Popular Design Colors for Granite Kitchen Countertops

Granite Kitchen Countertops Compared

Granite kitchen countertops are very popular, durable and can be interesting. We look at the color trends.

Granite has been the most popular choice in kitchen counter top materials for both new construction and kitchen remodeling for a number of years. It's really no surprise! Few materials offer the durability, luxury, beauty, and value of granite. It's available in hundreds of colors and patterns and because it is a natural material no two slabs are exactly alike. When you install granite kitchen countertops, you can rest assured that you are adding a unique element to your kitchen that no one else will have!

There are so many different species, colors and patterns of granite available that the place to start is with your design aesthetic. Consider the style of your kitchen as well as your personal taste when choosing the perfect granite kitchen counter tops. Almost anything you want is available from luxurious white that mimics the look of marble to the contemporary look of solid black.

Choosing the Right Slab

Small samples can give you an idea of color and pattern when viewed within the context of your existing design elements like cabinets and flooring, but they're really not the best example of what a finished countertop will look like. Whenever possible try to pick new granite kitchen counter tops by viewing full slabs at a stone yard. This will give you a truer sense of the actual pattern and color.

If you're working with a designer, they can help you make sure that your granite will work with your other kitchen elements like cabinets, hardware, and flooring. The designers at Toulmin Cabinetry and Design are current on all of the latest trends in color and can help you to narrow your choices before you buy.

About Finishes

Granite is available in three finishes and each offers a distinct look. Polished granite is the most common and it offers a glossy luxurious look and feel that is at home in any kitchen. Honed granite is a matte finish that offers a “leather-like” texture and is wonderful if your taste runs towards a more natural look. Finally, “flamed granite” is a newer finish that's created by subjecting the stone to extremely high temperatures in a controlled process and offers a rougher, muted look. Flamed granite has traditionally been used as a counter top material in outdoor kitchens, but some homeowners are opting to use it as an interior finish for a unique look.

Along with finishes, edging can add an additional focal point to your granite kitchen counter tops. From bullnose edging and half round to waterfall countertops, there are a number of different finished edge choices that can add a wonderful element to your design. Your kitchen designer can explain your options when it's time to choose.

Classic Colors For Granite Kitchen Countertops

Granite kitchen countertops are available in a variety of colors depending on the species and origin of the slab. Some are hard to come by and can be expensive, for example, white granite is hard to find. Typically white countertops are available with gray, black, even red or blue natural flecks throughout the surface. White countertops can be strikingly beautiful when paired with a darker cabinet like cherry and when used in a smaller kitchen can give the illusion of a more open environment.

Black or gray granite kitchen countertops can offer a dramatic look in a contemporary kitchen that features light wood or white cabinets. While dark granite is limited to a small variety of kitchens, dark brown or beige offers a more neutral color palette that expands their use into other styles.

Red and Blue granite are less common choices, but if you're looking to make a statement, these colors can be an exotic and exciting focal point. Pair these with light colored cabinets and a muted paint palette to create a stunning kitchen design!

Counter top color trends for both homeowners and designers change often. Today these varieties are extremely popular and warrant a look.

• Tan Brown – offers a rich color palette that, thanks to its neutral color can fit into any kitchen design from traditional to contemporary.

• New Venetian Gold - this has been a top choice for a few years now. It features a lighter neutral golden cream background with metallic flecks that add sparkle. It works well when paired with darker cabinets and a simple backsplash.

• Santa Cecilia – is a light neutral color much like Venetian, but features more variation and a beautiful natural movement that can please even the pickiest homeowner!

Uba Tuba – this is a fabulous species. It has a dark black base color that features gray, purple and gold undertones throughout. It's a great choice if you're looking for a bold statement and a focal point for your kitchen design.

• Black Pearl – another dark granite kitchen counter top, black pearl features a dark black base that is more speckled than swirled. It also features an undercurrent of bright almost iridescent flecks within the stone if you're looking for some subtle sparkle!

While trends can change, granite is a timeless countertop surface that is durable, functional, luxurious and relatively easy to maintain. If you're feeling overwhelmed, speak with one of our kitchen designers. They can help you to understand your choices and help you narrow your search. One thing is certain, whatever you choose, the right granite kitchen countertops can provide you with a lifetime of service and enjoyment!

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