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Countertops come in a variety of materials, but also a range of colors. While the materials are important to consider, the color styles are what make the surfaces visually appealing. Houzz contributor Yanic Simard identifies six popular color styles, flecked white, pure white, wood, black, midtone, and dramatic, and how designers may go about using them in their kitchen designs.

One of the most common and coveted countertop finishes is a stone or manufactured slab material, such as quartz, in a white or off-white shade with a light fleck or grain to give it subtle natural richness.

Flecked or softly veined white countertops are good for you if:

  • You have a traditional or transitional interior.
  • You want the space to look big and light without feeling clinical.
  • You want white countertops but don’t want every crumb and speck of dust to show.

Dark counters, in tones such as black or charcoal, can appear very gothic in some situations and perfectly harmonious in others. If you have dark cabinetry, dark floors or other rich and weighty finishes, a dark countertop will fit right in.

Dark or black countertops are good for you if:

  • You have dark cabinets and want the counters to blend in with them.
  • You have colorful, fun cabinets, and you want the hue to really shine.
  • You have a smoky mirrored backsplash, a trendy favorite in condos and modern homes.
  • You want to connect to other black elements in the space.
  • You’re aiming to achieve a classic black-and-white scheme.

Read about the other four color styles at Houzz.

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