Pure white countertops generally only available in manufactured materials such as Corian or Caesarstone bring a contemporary minimalist freshness that no natural stone can match. Luckily these materials resist stains well so they can stay a crisp white for years with just a little care. This stark look works well in contemporary spaces. As mentioned the severity of a true white can fight a traditional decor but in a modern space it feels appropriately crisp. It’s especially effective in small spaces such as compact condo kitchens paired with minimalist white cabinets to give the illusion of a bigger space.
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.
A dark richly veined stone can actually feel less dramatic when paired with dark cabinets. Whether you use espresso wood or a modern painted gray as shown in the previous photo coordinating a base tone in the stone with one of a similar darkness or lightness in the cabinets will help the two connect.