I hate counters!
Choosing my cabinets was easy compared to picking counters. (And that took months LOL) I have such a hard time picturing things scaled up in my home, and the photos I like (very modern) won't necessarily work with my home.
We are getting Barker's cabinets in natural cherry (aka clearcoat finish.) Slab doors/drawers. Simple, very angular brushed stainless handles. Combination of stainless and black appliances.
The living room, dining room and kitchen have almost no separation. The main wall of the living room/dining room is painted a deep cranberry, and we have a oriental rugs over hardwood and a fair amount of post-impressionist style art. So, while the kitchen sounds simple, there's a lot going on. The furniture is transitional and angular and there's a lot of cherry wood around in a darker finish than we chose for the cabinets.
I picked out (thought haven't ordered) a tan/brown granite. But I'm not confident about it. I also really like the leathered gray, but I'm worried that it'll be too cold looking and not fit in with the house. I'm not actually a huge fan of granite in general, but I haven't really seen anything else that I do love. I really like some of the soapstone images I've seen, but our budget only puts us in the cheapest granites, so I think soapstone is out. (And I think I chose the most quartz like granite I could find. Can't afford the quartz.)
I do need something durable and want something bacteria resistant. I have two small kids, two cats who eat on the counter, and a job. My counters need to be something I don't have to worry about. LOL
Is there something I'm missing? What might work for me? Would pictures help?