What color counter with your natural cherry cabinets
For those of you that have natural cherry cabinets, what color granite/quartz/solid surface/laminate did you
I'm really having a tough time deciding. I've gone through the FKB several times but I've seen many pictures of people's kitchens here that are not in the FKB and I didn't know to clipboard them at the time. I was going to get a sample door from Scherrs but I'm not sure how much good that will do since cherry darkens quite a bit the first year.
Here's a pic of my current kitchen:
The layout will basically be the same but with more base drawers and the island will have cabinets full depth instead of the overhang in the back. I have red oak flooring that needs to be refinished but will still be fairly medium. That's a lot of wood. I now have a SS refrigerator and countertop convection microwave and a black induction cooktop. I'm keeping the black DW and will have a SS/black oven.
The kitchen is interior so I'm worried about the counter being too dark. However, the adjacent nook has three windows facing east, a patio door facing south and two skylights that aim into the kitchen sink area so maybe darker wouldn't be bad. I definitely don't like anything brown or yellow but I'm not keen on the whites or grays either. I'm one of those people that hates white Christmas lights (unless there's a whole bunch of them) and doesn't see the point of white flowers. Generally I like cool colors like blues, bluegreens, and purples but all the countertops are earth tones or wild primary colors. Basically I'm a PITA!
I went to a couple of kitchen galleries and a granite supplier this week. I don't like a lot of movement.
I saw a Cambria Bradford sample that was interesting but I'm afraid it's too blue. I can't find it in an demo counter so I ordered a 12x12 sample to see how it looks in our kitchen and to compare to other options. It has grey and blue quartz bits in it along with taupe and cream bits. Not sure how well that will go with cherry and the cream bits may stand out too much for my taste. The woman at one shop turned up her nose at the idea of that with cherry. The woman at another shop got a sample cherry door and said she liked it. It looked better than I thought it would.
I saw a sample of verde butterfly at one kitchen place and a demo counter in verde butterfly at another shop that I liked but it's so dark if the light isn't shining right down on it. The crystals in both of those looked deep blue but it looked green at the granite supplier. The blue pearl was interesting. I liked the crystals and it seemed lighter than verde butterfly but it's so grey to me and I like color. Of the lighter granites I saw one called Ambrosia White that wasn't bad. Bianco Romano was alright but it's so hard to tell how it will look in my kitchen from a slab. There was a leather one called Marron Cohiba that caught my eye but I doubt that would go with anything else.
Do any of these sound like they would go with Natural Cherry in my kitchen? For what this stuff costs, I'd be miserable if I didn't like it once it was installed. Should I be looking at a stained maple instead? The Kraftmaid Toffee stain caught my eye. I've got a medium hickory now. I don't want the open grain of oak. Painted white and cream look great in magazines but I hate it when the seams open in the winter and they're too hard to keep clean.
Is there any hope for me?