A countertop in a strong color can be THE design statement, leaving all else neutral. It is a reflection of personal expression.
This works on several counts-the blue countertop and brown wood are complementary colors, the balance with light and medium tones are in a proportional sync, the dark top is perfect! A play in contrasts.
A cool/warm relationship is always a natural pairing. Especially in the company of neutrals, cool/warm tones separate elements effectively.
A neutral countertop enables color, in this case, in the turquoise wall cabinet, to stand out and be an important design element.
Simple, quiet, surrounding surfaces juxtaposed with a strong, but not too strong, flowing granite, offers a dose of wild texture, a countertop as focal point. Beware of too much countertop in this situation.
The big picture, perhaps planned in advance, consists of two parts, cabinetry and countertop, which share a connecting color. A nice balance of horizontal and vertical surfaces.
Contrast is always a winner. Black, on the countertops lays a mid height foundation at 1/3 the room height, a classic proportion.
Love the contrast of neutrals, especially how the countertop in a horizontal line supports the expansive white walls. A play in horizontal and vertical colors and shapes with two clear focal points.
A countertop appears understated and a unified part of the larger elements in the room. A flowing look, completely monochromatic.
The countertop is a natural connection to the foundation of the room, the floor, as well as the dining furniture. The countertop allows the island to connect more to the formal space.
An example of darker base cabinets and the upper shelves, walls, window trim and countertop, sharing the same shade of white. The darker section serving as a foundation, the larger white areas in perfect balance. A look that is gaining more recent attention as a "built-in" feeling. Very spacious look.
Colors in walls, countertops, cabinetry, tile are connected in tones that vary just a bit for added textural interest. This look allows larger elements to read as a smaller scale than if otherwise designed, especially if cabinets were dark/countertops were light.