Selecting a Granite Color for Countertops
When asked what their favorite color is, most people can answer immediately. When presented with two shirts, identical except for color, most people can still select the one that they feel they will look best in without much hesitation. However, when asked to pick a color for their new kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity, there tends to be a great deal of umm-ing and general indecisiveness.
It’s understandable. After all, you don’t have to stare at your favorite color multiple times a day or wear that shirt for the next decade without exception. Granite countertops, on the other hand, are a big decision, a decision you will be living with for many years. Not only is the color you select sticking around, its probably going to be a pretty noticeable part of the room. It can be an intimidating decision to make. Here are some tips to help you pick a granite color for your new countertops.
Note: While granite is the material mentioned, these tips can be applied to most any countertop material.
Consider the other elements in your kitchen
When picking a granite color for your countertops, unless you’re totally gutting your kitchen and starting from scratch, it’s important to think about the other colors in the room. For example, consider the color of your:
Furniture (ex. eat in kitchen table)
When you head into the showroom or slab viewing center, bring a cabinet door, paint chip, flooring sample, and a picture or two of your kitchen as a whole to hold next to the granite colors you’re considering.
Assess your personal style
When considering a granite color for your new countertops, a great place to start is with your own personal tastes in things such as clothing, jewelry, and home decor. Are you bright and bold? Do you prefer a more conservative look? Luckily, granite comes in all different colors from blue to gold to white so regardless of your personal tastes, you can find a granite color to fit your style.
Consider your lifestyle
When trying to select a granite color for your new countertops, consider the daily wear and tear this new countertop will face. Do you use your kitchen frequently? Do you have children or pets? Are things often spilled on your existing countertops? Do things other than eating and food prep occur on your countertops? Answering these questions can help you understand how likely your granite is to come into contact with items that may cause staining (ex. acidic materials) or other damage. If you’re concerned about staining or other damage such as scratches, consider choosing a darker granite color or a granite with a lot of movement (patterns) as these can help hide flaws.
Assess the area
You’ll also want to consider the kitchen or area the granite is going in. If you have a galley kitchen or small space to work with, lighter granite colors are probably a better option as darker granite colors can create a shrinking effect and make the space seem even smaller. Whether or not your kitchen gets a lot of light, natural or otherwise, is another factor to take into consideration.
Talk to a design expert
With hundreds and thousands of granite choices out there (and no two slabs being identical), your options for a granite color are practically limitless. Once you have some idea of what you’re looking for (ex. a lighter granite, a neutral granite, a darker granite), consider asking someone at the showroom or slab viewing center to help you narrow down the choices. While the final decision will ultimately be on you, someone in the granite industry can help point you in the right direction and save you hours of wandering helplessly through slabs.
Think outside the box
Remember, these are your granite countertops and only you and your family have to approve of them. Don’t be afraid to use a color that others might think of as too trendy. You may even want to use multiple granite colors. For example, maybe you’ll have a light colored island to offset a darker countertop and help open the room up.
Selecting a granite color for your new countertops can be an intimidating challenge. Everyone wants their home to be impressive and the envy of all their friends and family…especially when making an investment of thousands of dollars. Use the tips in this article to help you select a granite color you’ll love for years to come.