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.

Oak cabinetsOak cabinets are beautifully natural additions to any kitchen; by using cabinets of this colour and material, you’re choosing to go down the route of encompassing Mother Nature’s beauty into your kitchen, and it’s understandable therefore that you want to work your kitchen around them.

How do you do that?

First things first, you need to think about your countertop, because this is going to be a joint focal point with your new shiny oak cabinets. Because of the strong feature of the cabinets, you need to think very carefully about the type of countertop colour you go for – anything too bright, too dark, or too patterned, and you’re taking away the feature and strength of your oak cabinets.

Granite is another natural element which works really well with oak, because it has the strength and appearance of nature as well. Granite is also extremely strong, and that means you can be sure that your worktop is going to last a long time, provided you look after it properly. Granite is a natural stone which is porous, and that means it is going to absorb water and spillages – this means you need to look after it carefully, by mopping up any spillages as they happen, and also sealing it with a necessary sealing product regularly, at the very least annually.

In exchange for this maintenance, you will be treated to a very strong, beautiful, highly scratch and stain resistant countertop, which is also highly resistant to heat too. Shop around for the best deals and you might even save some cash!

What types of granite worktops go really well with oak cabinets however?

We mentioned needing to keep it plain or understated, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be subtle too!

White or cream worktops probably work the best here, because they allow the bright wood colour to shine through. A marble-effect granite shade is a great go-to here, because you can get the opulence of a marble look, with the strength and high durability of granite. What a combination!

Of course, other colours work really well with oak cabinets too, such as beige for instance, keeping with the natural vibe. Grey is also a good go-to, but try not to opt for a colour which is too dark, otherwise you risk making your room look dull – if you have a small kitchen, you certainly need to go for a lighter shade for your granite worktop.

Whichever worktop colour you opt for, it’s a good idea to head to a showroom and look at colours in real-life. Various lights can change the appearance quite dramatically, and you need to be happy with all sides of your new choice. Internet pictures might look wonderful, but how does the worktop look in the correct size and in different lights? This is something you need to look at. You should probably also try and take a sample of your cabinets with you when you head to the showroom, so you can check that you’re getting the best combination for your cash, and that you know there is a happy match between the two.

Whichever colour you go for, granite and oak are two of the most wonderful natural products to go for in your new kitchen décor – just like Mother Nature always intended!

Kitchen CountertopsIf you’ve done any research into kitchen countertops, you will know that there are several choices in terms of material, but that most people tend to go down the natural stone route. Of course, there are sub-choices to make within that particular niche too, namely granite, quartz, and marble.

Each of these have pros and cons, and it’s possible that you’re stuck between two of them. If you’re not sure whether to go for quartz or marble, the good news is that you can get the hard-wearing advantages of quartz, and the low maintenance, combined with the beauty and opulence of marble.

Yes, it’s possible! Marble is a little harder to look after than quartz, so this makes the ideal mixture.

Quartz is available in marble effect shades, and there are plenty of them to choose from. Check out these five beautiful quartz marble effect colours, ideal for your new kitchen countertop.

Dark Grey Galaxy Quartz

The appearance of this particular colour looks almost like velvet, it’s that sophisticated and beautiful! This is an ideal choice for those who have lighter coloured cabinets and flooring, and will give a very modern and sleek look to a kitchen space. The overall base colour is a very dark grey, almost black, but the swirl pattern on the top is a lighter shade of grey.

Cream Storm Galaxy Quartz

This particular shade looks like thick ice cream swirled with honey! The base colour is a light cream but the marbling effect on top is a darker beige shade, almost in swirls and circular patterns. You could pair this shade with countless others to create a fantastic appearance for any sized kitchen, but it will certainly reflect the light in a smaller kitchen, to create the illusion of more space.

Bianco Thassos

If you’re not happy about going for white, because of the large amount of upkeep, how about going for a beige? This light shade of beige has a darker marble effect running through it, and is a simple yet very effective design to go for. Again, this type of colour goes with many others, so it will be easy to redecorate around.

Marrone Oro

Marble effect doesn’t have to be black or white, it can be any colour you like! This dark green and gold effect is ideal for a kitchen which is requires something a little different, and the gold shade of marbling certainly looks very sophisticated.

Bianco Carrara

Obviously, white marble is the iconic shade to go for, but we know that every slab of marble is unique, and this quartz slab actually mirrors that fact very well! The base white is bright, but the darker grey marble lines running across it look ultra-real.

As you can see, there is a lot of choice when it comes to going with quartz with a marble effect, yet you also get the big advantages of this strong stone too. Quartz is the only one of the natural stones which doesn’t require maintenance after it has been installed, and is very easy to clean also. You will also benefit from high heat resistance and high scratch resistance, as well as being very easy to find on the market. This means you can shop around for the best deals and save some cash along the way!

 

traditional-kitchen-countertopsHands down, granite is one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials, being also used intensively in bathrooms and exterior house decorations. The main reason, why homeowners all around the world love to choose granite as their worktop, is the extreme hardness and the fact that even if decades pass by, it never loses its shine.

