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Old 10-27-2014, 01:54 PM
 
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I plan to go really dark with my kitchen cabinets (i.e. espresso) to provide some contrast with the lighter-toned hardwood flooring. Should I go with dark or lighter granite countertops?

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Old 10-27-2014, 01:56 PM
 
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Go with what you like and with what goes with your paint selection!
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Old 10-27-2014, 02:02 PM
 
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I personally would go with something light, but there's no hard rules about it. Does the room get a lot of natural light? Do you have enough task lighting? If you don't get a lot of natural light that would convince me to go with lighter counters even more. Plus, I just like how that looks:

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Reaume Construction & Design - Traditional - Kitchen - los angeles - by Reaume Construction & Design

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Old 10-27-2014, 06:50 PM
 
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I personally would go with something light, but there's no hard rules about it. Does the room get a lot of natural light? Do you have enough task lighting? If you don't get a lot of natural light that would convince me to go with lighter counters even more. Plus, I just like how that looks:

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Reaume Construction & Design - Traditional - Kitchen - los angeles - by Reaume Construction & Design

Traditional Kitchen
The room gets tons of natural light, but I very much like the first link you posted. Thanks.

p.s. paint color will likely be in the light/neutral/brown family.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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The room gets tons of natural light, but I very much like the first link you posted. Thanks.

p.s. paint color will likely be in the light/neutral/brown family.
That one was my favorite, too.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I like the contrast of light counters with dark cabinets too. I'm getting cherry java cabinets and a marble look laminate. Eventually I'll replace that with a solid surface counter but my guess is that I'll end up with something light then too. If you are going with more of light tan/brown paint, there are some light cabinets that are a bit more on the creamy side vs. white, which would look great.
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Old 10-28-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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I've been struggling with deciding this as well. But my cabinets in my new house are dark cherry and the floors are dark cherry. So I think I'm going with white quartz with a marble type look so while the counter tops are light they have a balance of the dark hint marble as well. Now, I have to decide on the back splash color.
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I like the contrast of light counters with dark cabinets too. I'm getting cherry java cabinets and a marble look laminate. Eventually I'll replace that with a solid surface counter but my guess is that I'll end up with something light then too. If you are going with more of light tan/brown paint, there are some light cabinets that are a bit more on the creamy side vs. white, which would look great.
Just to correct, I meant there are light counters that are more of a cream or off white vs. more of a true white that I think would look great with a very dark brown cabinet and beige/tan/brown toned paint.
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:44 PM
 
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I say go with something fairly light and make sure your paint selection has the same undertones as your counters! For instance, if you have white marble/granite with greenish-gray veining, make sure the undertone in your paint is in that same family. A taupe that is too warm/brown will look "off" with the cool undertones of the marble I described.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:02 AM
 
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What about this cabinet/countertop combination, but with a much lighter flooring, like a natural maple or hickory? Too much contrast?

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