What's the proper way to judge counter/backsplash, cabinet colors
Please help. I'm losing my mind. And more than a little sleep. I've googled every combination of words you can think of that might be the magic thing to tell me what to do for my quartz counter. Although I have little bit of time (at least a week, possibly more) to make this decision, I'm sort obsessing about it and I'll feel oh so much better when it's over.
I'm doing the white kitchen thing (please no flames, I know there are strong opinions on this here, but I like what I like) and I know I want quartz counters to go with my Cloud White cabinets, mother of pearl mosiac backsplash and walnut butcher block island. I have samples of at least 7 different white quartz countertops at my house (and an equal number of other colors that I've ruled out -- I'm going to have one hell of a quartz sample collection to share at the end of this). I cannot get any of them to look right at all times. In some cases I didn't bring a larger sample home from the showroom because it looked so awful there, but then I look at the small sample at home and it's not so bad. I know it's all about lighting, time of day and perspective.
So how should I be looking at these? Stack up the cabinet sample, backsplash and counter sample in a pile and look in different lights? Counter samples horizontal and everything else vertical?
It's very hard to approximate what something will look like when it's stacked on top of my gray speckled laminate counter and the counter sample is only 4 inches square. And the lighting issue is huge. What looks good at night sometimes doesn't work during the day and vice versa. And how much do I need to be taking the floors into consideration (they are porcelain tile with lots of grays and tans in them but very warm in color tone). Since I'm not trying to match them, do I need to be considering them when it comes to choosing the counter?
Clearly I've gone off the rails. Guidance as to how to properly evaluate all these choices would be oh so welcome.