Do you start with picking out a new counter top? Or, do you start with picking out a new wall paint color? Or, what about painting cabinets or the backsplash? I had this conversation recently and I think the answer is: whichever item is most important to you! There is no right or wrong way to go about updating materials. If you start with the counter top then you can match paint color. Or, if you start with a wall paint color then you can match the counter top or backsplash.
If you plan to stay long-term, updating to please yourself is most important. However, if you plan to sell and move, then thinking of the general buyer would be an important factor to consider. The general consumer likes neutral and traditional. The general consumer is typically a medium-grade buyer; not too fancy and not too cheap.
When remodeling, it’s also important to match the value of the home. For example, if you have a basic, affordable ranch, you most likely would avoid spending thousands of dollars on a solid surface counter top. However, if you have a high-end priced home, you most like would not pick out the cheapest laminate top.