Choose The Right Granite For A Kitchen That Rocks

When planning a kitchen remodel, new features like granite countertops can add a whole new dimension of beauty and professionalism to your kitchen. But it can be difficult to decide between all the different colors and styles of granite out there. Here's a handy guide to how to choose.

Consider the Surroundings

The colors of the cabinets surrounding the granite will add their own touches to the countertops' impression, so start by taking a look at your intended cabinetry. If you have light-colored woods or pale painted cabinets, a dark countertop can add balance and texture to the space. But dark cabinets -- such as cherry wood -- coupled with dark granite may overwhelm the space. If you really want darker granite colors like greens, blacks or deep blue, try adding stainless steel appliances to help break up the space visually. Softer, lighter granite colors tend to be easier to match, working best with white appliances and white or neutral wall colors. 

Consider the Lighting

Just as with darker cabinetry, dark granite countertops added to areas that don't get a lot of light can have the effect of making an area seem smaller and perhaps even strangely uninviting. Use these colors if your kitchen gets a lot of natural lighting through larger windows or via a skylight, or if you can add to the overhead lighting during the remodel process. For rooms with less light, try granite in a white, beige or gold shade with lots of light-colored or brilliant specks. 

Consider the Cost

If cost is a consideration (and for most homeowners, it is), avoid granite slabs that are specialized, such as those that require special treatments or are in rare colors. If you do fall in love with a certain, more expensive granite type, consider a two-tone granite plan: use the main, less-expensive granite around the walls of the kitchen while adding just an island or other focal point made of your special material. 

Choosing a particular granite material for your counters is a decision you should try to make early in your budgeting process, since it can vary widely in cost and availability. After considering these three factors, you should be able to narrow your focus down to a certain set of shades and an overall style to your stone choices. This will help you and your contractor decide how to design a kitchen that will show off your granite in the best way it can. To learn more, speak with a business like Artisan Granite & Marble.