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Too much white? Countertop question.

hula1974
last month

Really struggling with the countertop decision in my remodeled kitchen. We've picked out the cabinets, floor and tile but are stuck on the countertop and wall colors. I love the look of butcher block but have decided I'd like a solid surface countertop for various reasons. These are the 3 that my husband and I had narrowed down but now I'm wondering if we are in the wrong color family all together. The sink is a Kohler white farmhouse (I don't have a color swatch). And I should also note that I will have a lot of countertop.


Any suggestions? Maybe we have tunnel vision here.



Comments (43)

  • Janie Gibbs-BRING SOPHIE BACK
    last month
    last modified: last month

    Fun project!

    Can you please post pic of full kitchen with dimensions?

    What bulbs are you using, do you have a ton of natural light?

    What does your floor look like?

    Please, we need a lot more info.

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    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC
    last month

    Can I assume that the oak sample is your floor? If yes I think the blue cabinets, oak floor, white countertops and white tile looks great together!

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  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    That's the floor swatch in the photo. I'll be using pot lights mostly. It's a very open floor plan.

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    Thanks Diana. yes, that's te floor sample. Not sure why I'm just worried about so much white looking like a hospital!

  • chispa
    last month

    Hospitals are done in drab dingy colors these days!

    Your samples don't give the right ratio of colors. You'll have a lot more brown/floor and blue/cabinets to balance the white.

    Did you see larger samples of the counters? A couple look quite blue-gray, but that could be the cabinet color influencing the display.

    Did you also make sure to hold all your samples in the actual orientation that they will be installed?

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    @chispa - those are good points! No, all I have are these tiny little ones to go by - except I did see one of them in a larger display at Home Depot. And yes, two of them are a little grey.


    Are these dingy colors? My head is swirling with these decisions! LOL

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    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC
    last month

    Not dingy at all! As chispa said, just make sure you view them in the room with the actual lighting. Place the cabinet and backsplash tile samples vertically and the flooring and counter top samples horizontally, to get the best idea of how they will look once installed. Also, remember that what we see on our monitors is not what you see in real life. The nuances of color are very difficult to determine on a computer monitor. I may see a grayish white, someone else may see a greenish white, etc. Only you can see the actual color.

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    Ok thank you! So I guess I'm in the right family and do t need to look at something with more color.

  • btydrvn
    last month

    Keep in mind you still have wall color and accessories to add…these can tone it down or up as you get closer to the finish…also the floor looks like a warm contrast to liven up the space ..i wouldn’t be tempted to turn to gray in any big way ..as it is over used and does not add warmth…

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    Thank you @btydrvn . Wall color is the next problem to tackle!

  • modernfun
    last month

    I would go all white with the wood floors! Backsplash white glass...SO much color in this world and you put plants and vibrant flowers...beuatful plateware and decorations...just like a blank palette otherwise it is not. Just my thoughts!


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    Joseph Corlett, LLC
    last month

    "We've picked out the cabinets, floor and tile but are stuck on the countertop and wall colors."


    You're picking in the wrong order. If you go cabinets, countertop, floor, tile, and wall color, your choices expand with each decision.

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    Valid point Joseph! Perhaps I should really have said I'm second guessing my decision on the countertop. And the wall color is for sure last here since I have no idea what direction to go in (it's a very open floorplan and this color will be for 3 rooms).

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    I'm going with solid surface - is there a way to see more than just the sample?

  • wynterwynd
    last month

    If you mean solid surface like Corian, then the sample should suffice. If you mean quartz, then you can see the slabs at the fabricator, usually.
    I think you will like the white countertop; after 15 years, I’m switching from dark to white (with subtle veining) and can’t wait! Your color combo is very nice. Wall color is my most difficult decision also but paint is the easiest thing to change. I find that scrolling through pictures on Houzz is a great way to get ideas for wall colors.

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  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    @wynterwynd - yes, like Corian.

    So many kitchen photos I see don't show much wall at all! It's all cabinet and tile. Two of my counter samples have grey in it so I may be boxing myself into greyish walls if I choose them.

  • PRO
    Joseph Corlett, LLC
    last month
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    Unlike estone, solid surface samples look identical to sheets.

  • btydrvn
    last month

    It seems to me anytime you choose a pretty dominant color for you cabinetry ( especially in an open floor plan)…you are limiting you use of other colors…in the rest of the space….perhaps to the point of being restricted to neutrals in most other choices…i think it is why you mostly see wood or white cabinets..and why colored cabinets may be relegated to “trendy” status

  • tedbixby
    last month

    Are you able to decide on the countertop after the cabinets are installed? And then once that is installed select the backsplash as then you can put up samples and see how well everything plays together. So often on here people make these selections ahead of time ( especially the backsplash) and have regrets.

