Buying granite is actually pretty simple, you just need to take a few things to account to assist you in making the right choice. There are a few things to keep in mind, most of which are related to the room in which you plan to install that granite slab.
In most instances, it’s the kitchen that is getting that granite countertop but you may be putting it in another room and so the same criteria applies across the board. It’s all about style and color but they both must match the overall aesthetic of the surroundings. Sure, personal preference is on that list of requirements but we’re guessing you’ve already designed the interior décor of the room to your specific tastes.
So what’s important when you’re buying granit e slab for your countertops? Here are some helpful hints to remember from your friends at N-Hance of Spokane:
Mix and Match
The countertop is only one component of the kitchen. Surrounding it will be plenty of cabinetry so the first rule of thumb to take into account is the color you chose there. If you pick a granite color that clashes with the cabinets, you’re going to end up with an ugly kitchen space.
But if you match the granite and the cabinets, you have a much better creating an attractive space for you and your family to enjoy.
However, don’t be afraid to contrast either. You may want to choose a granite with veins that match the color of your cabinets instead. For example, if you have white cabinets you may decide to pick a granite color that contains white marbling throughout the surface. This is a great way to bring some contrast to your kitchen.
Using combinations of two different colors is a good way to contrast or offset one another, but what about installing two different granite colors together? It can be a smart choice for much larger kitchens that have enough room in which to let two colors work side by side, both of which might complement the overall aesthetic of the kitchen.
This can be achieved by using one color granite for the countertops around the kitchen and another for the kitchen island in the center.
Some homeowners prefer having two different color combinations offsetting one another in the kitchen. This is a particularly appealing choice for larger kitchens that have ample room with which to take advantage of installing two colors of granite together. You might use one color for the perimeter of the room and another color on the island in the middle of it.
Dark or Light?
The color is important but it’s just as important to select a granite that brings a lighter tone or a darker tone based on the needs of the kitchen. While you may want to match or contrast the color that already exists in the cabinets, you need to be cognizant of selecting a brighter or darker shade of that color. This can also be very helpful in improving the overall appearance of the room as certain shades will make the room look larger or smaller depending on what you select.
It’s well known that lighter colors will make small rooms look larger and even help to boost the natural light that comes in through the windows. This is a good idea for those kitchens that don’t get much of it.
This also applies for the veining in the granite surface. If you go with a darker granite that bright marbling that would still be helpful in making those small kitchens look bigger at first glance.