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Daniels Design & Remodeling updated a kitchen in Chantilly with polished Cambria Brittanicca countertops.  Photo: Jason Flakes

Surface Style

Countertop intelligence from Gayle Daniels of Daniels Design & Remodeling
  • Decide what surface will best suit your needs. Choosing your material will narrow down aesthetic options.
  • A neutral hue will look good in 20 years but bold, solid surfaces work well in minimalist kitchens.
  • Consider the undertones in prospective materials. Some colors will bring out a red cast in cherry cabinets, for instance. A neutral surface with veins or specks of color will add vitality.
  • Bring home samples to help you make the right choice.
  • Look at your kitchen holistically. A solid countertop, for example, will complement a patterned backsplash or curtains.

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