How to Choose the Right Granite for Your Countertops
Your countertops are one of the most important elements of your kitchen or bath and have a great impact on the value of your home. Choosing the right material for your needs can be tricky and it is important to consider several variables such as lifestyle, longevity and durability. Granite countertops are a favorite for many reasons and a safe choice for most homeowners for ease of use and resale value!
There are many different types of granite to choose from, each with its own unique features and benefits and granite comes in a wide range of colors and patterns.
Natural granite slabs range in color from the neutrals of white, black, and brown to the more bold and exotic colors such as blues, greens and reds.
You will want to view several different types and style to determine the right one that will show your kitchen in the best light.
To help you make an informed decision, here is a breakdown of some key factors that you should consider when selecting granite for your kitchen:
Choose Your Focal PointWhen you are designing a look for your kitchen or bath, you will want to choose one element to create the common element or color scheme for the room. Your design can be based around the granite you choose. This means you would match the cabinet color, paint color(s) and backsplash to the colors in the granite – either the dominant color or, for a subtler approach by finding matching veins or streaks. Alternatively, you can first choose another design element – such as cabinet finish or backsplash and then choose your granite to coordinate with this element.
Determine the EffectIn some cases you may need to choose the color of your granite based on the effect that that granite makes in the room. For example, a small room with a dark granite might make the room seem smaller than you want. On the contrary, a light colored granite can make the room seem lighter and more open, so a granite in white, beige or gray might be a good choice. Dark granite is great for adding drama to a room so it can be used as an accent or in one area, such as an island, and create an effect without overpowering the entire design. Then, think about patterns in your room. If you love a colorful or busy design, a neutral or solid granite for your countertop will offer a basic contrast to the look and feel. And if you love a more modern, monochromatic look, the movement and drama from a granite with a flamboyant pattern can provide a beautiful focal point and contrast.
Consider the PairingSome items just work together better and that understanding can provide inspiration for your room design. Some tried and true pairings that can get you started:
- Gold or neutral granites go well with dark hardwood cabinets
- Black or other dark granites go well with light woods or cabinets painted white or gray
- Black granites go well with neutral colors or well-lighted areas
- White, green or earth tone granites go well with cherry wood cabinets