How to Choose a Countertop Color That is Right for You

Choosing a countertop for your home is something that is an extremely important decision. I know it’s one that we spent a lot of time on making sure we were choosing the right material. But not only is the type of material very important, we also put a lot of thought into the color.

There are many factors that play into choosing the right color of countertops for you home. From the area of your home it will be in to the other colors included in the surrounding areas.

Why is Choosing a Countertop Color Important?

I’m sure most of you all are aware of how important it is to choose the right countertop material, but you are wondering why it is so important to choose the perfect color. Well, the main reason is, it isn’t like paint, you can’t just change it when you are tired of it or if you don’t like it after it’s installed. To change your countertop color, you would need to change the entire countertop, which we all know is a good chunk of money. Countertops are a place where we spend thousands of dollars. So both the color and material are very important!

Choosing the right color is also a very important part of the overall look and design. The color you choose will set the mood for the entire kitchen, bathroom, or laundry area it will be going in.


Yes, location of the countertop matters. I would say I would more than likely use a darker or bolder countertop in an area that wasn’t as large. Back to the money factor. It would be much cheaper if my single vanity countertop needed to be replaced over my entire kitchen countertops or large laundry room. I do like a darker, but again I would probably stick to a smaller space for something like this.

Another thing to consider when thinking about location is whether or not the room has windows and natural light. Most kitchens do have a window or several, while some laundry rooms and bathrooms may not have any. Having natural light allows you to go a little darker on the countertops without making the entire room seem so gloomy and dark.

Our pantry with no natural light.

For our pantry, we considered doing a stained wood butcher block. But then we started thinking about the space being so small with no windows. For this reason, we needed up going with a lighter marble look countertop from Ceaser Stone called Statuario Maximus. It looks great and added in some lighter elements into the pantry. Just what it needed!

Consider Other Colors Within the Surrounding Areas

Other colors within surrounding areas should play a huge part in what color of countertops you choose. It is important to know the design and color elements that will be used throughout the entire area. The goal is for your countertop color choice to compliment the other design elements.

Statuario Maximus with Farrow & Ball Railings Cabinets

For us, we chose a darker cabinet color. Therefore we wanted a countertop color that not only would be a good contrast with this, but compliment it. The lighter color of Statuario Maximus from Caesar Stone was perfect! It is a marble look quartz with a soft base and bold thick veining.

Something to keep in mind when choosing a countertop color is that the colors around may change. For instance, wall colors will come and go and this is something that will change over the years.

Other things could potentially change, such as kitchen or vanity cabinets. If you choose a countertop color that is more on the neutral side, you could save yourself lots of money in the long run. Just something to ponder.

Always Sample Before Choosing

Before choosing an finalizing a color, alway, I say always bring samples home! I like to narrow down to three choices and then start weeding out. Take the samples to the room or area the countertops will be installed. This works perfectly if the other design element are already in the room, such as cabinet or vanity installation. If not, still do it! Bring them home. Look at them in the area, and think about it before making a quick decision.

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  • Reply Amy

    Love your kitchen! What color did you choose for the walls?

    May 5, 2020 at 10:02 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Thank you! Our walls are Sherwin Williams Pure White.

      May 5, 2020 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Kathy Rowland

    Is your kitchen cabinets the same color as the built in cabinetry your office??

    May 9, 2020 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      No, the office is Sherwin Williams Inkwell.

      May 11, 2020 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Lewis

    Love your home. What is the stain color for the beams and doors?

    May 11, 2020 at 4:58 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Thanks! It’s Olympic Driftwood Gray.

      May 11, 2020 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Your kitchen is beautiful! Did you use Ceaser Stone Statuario Maximus for your kitchen island and backsplash, too?

    August 12, 2020 at 12:28 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Thanks! Yes, we did.

      August 12, 2020 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Shannon Childress

    How long is your island? Did you have to have a seam in the middle?

    January 17, 2021 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply Cynthia A Dolce

    I love your floors! Are they white or red oak?

    April 1, 2021 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Erin Huss

    Beautiful! Love the hutch on the right in the top picture. Where is it from?

    May 18, 2021 at 12:35 am
  • Reply Farzana Kajee

    Hi, is your Quartz honed or polished? What thickness is it please?

    August 7, 2021 at 10:38 pm
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