As an on-going trend in Kitchen Design, today's Monday Match-Up focuses on mixing stone selections. The most common way to achieve this look is to choose one stone for the Perimeter of a Kitchen, and another stone for your Island. The key is to select stones that will provide contrast, but are naturally complimentary. The first example proves that opposites attract, showcasing Cinza Soapstone (nearly black once waxed or oiled) to be used along the Perimeter of your Kitchen, mixed with a bold white Venatino Marble on the Island. The color combination is timeless, but the mixing of materials feels completely modern. The second example shows how reversing foreground and background colors can provide an exciting design mix. The New Venetian Gold chosen for the Perimeter is grounded in golds and tans, featuring specs of black and deep brown. On the Island, the color scheme is reversed using the dynamic Desert Dream. With sweeping black and brown as the focus and golds as a backdrop, your eye easily connects back to the Perimeter stone. The last example uses stones that are in the same color family, but have varied pattern. For the Perimeter, Coast Green grounds the Kitchen with subtle movement and a mostly consistent pattern. On the Island, Waterfall provides sweeping and dynamic motion, moving your eye across the room. No matter which stones you choose, keep these simple design tips in mind and you're sure to be a mix master! For more help, feel free to stop in to Stone Master's and ask any of our Sales staff for advice.