Installing Granite Countertops

Having to install a kitchen worktop is not something that everyone can do, especially when we are talking about granite. Here are some tips to be taken care of every time you want to refresh your kitchen look.

  • Transit from warehouse to kitchen:
  • Even though granite is recognized as being a very hard rock, it may break or chip during transportation, and this is not what we want
  • In this spirit, a wooden A-frame has been constructed in order to support transition of the 500 pounds granite slabs
  • Cutting the granite:
  • Scaling the dimensions of your countertop needs to be done in your kitchen or bathroom, to fit perfectly around the sink
  • Special saws:
  • Being a hard rock, not every saw can cut it; circular or standard saws can only cut thin tiles
  • For thicker and larger pieces of granite countertops, water-cooled blades are needed to be used, or for easy cutting, some prefer diamond blades.
  • Sealing your granite countertop:
  • It has a porous surface, making him sensitive to liquid spills and acidic solutions
  • It is not stain resistant, since fluids like wine, juice, oil or vinegar, can easily penetrate into its texture and leave unwanted marks.
  • The solution to avoid these problems is to seal your worktop once every year, but keep in mind that the sealant doesn’t make your granite waterproof; it only gives you extra seconds to wipe out that spill.

Radon Level and its Proportion in Granite Worktops

countertopsDue to the fact that it is a natural stone, it may also slightly contain radioactive elements, like radon and uranium. But don’t be afraid! The media blew out of proportion this fact for marketing and commercial reasons.

The truth is that even a regular garden soil contains radon in a more proportion than granite, and the low density makes it even unlikely to emit harmful gases, according to EPA. For sure this is one of the most interesting fact about granite, but definitely not a crucial purchasing point to take care of. Despite rumors that you may hear looking on the internet, granite countertops are extremely safe to be used in your home and it is for sure a safe material to prepare food on it.

Colors and Decoration Motifs for Granite Kitchen Countertops

Granite may come into 3 main types of color. From light tints to dark black shades, it remains only up to customers preferences to select the most appropriate motif that fits in with his cabinet.

Light Granite Colors:

  • Autumn Leaves
  • Bainbrook Peach
  • Desert Sand
  • Giallo Topazio
  • Golden Beach
  • Imperial White

Dark Granite Colors:

  • Absolute Black
  • Bamboo Yellow
  • Brazilian Black
  • Blue Perola
  • Volga Blue
  • Spectrolite Brown

Sum up, granite countertops must be taken into consideration when redesigning your kitchen and bathroom because of their extreme hardness, shiny look, and last but not least, its low purchasing price.

august_modern-kitchen-dark-countertop_4x3-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-1280-960When it comes about the black kitchen countertop, you may be scared that the room will be considered dark or lifeless. What you have to know is that buying a black countertop for your kitchen will give to your room a bland to bold style.

And it is not the only fact which will make you reconsider your options, because the black kitchen countertops are perfectly fitting with any other color which you would choose for kitchen furniture. If you would like to create some ultra-modern-dramatic look you should definitely choose white cabinets, but if you stand for coloring the space and giving life to it you should choose some bright and shiny colors.

That dramatic look I was telling you about is now easier to get because almost every material for kitchen countertops is available in black. Also, you have to know that you can afford a black kitchen countertop, no matter you budget. The price varies, but the most popular one is the most affordable black countertop.

Well-known Brands of Black Kitchen Countertops:

  • Silestone (in quartz);
  • LG Hausys Viatera (in quartz);
  • Stonemark Granite (in granite);
  • Wilsonart (in laminate);
  • Formica (in laminate);

The Wilsonart is considered to be best-seller of them, because laminate has some several advantages which put it in the front of the tops. It comes in a variety of black shades and also it is resistant by time and easy to clean, but any damage is difficult and even impossible to repair. However, synthetic solid surfaces are more expensive that concrete ones, but more affordable that the natural stone.

Natural Stone Options For Black Kitchen Countertops

The fact is that even the natural stone is the most expensive option for the kitchen countertops, many people prefer the look of it because of its natural and unique patterns and definitely for the lifetime resistance. In terms of natural stone, everybody knows that the granite is the most popular material due to its stunning look and its brave resistance to heat, scratches, stains and mildew.

kitchen-worktopsThe manufactured quartz gives to the kitchen countertops look of the natural stone, such as granite and marble. It is also considered to be a good option because it is very easy to clean and it has more resistance to heat and bacteria. Another advantage of this is the maintenance which is free and doesn’t require sealing or polishing.

Black marble comes to the third place when it comes about natural stone countertops due to it necessity for frequent sealing. Unlike its alternatives, black marble will scratch easily (it has low abrasion resistance).

Granite and the black marble can be used to give some traditional and rustic look to your room, because the dark corner which you would create would make your white to look even wither.

So, if you consider being ready to give your kitchen a little dramatic style, you have to choose a black kitchen countertop which will take you from the traditional and rustic look to a ultra-modern one. After installing the black countertop the switch between the two looks is only made by the color of the furniture you will choose for your space. In fact, what you have to know is that the black countertops match with any color and any style which you would be tent to give to your kitchen.