Kitchen CountertopsWhen you opt for a granite kitchen countertop, you’re getting a seriously strong surface which is going to last you for a long amount of time. This is a great perk, because it means that you’re not going to need to replace your surface any time soon, and you get the beautiful, natural appearance that granite is so famous for too.

If you’re not too sure on whether to actually go for granite or not, here are the main advantages:

  • Granite is the strongest natural stone
  • It is highly heat, stain, and scratch resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Low maintenance, only requires sealing around once per year
  • Available in a large amount of colours, patterns, and finishes
  • Widely available, so you can shop around for deals

Now you’ve had your head turned by this strongest natural stone, you’ll be wanting to think about colours. Of course, it’s always a good idea to check out particular colours in the showroom, because every single colour will look slightly different in natural light and artificial light, and you want to be sure of what you’re getting.

Aside from that, shopping around for deals will yield results, because if you can save anything, it’s a major bonus!

In terms of the most popular kitchen countertop granite colours, these are five of the most popular.

Black – This is never going to go out of fashion, and a monochrome décor will look fantastic no matter what year it is.

White – Light reflecting and very clean, white is a fantastic choice. Don’t be fooled into thinking that white is just white, because there are countless different shades of white to choose from; if you’re a little scared of bright white, you could go for something a little more muted.

Grey – Go for a dark or a light grey, or perhaps something in the middle, and pair it with cream or white for a truly modern and beautiful appearance. You can have a plain grey, or you can add in a pattern, such as veining or ‘spots’, to add character.

Coffee colours – We are talking about cappuccino, latte, or espresso here, i.e. mid, light, and dark brown. Again, pair it with a lighter shade for a beautiful combination, and add in patterns in the various shades you choose.

Duck egg blue – For small kitchens, a light duck egg blue, paired with cream or white, is super-fashionable, and also light reflecting, which makes the room look larger, without the need for a pricey extension!

These five colours are the primary decision, and from there you need to think about the light or darkness of the shade, the pattern you want, or no pattern at all, and then the finish – i.e. do you want a shiny finish, or do you want something which is matte?

These decisions will all add up to the beauty and wonderful appearance of your new granite worktop, making your kitchen look super-fashionable, edgy, and also give you a new addition to your home which is going to stand the test of time.

As a tip, try and avoid edgy fashion colours, i.e. anything which is ‘faddy’ – you will find these don’t go with everything and if you decide to change your décor, you’re going to be stuck with a colour which is difficult to work around.

Marble Kitchen WorktopsGranite is a very popular choice when it comes to kitchen worktops, and when you think about the advantages of this very strong natural stone, it’s no wonder! Granite worktops are built to last, and they certainly tick that box.

Granite is highly scratch resistant, highly heat resistant, readily available, and very strong and durable. For these reasons alone, many people opt for granite, but the overwhelming choice of colours can make your final decision difficult. If you’re wondering which shade to go for, check out these eight colours, some of the most popular on the market at the moment.

  1. Andromeda White – This is a fantastic choice for anyone who wants to go for white, but doesn’t want the starkness of a plain shade. The base colour is a bright white type, but the lines and veins over the top are in a light grey and almost purple, making this the ideal choice to mix with white, black, grey, or even purple decors.
  1. Angola Black – Again, if you don’t want to choose a plain shade, but you want to go for black, this is a good option. The base black isn’t jet black, but the veins over the top are dark black, grey, and white in speckled patterns.
  1. African Red – For something a little different this is the ideal choice. The base is a terracotta red shade, but the pattern over the top is a grey, black and white speckle pattern. This is a good option for those who want to go a little retro in their kitchen style, as black and red are a fantastic choice, or even black and grey.
  1. Baltic Green – This granite shade is a mixture of black and green, with large circular blotches over the top, almost in a flower pattern. You could pair this worktop with black, green, cream, or white, for a very attractive finish.
  1. Colonel Gold – If you are wanting something opulent and creamy, this is the ideal option to go for. The base is a cream and white mixture, but the markings over the top are almost like molten gold! A mixture of gold, brown, and beige, the swirls are unsymmetrical and look fantastic when paired with cream, brown, beige, or white.
  1. Ivory Chiffon – If you want to be reminded of the beach, go for granite shade. A cream and beige mix, the markings over the top look like sand, with slightly glittered speckles here and there. Again, mix it with cream or white for a beautiful décor.
  1. Juperana Bordeaux – This colour is a popular one, and one which has serious personality to it. The base colour is an orange, brown, and beige mixture, and the markings almost look like those seen on a tiger! The black and grey veins are in lines and flecks.
  1. Verde Bamboo – For kitchens which are completely natural, this is a great option to go for. The colour scheme is green and beige, and certainly looks like bamboo, as the name would suggest. Pair with cream, beige, black, or grey for a wonderful finish.

