Thursday, January 5, 2012

What kind of counters should she use?




This is my friend's kitchen. She needs counter recommendations asap.

34 comments:

DebbieK said...

A light gray caesarstone. Something gray but not charcoal gray.

David said...

Whats happening with the backsplash and wall color? I'm inclined to say black quartz for some contrast, but that could be all wrong depending on what else is planned.

Elizabeth said...

white corian. squared edge.

The Glamorous Housewife said...

Is price a consideration? Because I don't know how expensive caesarstone is, but it looks nice, holds up to stains, and comes in many colors. I happen to have a glass composite (expensive) which is also awesome. Personally I don't much like granite, but it is also an option. If she chooses tile my suggestion is to pick a grey or other darker color grout and seal it really well. Good luck to her.

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

Nikki said...

I think polished concrete would look great.

Jessica said...

I think soapstone would go really well with the apron-front sink and the traditional cabinetry.

katiedid said...

Caesarstone....one of the honed finishes they have available....maintenance free and looks like limestone. My clients all love it. Unless, like me, you go for the white marble cuz it is so pretty until the kids chip the heck out if it.

Anonymous said...

"Contrasting colors -- dark wood with light stone -- bring attention to each. ... or texturize your countertop to coordinate with cabinets and flooring"

Anya said...

Tortoise shell granite.

JWS INTERIORS said...

Without a doubt a white or creamy colored granite or soapstone. I think a dark color would not show off the cabinets well. Keep back splash in coordinating color--glossy subway tiles are always stylish and timeless. My two cents!

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Anonymous said...

White corian or caesarstone. Very clean and crisp with the brown.

Quatorze said...

Poured in place polished concrete, honed (not polished) granite or soapstone. any of these would compliment the cabinets and will look better with use. Very small working area, so highly polished granite will show scratches soon.

Quatorze said...

Poured in place polished concrete, honed (not polished) granite or soapstone. any of these would compliment the cabinets and will look better with use. Very small working area, so highly polished granite will show scratches soon.

Lynn said...

We used Silestone in our new kitchen and love it! Always looks beautiful and requires ZERO maintenance.

Lynn said...

We used Silestone in our new kitchen and love it! Always looks beautiful and requires ZERO maintenance.

penelopebianchi said...

For starters, be sure to go up to the bottom of the cabinets on the splash!!

No tile!! Grout is always a problem. The best solid she can afford! Honed stone, (oh please, no granite that looks like the seagulls just invaded)! EWWW!

Solid Caeserstone in cream. I also like solid cream Corian....eased edge..(if you keep the dark cabinets)...

Now, out I step!! on the gangplank!! How about painting the cabinets!! That's what I would do!!

They would look so much more traditional painted! Off-white? And then she could have mahogany counters with a bar finish! The lower cabinets could be a different color!

People think it is sacrilegious to paint dark wood cabinets. There are a minuscule amount of really good dark wood cabinets....(usually veneer); old houses always had painted cabinets; I find dark wood cabinets in kitchens make the room smaller and cut-up!
I also love white marble when it's all chipped! I actually look for it!

There you go!

red ticking said...

caesarstone... not inexpensive but super strong and will last a long time... light natural color... i think it is called quail egg?? call me or stop by if you need more info...
happy new year...

MJH Design Arts said...

Caesarstone....it's great. Mary

Bey said...

Emerald Pearl granite countertop, stainless steel backsplash, and paint those godawful cabinets high gloss black. Add some stainless steel cabinet pulls.

Ashley Trowbridge said...

If the floors are dark, I'd absolutely go with a lighter countertop - yellow ornamental granite is what I used in my kitchen and would work well with the colors of the cabinetry she has (here's a photo of my kitchen pre-backsplash: http://dinnerdelish.blogspot.com/2010/04/finally-update.html). If floors are light, I'd still reco a lighter countertop because it's a nice contrast, but then she also has the option to go darker and I think a soapstone would be beautiful if she has a more traditional style she's going for. More modern style, go for the solid surfaces like silestone/ceasarstone(and concrete) that doesn't have much variation in color.

MFAMB said...

i'm gonna say ceasarstone. thick and white. like discharge.

Fatimata said...

Light white stone (something like syntetic or natural marbre), also for wall until window level to avoid water drops, I should paint the rest of the wall in a very light colour.
I like the cupboards she has choosen.

SFDC said...

Concrete. The soapstone suggestion was a good one too.

Michael Banks said...

dark paperstone!

Hello Lover... said...

Umm if budget possible some big thick carrera. Otherwise something that would look just like it. The cabinets remind me of the stain on those in the kitchen in american horror story - and they were topped with fatty carrera marble and it looked amazing.

HOBAC said...

A terrazzo made from recycled bathtubs or one made from recycled glass?

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

I'd go with honed soapstone but if price is a major consideration a manufactured solid surface (acrylic version of corian) from a big box store is a tolerable option and low maintenance.

LB said...

It probably depends on price; how much abuse the counters will take; how much care your friend wants to give them; and then color availability for the different types. We had looked at counter tops not long ago and found that corian or silistone, I think it was, were our best options.

Anonymous said...

I say polished concrete.

Jess said...

I say a zinc shade of Soap Stone with different hardware pulls. Or at least thicker, more substantial hardware. Just my 2 cents..

Jill said...

Butcher block

tearinguphouses said...

polished concrete or a light cream granite with large movement. maybe.

Anonymous said...

Concrete...unpolished. Although, we'd really need to know what their aesthetic is. I feel bad for you city dwellers and your tiny kitchens...

penelopebianchi said...

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