When you walk into someone’s home, you learn a lot about the owner. If you see exposed wood beams, leather couches, and a fireplace, you might assume the decorator is traditional, rustic, and loves the outdoors. On the other hand, homes with glass tables, stainless steel fixtures, and monochromatic color schemes may signal an innovative owner who wants a modern, technological lifestyle.
Your home’s style is as unique as you. But when you think “countertops,” you may not always think about how they reflect your design aesthetic. After all, they have so many practical considerations. While you can choose a piece of art to show off your style, your countertops go through abuse every day. Spills, stray knives, and rowdy children all create a need for countertops that are, above all else, steady. But you don’t have to sacrifice your style for durability.
Your kitchen is the heart of your home. During the holidays, people gather around to help cook-or at least to sneak a taste of the mashed potatoes or freshly baked ham. This popular spot should say something about you and the rest of your home.
Granite comes in countless colors and patterns. Because it’s a natural stone, no two are exactly alike. You can include granite backsplashes, kitchen islands, and other additions to customize your kitchen so it displays the flair you want.
Your kitchen needs countertops that will last, and granite provides that longevity. This igneous rock combines quartz, feldspar, and other minerals to create a dense, hard, and durable product. People use it to construct buildings, statues, and memorials because they know granite will last for years to come. Rely on this material to give you the scratch- and stain-resistant countertops you need.
You may already know a bit about color psychology. In fact, you might have already used some of its principles as you painted other rooms. For example, narrow hallways look best in light, subtle colors to make the space seem wider. Other rooms might use a bold, striped accent wall to draw visitors’ eyes up to tall ceilings.
While you may understand strategic color placement throughout your home, you may not have realized that you can use the same method with your countertops. Granite comes in a variety of shades and colors:
- White: If you want a clean, sleek kitchen design, install white granite. Oil-rubbed bronze or nickel hardware sets off this design choice. While natural wood can give an interesting visual mix, most people pair their white granite with painted cabinetry for a cohesive look.
- Black: Want something that pairs well with your dark hardware or deep brown wood? Black might be your best bet. This is a modern choice that also displays your traditional side. For a bold statement piece, use black granite to contrast white cabinetry.
- Grey: Grey provides a happy medium between white and black granite. The subtle color will make a statement without drawing too much attention.
- Brown: Another classic color choice, brown is the perfect selection if you love your copperware. Its gold and copper undertones will unify your entire design.
- Green: Green granite shows off your rustic, natural design. These are just some of the granite hues you can choose from.
While you can choose a solid color if you’d like, you don’t have to feel tied down to only one of these choices. One of the most fascinating aspects of granite is the intricate design. Many granite slabs contain multicolored waves, spots, and striations. Most homeowners will simply choose one that has the base color they want and then look for patterns that complement that color.
In addition to the solid option, you have two main patterns:
- Exotic: With this option, you can see colors wend their way through the granite. Marbled patterns give a sense of motion that will intrigue any guest.
- Speckled: While exotic granite usually contains large, sweeping patterns, speckled granite displays small, multicolored dots. This is the quintessential granite pattern, so it is also the more common choice.
Once you choose the color and pattern, you need a finishing touch: the edge. Your granite’s edge can say a surprising amount about your design personality. You have many choices, but some of the most popular include:
- Square: This simple, flat edge works well in modern designs.
- Bullnose: The bullnose edge’s rounded finish provides a softer edge that finds a home in more traditional kitchens.
- Chiseled: The name speaks for itself. If you want a different look, choose an edge that looks like an artist chiseled your granite especially for you.
You can add different patterns together to make your granite’s edge as simple or dramatic as you want.
With so many granite options, you may need a little help before you find the one that matches your style. Give us a call to learn more about your options by scheduling a free design consultation today!
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