So you want to renovate your kitchen.
Whether you’ve just moved in and want to gut the kitchen to remove the previous owners’ strange taste, you’ve been living in your home a long time with a kitchen still stuck in the 70’s, or you are preparing to sell and want to increase the value, giving the kitchen a facelift is one of the most common household renovations.
Kitchen counters usually center in any kitchen remodeling plans, as just changing out the countertops can work wonders for the over-all look and functionality of a kitchen.
When you are trying to improve aesthetics as well as functionality and value, you can’t go wrong with granite countertops.
So Many Reasons to Granite
There are many reasons why granite is a common and excellent choice for kitchen counters:
- Granite comes in an astounding number of colors to fit any style and color scheme
- Granite has an elegant beauty that attracts the eye and ups the ante aesthetically
- It is very durable, not scratching or staining easily
- It is heat resistant, which means a hot pan won’t damage it
- Its beauty and durability combined mean adding serious value to your home
Why So Many Colors?
If granite is what you are considering for your new countertops, you have a lot to choose from. The variety of colors and combinations is astounding, and no two slabs, even of the same color, will be alike.
The uniqueness is because granite is actually a conglomeration of rocks and minerals, with quartz usually being the primary ingredient with numerous other minerals and elements composing it. Granite is composed of so many minerals and various rocks because it develops through a very slow cooling process within molten rock.
It is the minerals specifically that give granite the unique colors and color combinations.
The Many Shades of Granite
Now, technically, while commercially you can certainly find 50 or even more color varieties for granite, there are really only about 6 main color types of true granite. Their combinations will create many more shades and varieties.
But it is also important to note that some commercially advertised granite colors, like a pure white or pure black or a blue, are most likely not real granite (at least not 100%) but a similar type of stone.
That said, the shades of granite commonly available for your kitchen countertops include:
- White: from granite with a higher proportion of quartz, “white” granite is not solid white, but will have flecks of other colors (usually black) and is a milky-white.
- Off-White (greys): from granite with a higher proportion of feldspar, which creates an overall grey or off-white color.
- Black / Dark Brown: from granite predominately composed of biotite, this variety has a very dark brown to black appearance.
- Pink: from granite with a higher proportion of potassium feldspar, the result is a light salmon-pink color.
- Yellow / Metallic Gold: from granite with a higher proportion of muscovite, the result is a metallic gold or yellow color.
- Green: from granite with a higher proportion of amphibole, the result is a very dark green to black color.
Now, while these are the 6 main color categories, because granite will all have cooled differently and will have a unique variety of color blends depending on the minerals that were present when it cooled, out of these 6 main categories, 12 larger categories representing the color combinations that are possible are commonly used. Within those 12, you can have a nearly infinite number of unique colors and combinations.
The 12 common shades of granite you will likely see advertised are:
Remember, since all granite is a conglomeration of various rocks and minerals cooled slowly over time and at different rates, no true granite will ever be a solid, continuous color.
Real granite will always have grains and specks of other colors and minerals visible within it.
Picking Your Granite to Highlight Your Style
So how do you choose the right shade for you? Besides considering your own personal preferences, of course, you will also want to consider the style of kitchen you have (modern vs Victorian for example), the color fixtures, as well as the size of kitchen to help you determine what will look best.
- For the small kitchen: if you have a small, closed in kitchen, lighter or white granites can create an illusion of space, making your kitchen look bigger than it actually is.
Don’t worry about white granite being “boring.” Since even “white” granite will still have specks, flecks, and veins of other colors, it will still provide a vivid and unique character for your countertops.
- For the clean, sleek, modern kitchen: if you have, or are creating, a modern, sleek kitchen with metallic or black appliances, then black granite is perfect.
It is dark enough that it has a more uniform and simple appearance, while still offering character and a nice shine. Black also complements silver and white appliances and cabinetry exceedingly well.
- For the rustic kitchen: if you prefer the rustic or country look, with wooden cabinetry and rich earth tones, there is still a granite color for you!
The darker brown granites go amazingly well with wooden cabinetry and rustic earthenware and fixtures. The rich warmth and variety of shades in brown granites complement the wood nicely and help bring varying shades of brown and earth tones together.
- For the undefined kitchen: if you like a variety of styles in your kitchen, or like having the flexibility to change colors and styles up, beige or off-white granites are the way to go.
They aren’t much darker than white, but they tend to have greater variety of colors throughout, giving them a bit more flair, while still complementing many colors styles of cabinetry and fixtures
- For the artistic or quirky kitchen: for those with bolder tastes looking to make a statement or create a piece truly unique, the “jewel” color granites like the blues, reds or greens, are great. Just be aware that they don’t mix well with everything, so choose carefully!
Need Some Granite?
If you are ready to renovate and are looking for granite countertops, Phoenix, AZ has no better supplier than Grand Canyon Home Supply! Contact us to request a free design, or head on over to our show room to find the right granite for your kitchen today!