Choosing a Floor and Countertops That Go Together

I want a new floor in tile and a laminate countertop. I have white cabinets and will paint the walls. I want a floor in brown tones, I currently have a white floor which shows everything. I do not know how to pick a floor and countertop to coordinate.


Jean from Houston

October 26, 20060 found this helpful

I always like to start with a theme or something that I like and pull colors from that. For example, do you have dishes that you like the colors of, or a favorite cookie jar, or towels with colors that you like? White cabinets would go with any color you choose for a counter top. Do you like that Bistro look with red/black checks and a little yellow mixed in? Do you like a modern look of black/white/gray and stainless steel? I always look in a lot of catalogs and magazines to get ideas, or even go to the home improvement center and look at their kitchen display areas. If you go with a brown tile on the floor you can still pick any color to go on the counter top and to paint the walls. What is your favorite color? I would paint the walls in your favorite color, because you can always repaint if you get tired of it, but a counter top you're going to have to live with for a long time so be more careful in choosing that. I personally like laminate counter tops, they are very reasonably priced, come in a multitude of colors, and I have never had a problem with their durability; but, I never cut directly on it and I never set hot items on it. I have a tile counter top now, for the first time, and while I can chop on it and set hot items on it, I don't like all the little grooves of the grout lines because I find it very hard to clean. I do hope that you take before and after pictures and share them with us. Good luck on your project!

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October 26, 20060 found this helpful

Sounds like fun, Jean. Do you have favourite colours? Earth tones are so comfortable, I agree, and easy to decorate around. By that I mean you can choose tan-colour flooring and an almond-coloured countertop, even paint your walls beige. But for colour (not permanent by any means) you can add right drawer pulls, curtains and towels. My girlfriend has just re-done her bathroom with cinnamon-coloured paint and it's a lovely contrast to her - yes - tan-coloured tile flooring and tan-coloured counter. Her curtains and towels are forest green (for the next little while, until she gets tired of it).

Good luck!


Rose Anne

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October 26, 20060 found this helpful

Try this site to get some ideas. ... er/design_budget/color_selector.html

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October 31, 20060 found this helpful

When we remodeled our kitchen, I first chose the color for my walls. Once I had that color selected, I took a sample of both my cabinets and my countertop with me to the tile store. Samples were placed on each tile I considered. When I had narrowed down my choices, I borrowed the sample tiles from the store, and tried each of them in my own home, in my own lighting. I found it especially helpful to have the items on the floor instead of on a tabletop surface. I wanted to get a good idea of how it would look from my height. Flooring looks one way up close and completely different from your height. Another tip is to check your grout color options side by side with the tile you choose. What I had first thought would be a great pick turned out to not be the best selection. I ended up going with a different color, and it gaveme exactly what I wanted!

This was my very first attempt ever at decorating, and I was terrified of choosing incompatible items. I'm glad I took all the steps I did, because now I am very well pleased with the outcome. I can't wait to do the next room!!

Best wishes on creating the kitchen of your dreams!

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May 1, 20070 found this helpful

Someone has got to have an idea for me... I am stuck with my first remodeling job. I picked a dark mocha stone 12" tile w/ 4" venice tiles( including a light yellow, a little green, and a touch of burgundy) sorted throughout, for my floors. My walls are a delicate lemon ice yellow. My counters are white with the lemon ice yellow cabinet and drawer fronts. I know I want ceramic tile on my new bar (that goes from the kitchen into the shakespeare green) and my countertops, but I have no clue what color. I thought of going with burgundy, but I don't know if that is just TOO bold. Any ideas?

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