Lighter woods tend to have more of a casual or rustic feel compared with darker‐stained options. Light‐stained or unstained woods can have a cottage‐inspired feel or a Scandinavian vibe depending on whether you pair them with traditional or modern accouterments. In either case a traditional runner rug makes an excellent complement. Darker woods come off a little more formal and polished than lighter tones. They lend a certain gravity to a space which can work well in areas that are already bright and breezy with lots of windows. When mixing wood counters with other wood finishes it’s often best to stick to either warm or cool tones across the board. Red‐brown woods are more traditional while ashy gray tones have been a popular modern trend in recent years. Whichever tones you prefer they will be less likely to clash if you stick to one family or the other.
Believe it or not there can be such a thing as too much counterspace. When it happens it's most often seen in the L‐shaped kitchen layout. In this kitchen hutch‐style cabinets on the countertop solve this problem add to the aesthetic and create additional storage. This solution also cuts down on the clutter that can appear when there's too much counterspace outside of the main work triangle.
Plastic Laminate Kitchen Counters. Although it’s sometimes scoffed at by stone lovers plastic laminate still has a serious fan base. The wide range of customizable edges and finishes means it can work in any design. At $8 to $20 per square foot installed its affordable price makes it a winner for many. However it’s not the most durable of countertops so it may not be best for heavy‐duty cooks.