wood stains work better in more casual settings while darker stains help to achieve a more formal look and feel.

What color countertops would work best in your new kitchen? Visit the Country Cabinets, etc. showroom at 95 East Conway Road in Center Conway, call (603) 356-5766, email ccetc@countrycabinetsetc.com or go to countrycabinetsetc.com.

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