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    @tedbixby I could wait to decide on the counter I think. But, though I know it is out of order I'm in love with the backsplash already

  • tedbixby
    last month

    Wait on the counter and then at that time while you consider the counter you can keep your backsplash in mind. If it works bonus points and if it doesn't, no damage done except a broken heart-lol...

  • btydrvn
    last month

    Just curious... what is it you love about the backsplash?...it is not unheard of to design a kitchen around a backsplash you love...but all I see is white?

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    @btydrvn it is tough to see in the photo but it looks a little like painted concrete blocks. We need 51 SQ ft of it so I liked that it looked like an accent wall. Here's a photo I took of a larger display of it.

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    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC
    last month

    That's a great-looking tile--love the texture.

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    Thanks I love it too! Hoping it can go with almost anything. Fingers crossed

  • orion_hamal
    last month

    If you decide you need some movement instead of flat white, then keep the walls and backsplash white ( i know, its too clinical😅) and keep the floors the color you chose ( thats a lovely color) and select a countertop with a variation of blue-grey veins running through it . that way you have a little tie in with your cabinets and keep it from looking too boring. And hopefully some beautiful bronze or gold hardware.. will make it pop.. you have some very cool possibilities with your current choices by the way. Update us with the final selection, good luck.

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    Thank you Orion!

  • btydrvn
    last month

    The splash looks rustic …which would justify atleast a “partial” built in butcher block countertop….since you have a lot of counter space….you can raise the block slightly higher and butt the other counter material up to it on each side…it could be installed unattached but “built-in” so as it wears down it can be flipped to the new side…if you go that way it would affect the counter choice…one that looks less formal than a marble pattern….

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    Pearl Remodeling
    last month

    There is no such thing as too much white :) check out this awesome kitchen we have completed. https://www.pearlremodeling.com/gallery/kitchen-remodeling/Key-St./7/

  • btydrvn
    last month

    I think the all- white kitchen is a bit too much ,too…feels a little sterile and a big commitment to keep all the surfaces free of smudges …spots…drips…even tho’ it has seen its days …i like the kitchen to feel a little more “homey” and inviting as it usually ends up the place where everyone hangs out…

  • PRO
    Diana Bier Interiors, LLC
    last month

    I think that the blue cabinets will avoid a too-white look. And the texture on the tiles and the counter top will add enough interest. Once the major pieces are in place, then you can do a lot with accessories. You might want to add some interest on the ceiling too?

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  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    Thank you. It is starting to come along I hope! As for the ceiling....I have a beam to deal with. There was a thread about it a few months ago. Lots of people were not happy (rightfully so) but we're moving forward anyway.


    One thing about the counter though - we DO want solid surface. So I don't think there will be too much veining or movement other than an overall pattern.

  • theresen
    last month

    I would hang onto that backsplash tile, but choose the countertop first. It will be much easier to find another tile if you have to. Having different shades of white are not always bad, but they need to play well with each other, and that may not always be the case.

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  • theresen
    last month

    Ps, one other consideration - the more gloss you have on the tile, the more light will reflect. If you feel the room is bright enough already, matte tiles would be fine.

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  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    @theresen - I'm going to have to do some reading to see what that exactly means. I guess the only white I'm really locked into in the Kohler sink. But not sure what whites play well together.


    I may have to go with a counter that it a bit on the grey side and then commit to that for the walls too.

    Or this Wilsonart Beige Travertine might be nice with my floor if I'm willing to go with a brown tone wall too.



  • theresen
    last month

    I just mean that (whatever - tile, paint, other) you could pick a half dozen whites, and even though you could swear they were each white, they will all have different undertones. You could find one look too yellowish when combined with others, or they could all be similar enough to be fine together. My upstairs bathroom has white enameled tub, porcelain toilet and sink basin with white painted vanity against white tile on the walls. They are all slightly different, but thankfully don’t clash. Just something to watch out for.

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    Very cool floor!

  • Jamie Thomas
    last month

    OP...that is beautiful tile. Can you share the name/brand?

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    Thanks Jamie!
    Naxmak Brick Alum

  • theresen
    last month

    If you’re asking about the cement tile… it’s from Villa Lagoon in a custom color. If you are not experienced with cement, TALK TO ME FIRST! I knew what I was getting into, and still had near catastrophes with both bathroom floors. In this case the tiles had been pre-sealed, but still were stained from the tinted grout! It took hours of scrubbing with magic erasers (of all things, and I tried everything!) to restore them enough to proceed. I love cement tiles. There is nothing else that feels the same underfoot, but installation can be a bitch! Even for pros! Too many of them are bad with ceramic, far fewer can manage more temperamental materials.

  • theresen
    last month

    Where did you find that tile?

  • hula1974
    Original Author
    last month

    Wayne Tile Company

    I saw it on display at one of their shops.