Choosing Granite For Your Countertop

Granite is an attractive and durable material that comes in a variety of colors and finishes. However, perhaps that variety is a bit daunting. Learn below about the basics of granite and how it can complement your kitchen design.

Granite Finishes

Granite generally comes in three finishes. The most common is polished. Polishing granite leaves it looking glossy, of course. It also brings out the color and patterning in the granite. While polished granite can highlight imperfections, it's also the easiest to clean.

A honed surface is still smooth, but its finish is not glossy. It cuts back on glare and also hides any imperfections. Sometimes the patterning in the granite is likewise masked.

Perhaps the best of both worlds is a leather finish. The fabricators brush the surface with diamond tips, leaving the granite looking like leather. Leather-finished granite highlights the color and patterning while hiding imperfections.

Granite Colors and Patterns

Granite typically comes in one of 10 base colors and features one of three patterns. Black is the most common color, according to Better Homes and Gardens, followed by brown, burgundy and gray. Intense colors such as blue, green and red are more exotic. White is somewhere in the middle.

Concerning patterning, granite is either solid, marbled or speckled. Solid conveys a uniform look across the slab. Marbled features veins similar to actual marble. Speckled granite has a lot of variations in coloration.

Tips for Granite Countertops

Which granite you choose depends largely on your taste. However, the countertops take up a lot of space, so they really influence the overall look of your kitchen.

Dark, solid granite in a polished finish creates a high contrast look when paired with light walls and cabinetry. However, the darkness can draw the eye too much in a small kitchen if the cabinetry or backsplash is also dark.

High-contrast speckled granite can serve as the centerpiece of your kitchen design, especially if you choose one of the exotic colors. In this case, the rest of the kitchen should be neutral with only a few touches of color to draw the granite hue throughout the space.

Such patterning might overpower a small kitchen, however. This effect can still be achieved by using one of the exotic colors in granite but choosing a solid pattern. To further tone down the effect, select either a honed or leather finish.

With its wide variety of colors and patterns, granite fits into any kitchen. Choose the color combination that best appeals to you, and use it as the basis of your whole kitchen design. Work with a kitchen remodeling company like Creative Kitchen & Bath for professional and beautiful results.