Remember to check out your preferred shade in person, before jumping in with a purchase, just to make sure that it reacts to the light in your kitchen in the best way possible.

If you have made a decision on granite stone for your new kitchen countertop, you have made a very hard-wearing, cost-effective, and attractive choice. Granite will certainly stand the test of time, and provided you stick to routine maintenance and cleaning, you will look forward to many years in the company of your new countertop!

granite-countertops-1The next decision you need to make is which colour to go for. This is not an easy choice, because there are literally hundreds to choose from, and it all depends on your personal preference, as well as the décor you are choosing for the rest of your kitchen space.

If you need a little in the way of inspiration, here are ten beautiful and adaptable shades to choose for your new granite kitchen countertop.

African red – This warm shade is great for small kitchens, especially when paired with lighter cabinets to create space. If you are going for a black and red shade, this is best for larger spaces. The colour itself is almost terracotta, but has tiny shades of grey and even blue running through it.

Blue pearl – Again, great with cream, white, black, or grey, blue pearl has flecks of blue and grey running through the slab, and is adaptable. This is great for a cool colour palate, and will have a calming effect.

Emerald pearl – This particular colour of granite slab is actually black, even though the name may be slightly misleading! The black background has charcoal and darker grey veins in the slab, and small silver flecks peppered here and there.

Ivory fantasy – This is somewhere between a cream and a beige, with large natural swirls across its length. This is a flexible choice, as it goes well with most other colour schemes, including cream, white, black, grey, or brown.

Boss blue – This is a very luxurious choice, and one that almost looks like the slab is arranged in a diagonal pattern. The background is a mixture of blue, grey, and lilac, with mismatched lines of the same shades running in a diagonal pattern through it. Ideal with creams and whites, this will give a very cool and calming feel to your kitchen.

Black marinace – By choosing this colour and pattern of granite you will have almost a pebble pattern to your countertop. The main colour is of course black, as the name would suggest, but the pattern is white and grey oval pebbles.

Giallo fiorito – Another pebbly pattern, although entirely naturally formed, this particular colour is a mixture of greys, light oranges, browns, and beiges, all swirling together to give a kitchenundermount1delicious colour palate for your new kitchen countertop. Again, this is a very adaptable and would look fantastic with many other cabinet colour choices.

Rosso marinace – Reds and oranges swirl together, with an undertone of white in this particular shade. The pebble design comes in mismatched sizes, so no one slab will ever be the same as another, and in terms of what other colours this shade would go well with, you could choose browns, greys, whites, or creams. Black would also look great, if you wanted to create an individual appearance.

Labradorite Madagascar – This rather wonderfully named slab colour is blue and grey with flecks running across its length. The flecks almost form large swirls, which when polished up shine in the light. Fantastic with white, grey, black, or cream cabinets.

Absolute black – Finally, we have a classic jet black slab choice, with tiny white flecks running through it. Black looks fantastic on granite countertops, and can be paired with many other decoration choices; the obvious one would be monochrome style, paired with black or cream.