Having a hard time deciding what goes best with what as you shop for new bathroom countertops?
One of the toughest choices can be deciding which color works best with your existing bathroom décor. Your decision is made more difficult when you only have photos of your bathroom to go on and you try to imagine how the new countertop would look once installed.
Not to worry. There are a few easy tricks to picking the perfect countertop color and design.
Here are your steps for putting it all together:
Determine Your Color Pallet
Do you already have a color pallet for your bathroom? If not, it’s time to create one!
With a color pallet, you choose a selection of one or more colors that you’ll use throughout the room. These colors will help you determine everything from your wall color to accessories, artwork, flooring and, of course, your countertops.
Many people choose to use a monochromatic scheme because it’s simpler. For example, you might use different shades of blue, from light to dark. Or, you might choose combinations of gray, black or white.
Alternatively, you might use complementary colors like blue and peach, green and yellow, or lilac and gold.
One popular classic scheme features a light color like white or beige and a contrasting dark color like deep brown or dark gray. The light color serves for the walls, the dark color for countertops, and then a mix of the two is used for the flooring. Add a bright accent color or two and you’re set!
When choosing your color scheme, note that certain colors can make others look brighter. For example, if you choose a blue or gray countertop, it will bring out the red or pink tones in cherry wood. The same countertop color will also draw out orange and yellow undertones in natural wood or paint colors.
Natural stone countertops like marble or granite can be chosen from slabs with veins of color like yellow, gray, or white that you can use as part of your scheme. Imagine a painting of sunflowers hanging in your bathroom that perfectly complements the yellow veins in your granite countertops.
Take Samples Home
Have you ever loved a paint sample in the store, but then not loved the way it looked at home? Store display lighting is much different than the lighting in your house, so it’s a good idea to try it before you buy it.
If possible, take samples of the countertops home. Also take samples of any other materials or colors you’re planning to change such as paint color, flooring, or wall tiles. This way, you can see how the colors look in the lighting of your bathroom and get a more accurate sense of how the new countertops will look before making any final purchases.
Don’t rule out the possibility that you’ll want to change the look of your bathroom again at some point in the future. If possible, choose a neutral, plain color for your countertop that makes it easy for you to alter your scheme down the line. For example, black, gray, white, beige and most natural stone leave plenty of possibilities open for changing up your accent colors if you’re so inclined. These neutral design choices can help you avoid changing your countertop unnecessarily in the future.
Planning out your bathroom countertops may take some time and effort, but it’s well worth it! If you’re still feeling unsure, just get a friend or family member involved for a second opinion. Your remodeling project can be a fun and rewarding experience when you have a solid plan of action.