Granite continues to be one of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops. Part of its popularity stems from its suitability for countertops — granite is very durable and easy to maintain. However, much of granite's popularity stems from its beauty. Granite slabs offer a wide variety of patterns and colors. Find out how to choose a slab that will work in your kitchen decor.
Neutral Granite Colors
In terms of granite slabs, neutral colors refer to shades of brown and yellow — they appear to be somewhere on the spectrum of beige with either cool or warm undertones. Naturally, neutral granite colors create a neutral backdrop for the rest of your kitchen decor. You can utilize this neutrality to let your cabinetry or tile work shine. Conversely, the neutral facade of your granite countertops can serve as a chic component of a monochromatic kitchen.
Other Common Granite Colors
White, gray, and pink granite slabs are relatively common. If you choose one of those colors, though, you'll be drawing attention to your countertops. Therefore, you'll want other aspects of your decor to complement the countertops. For example, you can pair white granite with cherry wood cabinets. Pink granite works well in homey kitchens, such as farmhouse or cottage style-kitchens, because of the underlying warmth.
Bold Granite Colors
Less common granite colors include black, red, blue, and green. Naturally, these granite colors are the most eye-catching of the lot. If you're considering one of the bold colors, plan with care. For example, you'll want your countertops to take center stage, so the cabinetry and tile work should recede into the background. Many kitchen designers recommend saving the bold slabs for kitchen islands or other isolated areas.
Solid-colored granite isn't really solid-colored — there's simply little variation in pattern. Solid-colored granite can work for your kitchen if it's small so that any patterning won't overwhelm the petite space. However, if you choose a charcoal or black slab, you can use your countertops as a bold statement in a modern kitchen.
Speckled slabs are what many homeowners first think of in terms of granite countertops. The surfaces offer a lot of variation in color. If you're choosing speckled granite, use the colors in the patterning throughout your kitchen. For example, imagine a slab with shades of pink and gray. One of the gray shades can serve as your paint color, while the pink should feature somewhere in your decor, such as in the tile work.
As the name suggests, marbled granite resembles marble. Because granite tends to be less expensive than marble and easier to care for, you can use marbled granite in place of actual marble. The countertops can provide an elegant surface in a Mediterranean-style or other old-world-style kitchen.
Use the patterning and coloration of granite to choose countertops that complement your kitchen.
To learn more about your options, contact a custom home builder.