White countertops are quite popular in households across the country. Homeowners adore them because they stand out in a way that other colors really don’t. They make a kitchen look clean, calming and trendy. In addition, they can ensure that your overall décor does not become too dull. However, when trying to work your white countertops into the overall kitchen scene you have to think about the trim as well.
Why is the trim important?
Look around the edges of your countertops. How do they look? Feel them. How do they feel? They look rough and feel rough, right? This is why trim is important. Trim is the piece of material you use on the edges of your countertops to make them appear like the real deal. You could have the best countertops in the world, but as long as they are not accentuated by the right trim material and color, there will always be a question of what could have been. You have to think through the trim choices you have and work with them accordingly. Keep in mind that the countertop should remain the focal point in your kitchen.
Will white trim work on white countertops?
Yes, and no. It all depends on what kind of white you are planning to use. There has to be a clear boundary between these two. If there isn’t, then it can become quite difficult to decide where the countertop ends and the trim starts. You want to make sure that your trim directs the eyes of the observer to the countertops, while deflecting attention from other less subtle items in the room and that won’t be achieved if there is a sea of white for as long as the eye can see. So, while the trim and countertops can both be white, they cannot be the exact same shade of white. You will need to go for a darker shade of white so that it doesn’t take attention away from the countertop. This requires a delicate balance, so make sure that there is a clear transition between the shades of white you go for to create a definite, visible boundary between the trim and countertop.
If your countertop is ghost white, choose ivory trim. If it is seashell, go for a trim that comes off as cream or beige. Generally, you can play around with various shades of white as long as they do not take the attention off the countertop. Homeowners have been known to tinker around with the whole spread of whites, most of the times to an astonishing effect. While making these decisions, think about what your color choices are going to do to the rest of the room. Are they going to make it gloomier? Are they going to create a sense of space? Is it possible to play with the trim and countertop colors without creating any kind of imbalance in the way the visual aspects of your kitchen or bathrooms are laid out?
When you go for duller trim colors, you create a warm feeling all around. When trim colors differ immensely from your countertop colors, then the effect is vibrant and offers plenty of high contrast. The latter works for some, but it’s nice to sometimes dumb things down. There are quite a number of trim colors that could work with white countertops. For example, natural wood in its unpainted splendor is a great choice since it brings about a sense of organic appeal. Wood comes in a range of neutral colors, all the way from beige to golden luster. Basically, all you have to do is get the perfect trim color to go with your white countertops and find a few compatible undertones. Mid tones or grays will work.
However, for as long as you can, stay away from dramatic colors because they will take away the glory from your carefully laid out countertops. Getting your trim colors right will go a long way toward giving you the appeal you have been yearning for in your kitchen. There are many colors that can either match or contrast white countertops.