Here we have a close-up of counters that we have seen a lot of, but never this close up. You can see at this vantage point that it truly does reflect light very well, and is the reason why I think they are such a good choice for people to use. Now, if you do not want to use black, many designers will use black and white speckled granite on their counters to change things up. I like the way that black can help offset lighter color tones so as to have a space that is not too bright. It definitely balances out the light wood paneling.