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There are lots of good reasons for mixing countertop materials in your kitchen designs. Doing so helps you to personalize your clients' projects. Using different materials can also help create form and balance in a room. And various combinations can add color or texture to a design, create a better work surface, help you stay within a client's budget, or create a more luxurious kitchen. Countertop Strategies Before you recommend countertop combinations to your customer, consider how the visual weight, color, and size of the countertop material you have in mind relates to its surrounding partners. Compare textures, patterns and colors, and pay attention to which work well with the design theme. For instance, laminate and solid surfacing work easily