Glenda in Langley, called me to help her choose new perimeter countertops and backsplash to coordinate with the existing granite on her kitchen island. The current countertop was a laminate and she was upgrading to stone and the busy, multi-coloured backsplash had to go.
I wish I had the photos to show you how we chose the colour but here's what we did. We took a stack of quartz samples in yellow beige (because that was the background colour of the granite–not white or cream–plunked them on the top until we found the one that matched the best. 2200 Desert Limestone.
2200 Desert Limestone
Here is the after photo. Note that the lighting in this photo makes the countertop look a lot whiter than they actually are, but you can get the overall feel. Simple and clean. Keeps the attention on the cabinets instead of everything screaming "Look at me, look at me!".
If you're wondering which countertop to choose in your wood stained kitchen, look no further.
If you keep the finishes in your kitchen this neutral (above) you'll have an almost unlimited number of colours to choose from when you decorate! Generally, wood stained cabinets will give you a more earthy look and feel, installing a neutral foundation like this will give you the option of incorporating the brighter, fresher colours that we're all craving these days!
In my Renovate with Confidence™ Focus on Finishes webinar with one more week to go I received an email from one of the participants with her aha moment:
This Aha Moment was honestly just like a light bulb when on in my head when I saw Maria showing how to make the commonly used builder tiles work in a home. This correlation came crystal clear to me:Timeless or "Boring" Finishes = Tons of options for paint colours, my present & future styles and decor. This is awesome because I love to change things around often and this gives me a "blank canvas" to have fun with for years and years.whereas…"Trendy" Finishes = Only having 1, or maybe 2, really good coordinating paint colour choices to go with whatever the dominating trendy finishes are. Thus limiting myself to a room of grey, beige or heaven forbid…pink undertones (haha)… FOREVER. To me…that is BORING.Kind of ironic isn't it? Thanks so much for this one Maria!" JW, Alberta, Canada
If you would like help creating a palette for your home, become a client. Online or In-person.
To get your exterior colours right, download my How to Choose Exterior Colours with Confidence webinar and get my go-to list of colours.
To make sure the undertones in your home are right, get some large samples!
And, if you would like to learn how to choose colour with confidence, become a True Colour Expert.