There are not many features that impact the value of your home like your kitchen countertops, so it’s only natural that you want them to be 100 percent perfect. Since granite is such a popular material and has stayed relevant over the years, it’s safe to say that this stone will serve you well.
But after you decide on granite, there are still more choices to be made. There are tons of colors and patterns to keep in mind regarding this stone—from white, black, and brown to red, green, and blue. You want to choose the slab that will make your kitchen come to life, but it can be overwhelming and daunting to do so.
At Legacy Tile & Granite, we know granite countertops, and we’re glad to give you the rundown on what you can expect from all the choices in front of you.
When you’re choosing your granite slab, you can do one of two things: 1) pick out the main color in the granite that best complements the dominant color in the kitchen (usually found on the cabinets), or 2) go with a subtler option and pick out a color that you see in the veins or streaks. For example, if you have black cabinets, you can either choose a granite countertop that has a black base or black veins.
Light or Dark
You may want to think of the big picture rather than the fine details when it comes to the shade of your granite. For example, if you have a small kitchen, you may want to invest in light-colored granite in order to open it up.
If you have a modern kitchen and would like to add a splash of drama, dark granite can do wonders in that respect.
While most people focus on the color of the granite slab, sometimes the pattern is more important. If you have a colorful or busy kitchen, it may be in your best interest to choose a granite slab with a solid look in order to contrast the vibe. If you have a kitchen that is on the simpler side, then a flamboyant granite slab can spice up the room and provide an interesting accent.
Consider These Pairs
There are certain pairings that you can create in your kitchen that work. If you’d like some inspiration, take these design pairs into consideration:
– Dark hardwood cabinets (made of mahogany, for example) and neutral granite countertops.
– Light wood cabinets (made of oak, for example) and black granite countertops.
– Deep brown cabinets and green granite countertops.
– Rich red cabinets (made of cherry, for example) and earth tone granite countertops.
Rules to Remember
If you’re still stuck on the decision, here are a few rules of thumb to remember:
- Black Granite
Black granite typically pairs well with a neutral or monochromatic kitchen to give it a flair of elegance, especially if the kitchen is large and well lit. In a small kitchen, pairing black granite with white cabinets works great because black granite makes the white cabinets float and allows them to act as the focal point of the room.
- White Granite
White granite pairs best with shiny and sleek appliances in order to give the kitchen a contemporary vibe. It can also work well with vintage or retro appliances. The truth about white granite is that it goes with nearly anything—you just have to make sure to find a slab with depth to avoid a flat-looking kitchen.
- Red Granite
While deep red granite is rare, it can be a bold, stunning choice to use with neutral-colored cabinets. Depending on the shading and highlights within your red granite slab, your kitchen will gain either a bright or a dramatic look.
Making Your Choice
Since granite countertops are so versatile, there’s a way to make all sorts of styles work for kitchens of every sort. If you’re having a tough time deciding which style works for you, get in touch with us at Legacy Tile & Granite today at (850) 215-5779.