I have read the two very long countertop threads (VERY helpful) and since they don't have any very recent posts I thought I would start a new thread.
Mine is more of an aesthetic question - it is so hard to tell from small samples how something is going to look, so am seeking advice from those who have gone before.
I've already decided on quartz (Viatera, not mentioned much here, similar to Silestone, Zodiaq, etc.). My colors are greys and beiges, and I have a LOT of counter space in my kitchen - it is a 14' x 14' footprint with lots of angles (like a big octagon), I have a big island in the middle, and a raised 12' long breakfast bar along one side. I think one color countertop everywhere would be overwhelming.
Since I want quartz (considered granite but I'm a hard cooking, messy slob - we spill red wine and tomato sauce, are really hard on our counters) I was thinking of using two complementary colors - mirror images of each other - a beige with grey flecks for most of the counters (Viatera color Palermo) and for the island and for the raised breakfast bar a grey with beige flecks (Viatera color Santiago). And what about the backsplash? I have no large area behind my sink (looks past the breakfast bar into the FR) and no large area behind my cooktop (all windows), so I'll probably just go with the same quartz.
My cabinets are very high quality painted, right now white, I would repaint them a different shade of white. I also have a tile floor which I'm thinking of replacing, but that's another story.
Please offer any opinions. I'm so confused.