When people say that they want to match their countertops with the kitchen flooring or floor tiles, they are not just talking about the color. Matching these two attributes of the kitchen also means the texture of the floor, its designs, the patterning, etc. When a person is thinking about buying the kitchen countertops or other things for the kitchen, the floor of the kitchen must be the starting point of reference. The things bought must not necessarily match the color of the floor but must definitely complement it. When zeroing in on the material, the material and color must also be looked into with great detail.
When a person goes to shop for a countertop, it is better to carry the picture of the kitchen tile. With the picture on hand, it would be easy to make a decision and one would be able to cross check as many times as possible. If the individual thinks that the picture would not be able to give the real feel of the tile, then he can also carry the tile sample which was left over at the time of the floor installation. If no such tiles were left over, then before shopping for the countertop, the person can go to a home store and buy the same tile. There are several shops that sell sample tile pieces so getting one should not really be a big problem. Once the sample tile is purchased, the person can go ahead with his countertop shopping.
Once the person has the sample of the tile, he can look for different samples of countertops that would go well with the tile as far as color and texture is concerned. As the tile is readily available, one can make several matches within a short span of time. Countertops are made from different materials and not all materials would go well with a specific tile. It is, therefore, necessary to go to a home store and match the materials with the tile. If the person already has a specific tile material in mind, then he can look for the material in the shop. This would make the job much easier.
Once the samples of the countertop are selected, they should be placed in the room where they would be used. It should be placed at the right height so that the viewing does not become a problem and it gives an accurate view of things. These samples should be placed in rooms where such cabinets and countertops do not exist. For the height, one can make use of books and boxes. Once the countertop has been placed on the book, the uninstalled floor tile must be placed on the floor. This would give an approximate if not an accurate picture of whether the tile and countertop will go with each other or not.
If there are too many colors to choose from for the countertops, then these should be grouped together. The ones that do not match or complement the floor tiling must be eliminated and the tops that match should be kept aside. To get the best results or output, the tiles and the tops must be placed in an environment which is filled with natural light and not man-made ones. With the man-made lights, the overall results can be distorted to a great extent. It is precisely for this reason that one should not check these two accessories in a store or a shop as the interior lights of the store can have an impact on the actual colors of the tile and the countertop. In addition to natural lighting, the sample items must also be viewed under lights that would most probably be used in the kitchen or above the countertop.
The trial-and-error or the elimination methodology must be continued until the correct match has been found. It must be noticed that sample materials for the selection must be big enough in size so that the results arrived at are do not deviate from the final output when the flooring and the countertop get installed. It is, therefore, imperative that one asks for larger samples from the shopkeeper or the store.
The last bit of the process is laying the surface for the countertop and the floor tiles. If the tiles used on the floor and the countertop is the same, then it is imperative that the surface being laid also match with each other. The installation process of the floor and the countertop could be different to some extent; however, the tools and equipments being used are pretty much the same. Therefore, a person who can do the floor tile installation would be able to do countertop work as well. This would not only save costs but would also mean that both the work can be done in conjunction.