How to Coordinate Floor Tile Color & Countertops

Coordinating a set of interior colors requires close observation.
Take your time when choosing a new color scheme for your kitchen.Take your time when choosing a new color scheme for your kitchen.
The goal requires colors to work together visually and not necessarily to match exactly. The distance between the color application, for example, between the color on a countertop and the color found on the floor tile, allows for a visual match and not an exact match. The quality of natural light, the type of light bulbs used in lighting fixtures and other colors used in the room's interior may affect color choices for the counter and floor.

Step 1

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Decide what type of countertop (laminate, stone, concrete) and floor tile (ceramic, vinyl) will be used in the room.

Step 2

Request samples.

Gather samples of the chosen countertop and floor tile by requesting product samples from the retailer the product will be purchased from or by requesting them directly from the manufacturers.

Step 3

View the samples in the room in which they will be used. Place the countertop samples at countertop height and the floor samples below them on the floor.

Step 4

Group the samples by color.

Group the samples by color. Begin eliminating colors in each color group that are not appealing, have no match in the countertop group or in the flooring group or present a texture that does not work with the design theme in the room.

Step 5

Look at your samples in different types of light.

View the remaining colors at different times of the day if the room contains natural (sun) light and in different lighting combinations used in the room (overhead, under counter, work lights, various table and floor lamps).

Step 6

Use samples to aid in your decision.

Continue eliminating colors until the final color pairing is agreed upon. Use larger samples of each product (obtainable through the retailer, sales representative or manufacturer) when it becomes difficult to make a final decision between several color choices.

Things You Will Need

  • Samples of floor tile and countertop colors

About the Author

Alex Burke holds a degree in environmental design and a Master of Arts in information management. She's worked as a licensed interior designer, artist, database administrator and nightclub manager. A perpetual student, Burke writes Web content on a variety of topics, including art, interior design, database design, culture, health and business.