How to Match Kitchen Countertops & Flooring

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The kitchen is the centre of activity in many homes, and it's where many families spend a great deal of time. In addition to being functional, your kitchen should appeal to you aesthetically. Matching kitchen countertops and flooring help unify the decor in your kitchen and appeal to your design taste. Matching kitchen flooring and countertops requires you to shop with a specific style in mind so you can find the colours and look you want in your kitchen.

Look at the style you currently have in your kitchen. If you want to match your flooring with your kitchen countertops, take note of what you already have. For example, if you have contemporary concrete countertops with stainless steel accents, you may not want a rustic floor, such as a laminate wood floor or hardwood flooring, which looks vintage.

Use your digital camera to take pictures of your existing kitchen flooring and countertops. As you shop around for new countertops and flooring, refer back to your picture to remind you of the look you want to match. Compare the colour and style of the new countertops and flooring to your picture. If you want identical colours, then compare the colour of your new countertops with the colour of the flooring in your picture.

Take note of any patterns in your countertops and in your flooring. Even if the colours are the same, contrasting patterns may take away from the design look you want to achieve with your kitchen decorating. Natural stone kitchen countertops, such as granite, have a pattern in them. However, many times this pattern is subtle and adds texture to the countertop, so you can match it with a floor that also have a small pattern, such as ceramic tile. Kitchen countertop designs with geometric patterns paired with flooring that has geometric patterns; however, do not go well together.

Ask to bring samples home to compare. Set the laminate flooring sample up against your countertop or your countertop samples up against your flooring to see how the two complement each other. For patterns and styles you are serious about, ask for larger samples than the 2-inch squares. Larger samples of granite, for example, allow you to see a larger example of how the pattern and colour appears to help you make sure you make the right decision.

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