Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Contrast


Loving the contrast between light and dark in this kitchen, from the September issue of House and Home. All my favourite elements - grey stone floors, white cabinetry, lots of drawers, free-standing stove, brushed metal drawer handles - and I am warming to the idea of a dark countertop next time. I have one now where I live, you can see all the smears though. I did love the lighter countertop in my last place. It had flecks in it so you couldn't tell what was dirt and what wasn't... handy with lizard handling boys. What do you think, light or dark? You know you could change my life with your answer!
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PS. Don't know about the corbels though.... bit rustic for me.

26 comments:

  1. I love the black benchtops. This is on my "To Do" list - replace the timber tops in our kitchen with dark corian. It's another one of those cases where I was talked into something I didn't really want and have regretted it ever since. Am off to show Mr B this gorgeous image - just need to move this job up the list a little bit faster after seeing this. Leigh

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  2. The dark counter top certainly does look quite striking/stylish however with a busy family I think the lizard handling proof version of a lighter bench top makes life a lot easier. I have a combination of both wood and stone in our kitchen. Hope this helps. ;-)

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  3. I love the dark benches, but also like light bench tops as you don't see as many smears. Perhaps a dark timber floor is a good contrast. Mimi x

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  4. I do love the dark top! The stone floor is stunning. Also quite like the light peeking through at the top of the picture. Not quite sure if I could change my carrara marble tops though! Letitia x

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  5. I do love the dark top! The stone floor is stunning. Also quite like the light peeking through at the top of the picture. Not quite sure if I could change my carrara marble tops though! Letitia x

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  6. hmmmm tricky question - had I answered this in the last 10 years I would have always said light, but lately I seem to be moving toward the dark side in true Star Wars fashion, I think I will say dark.

    Katie

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  7. i like dark. its such a great contrast to the white and with those added little green leafy bits on the counter top...lush!

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  8. Hi A-M,
    Tricky one - I do love the look of dark on white (am always pulling out pictures of this very combination!) - and have even been investigating using honed black granite (rather than highly polished) in our planned new kitchen to achieve this very look (granite being more durable than slate, but honed hopefully appearing softer and less "glitzy" than polished)
    Buy, saying that - I think I will end up going for "light with a fleck" (Caesarstone) to be practical and match our busy household of 6.
    For me, the dark will have to wait a few more years....
    I do like things to look (& be) clean - but don't want to be a slave to my kitchen bench-tops!
    ...Just to confuse you, if you want some inspiration for the "between light and dark" case - the kitchen in the house in your post yesterday looks lovely, too! Viewed at:
    http://www.houseandgarden.com.au/Gallery_Popup_Preview.htm?index=0&gid=1678

    Too many choices!!!....

    Can't wait till you begin your next project and seeing what decisions you make along the way!
    Cxx

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  9. Ah, we all want what we don't have... I have dark Fireslate counters in most of my kitchen with two wooden sections on another wall flanking the stove, and I love them both. Fireslate reminds me of my father (he was a scientist and had them in his laboratory).
    My son has honed slate in his kitchen and that is great too - I have no direct experience of soapstone, has anyone else?
    My sister's exquisite quartz counter chipped all too easily...
    I think marble looks like a morgue, and the corbels in your photo are a good shape but show-offy.

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  10. Five years ago I wanted a dark/black benchtop, now I want white/light. However, for our house I will be going with a light colour. This will be our "forever" house, so I hope I don't change my mind again :)

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  11. Gorgeous picture A-M! (love the light peeking through!). As much as this combination looks fabulous, matt, dark benchtops would show every tiny crumb and finger mark, so for practicallity wise....I would go light! At least you can change it further down the track if you feel you need to. I have a light speckled benchtop and often miss crumbs because they are camouflaged so well! Oooops!

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  12. Hi A-M, thankyou so much for visiting my blog yesterday, it was such a surprise to see your little logo there - and as I have been reading your blog for well over a year, it just made my day!! thankyou! I do love the kitchen you have posted, especially the wall panelling! I am becoming obsessed lately with beadboard and wainscotting. Very difficult to choose a benchtop though as it can be pricey and not something you could change at the drop of a hat.. Maybe you need to keep looking until you are convinced either way... And maybe little lizards might be a bit more difficult to spot on a dark bench?!!! lol.. I do hope you have a fabulous day,
    hugs from
    Laura curriex

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  13. A-M , I have the best of both worlds. I did a dark benchtop along the back wall bench & the island bench in a white top. I feel the dark bench anchors the room at the back & I wanted the island bench to look more like a piece of furniture , so it wasnt so 'matchy'. So many choices , arent we lucky we have them.
    Karyn x
    P.S I love those floor tiles (next time) . I made the mistake of putting down matt floor tiles after everyone advised me not to have glossy. They show up every crumb & even footprints from clean feet. Thanks Beaumont tiles for that advice (not) !

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  14. Love that kitchen but think I'd go the lighter benchtop and I think those corbels would look better painted white.
    Alison

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  15. Love the dark worktop aussi A-M. but am not sure about the corbels and agree that they would look better painted a lighter colour.

    Leeann x

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  16. yes I'm always a fan of contrast, or dynamic colour styling!

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  17. I'm afraid I'm going against the trend as I don't like the dark bench tops. So common! Everyone has them and it strikes me as a look that will date. Your last bench tops were lovely :-)

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  18. I love the contrast and have several similar pictures saved in my favourites. I think the secret is not to go glossy and still have a fleck to hide the crumbs lol. Beautiful kitchen A-M

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  19. Loving the dark benchtops too! Our last place had what was called "Emerald Pearl" granite bench tops - and it was so dark it was almost black, but it had silver flecks through it. Looked sensational at night, especially seeing the rest of the kitchen was light and we had light tile floors - oh and light silver glass splashbacks to bring out the silver in the benches. I say go for it!

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  20. I have this combo: limestone floor, cream painted units and dark granite countertops - they are charcoal colour with soft dark grey flecks which is pretty forgiving,( bar icing sugar and flour dust!). Still love it a few years on.

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  21. I'm inclined to agree with you on counter-tops A-M. My parents put in dark pressed quartz counter-tops when they renovated and you can see everything on them. Keep it light!

    XO Andrea

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  22. I love the picture, although agree, probably just on the too rustic side for me... but then again... I can't decide between light or dark, either. I think both can look quite stunning. Someone mentioned soapstone above... I caught a "Divine Design" episode on Foxtel a couple of weeks ago, where she did a kitchen with soapstone. It looked, well, divine! I then googled it, and it seems to be very very hard wearing, and goes darker with age. However, it does not appear to be readily available in Australia. It would be great to hear from anyone with any experience with it?

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  23. LOVE this photo. I had black counters and white cabinets in my last house and the fingerprints and dust made me insane. I never felt like they were perfect (I am crazy like that). But I think soapstone would be a better choice. I don't think it would show the fingerprints like some other tops.

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  24. I love the classic look of the dark bench tops with the light cupboards. But then I like a bit of black in a room, as I think it adds some strength and balance to the overall look. I do love these floors, but in my opinion they work because of the dark bench top. If the cupboards and counter tops are light, I think the floor needs to be dark to achieve that balance.

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  25. I love the white cabinets, contrast and flooring. I could live there and feel pretty darn comfortable. The corbels are dramatic, but I'm thinking they should brush a darker, almost black wash on them to be closer to the countertop color tones without being too "matchy".

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx