Selecting Your Countertop Style

Posted on 08/23/2010 at 5:22pm

Decorating style is what makes a house a home. It is personal expression. Figuring out your style sounds more difficult than it really is. The simple answer is that your style is the one that suits your life and works for you and your family. You do not have to adhere to a specific look or even the fashion of the moment. Style is really combining color, pattern, shapes and texture with the architecture of the house in a way that is pleasing to you.

Start by looking at your own home. If you were to pretend to visit your home for the first time, how would you describe the decorating style? Think traditional, casual, contemporary, formal, eclectic, country, rustic, southwestern or old world? Pick one that best focuses on your taste. You have some clues in your existing furniture about what defines your style.

Then begin by gathering ideas. You’ll find them in decorating magazines. Clip out the pictures that please you. It could be a color or pattern or texture that grabs your attention. Maybe you like the new countertop in one of the homes of neighbors or friends. Take a photo of that installation. Visit model homes as well for other ideas. These visual clues will help you narrow your choices and will prepare for making a style decision.

Ask yourself about your own personal entertaining style, as this will help you determine what you select. Do you entertain a lot? Does everyone gather in the kitchen? Do you use your kitchen as a buffet? Or are you likely to entertain in the dining room away from the kitchen? Do you and your children cook together? Are their friends often in your kitchen? The answers to these questions will reflect your decorating selections and preferences.

You may want your new kitchen to be casual, not formal. Think of surfaces that are matte in finish, as they will blend with the other colors in the room. Try Wilsonart® HD®, that uses both matte and gloss finish to mimic the variations in nature’s own finishes.

If you want your kitchen to have that old world charm, then a great choice is the elegant marble looks of the Fusion series in deep green, blue and black as well as neutral tones. This is the perfect complement to this style.

Maybe your home is very traditional, but you want a more updated look in the kitchen. Don’t go too high-tech, because the results will be out of balance with the rest of the rooms in your home. Instead, pick a color found on the wall or on fabric used on a nearby dining chair. You can easily find a matching choice in the Wilsonart® Standards. If you want to be a little more adventurous, the Roca series expertly replicates time-worn stone and is a natural fit.

If you like a clean, minimal look, then use the countertop to add a touch of metallic or texture. Take a quick look at Wilsonart® Decorative Metals or Metalaminates, which are great for backsplashes. For countertops with a pearl or metal feel, check out these patterns – Pearl Dust LS, Satin Stainless, Windswept Pewter, Windswept Bronze or Pewter Brush. If you prefer stone looks, glance at stone patterns with the Quarry Premium Finish, which has the beauty of stone without the price.

With hundreds of options for your countertops and kitchen surfaces, it’s best to narrow the scope by deciding on your color scheme and picking the texture that suits you best. Choose what you feel that makes you most comfortable. Order samples from Wilsonart to help you decide. Tape the samples up on the walls or on your existing counter. Examine them both in daylight as well as at nighttime. Lighting can change the way you look at your color choices. And you are on your way to defining your personal decorating style.

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