A decade or so back, choices for granite worktops were limited to local quarries, although this natural stone has been used widely in both road and building construction. However, today, granite is widely accessible, and homeowners can purchase it worldwide.
This makes it easier for you to incorporate granite into your home. Not only is this natural stone durable, but also it is easy to clean and increases your home’s value. The natural colours and pattern of granite help pull together all the design elements in your kitchen.
Here are quick tips in picking the ideal granite colour for your home kitchen.
Gather all necessary materials
Ordering a granite slab without considering the existing style of your kitchen and then hoping for the best outcome is not only an expensive risk but also a disaster waiting to explode. You need a good eye for detail when selecting granite worktops.
To make the selection an easier task, bring colour samples of your wall paint, cabinet finish, kitchen appliances and flooring. However, if a sample isn’t possible, take pictures instead.
To get a good idea of how your chosen piece of granite will look in your kitchen, place the samples or images around or on the granite slab you’re planning to get.
If you have darker cabinetry such as cherry wood, stay away from black granite. This will overpower the look of your kitchen.
Instead, opt for a medium to light old-world look like beige-coloured granite slab with greens, brown and yellow.
Don’t forget the kitchen lighting
Granite is a stunning and beautifully unique surface. However, if your kitchen’s lighting is bad, there’s no way you can fully appreciate you gorgeous surface. So, make sure you take into consideration your kitchen’s lighting.
If there’s little to no natural light pouring into your kitchen, opt for a granite surface with a significant amount of gold or white or with tons of light-coloured specks.
Black, deep blue, mahogany and darker colours looks great in spaces that receive a substantial amount of natural light. Meanwhile, pendant and track lighting help enhance the beauty of your stone.
Avoid the sticker shock
Granite is among the most sought-after worktop surfaces in the market, known for its durability, being one of the hardest stones available, and exceptional patterns and colours. It’s no surprise that you’ll be seeing a wide array of prices.
Rare colours and special treatments could potentially jock up the prices. So before settling in particular granite colour, shop around and compare prices and also consider the type of granite that you actually need.
If you have a tight budget, ask instead about granite overlay and granite tiles as well.
Online shopping for granite worktops seems too tempting, convenience-wise. Yet nothing is better than seeing the stone with your own eyes. Why?
Fine colour patterns are quite difficult to capture, and there may be subtle differences in textures and shades that could be missed during photography.
In fact, even shopping in-stores still poses a few challenges in colour selection. Contrary to what many think, even granite slabs of the same classification and colour greatly vary.
So once you have chosen which colour you want, ask the dealer for samples within the same colour subset. This will allow you to compare and exactly get the colour you want for your own dream kitchen.