Choosing a countertop for your home or your new kitchen is quite a big deal. Many are the times when you will find yourself spoilt of choice when it comes to choosing what you really want. There are numerous considerations to make before choosing a countertop. You will need to know the colour, edge detail, pricing etc. when you are done thinking about the countertop, you find yourself thinking about the cabinet and other fittings.
Granite has plenty of benefits and is the most popular countertop material. It is loved since it is natural and has some beautiful earthly colours that go a long way to adding complexity and simplicity (ironically at the same time) into your home. When you visit any dealer, it is evident that there are a few favourites. These favourites are popular because of colour, movement and flexibility in complementing the different cabinet styles.
Here are our choice of the top five countertop colours and how they will blend perfectly into your home/kitchen.
If you want the classic kitchen, then this is it. Homeowners love using Bianco Romano with painted cabinet walls and doors. This granite style works perfectly with white cabinets and cabinets with warm colours or beige. For other fittings, nickel or oil-rubbed-bronze hardware will go perfectly well with this stone. It is available in the following colours; white, cream, grey and a deep Bordeaux. Given the warm white, grey and beige palette, this granite goes well with stain-grade cabinets. I have seen it work well with medium oak and walnut.
If you truly love nature, then this is it. The shade of green is truly inviting and spells nature. The granite is just amazing, even with painted cabinets. The brown and grey undertones remove all the limitations for your cabinet. The outstanding feature of this stone is the asymmetrical looking natural markings that appear geometrically perfect. This type of granite is best looking when polished. We recommend this granite if you want to have an earthly feel in your kitchen or home. It will look great with satin nickel hardware and painted cabinets.
There are great markings in the stone that look almost geometric to me. This granite works with painted cabinets and satin nickel hardware. I prefer this stone when it is polished.
This is an ocean themed granite. If you want to create an ocean palette throughout your home or kitchen, then this is the place you should be starting. This granite lies somewhere between green and blue the intensity will vary depending on the batch. The green-blue colour of the granite performs perfectly with nickel hardware and sandy white fixtures and cabinets. If you want to achieve a warmer look, Costa Esmeralda will give you that when you combine it with stain-grade cabinets. It will appear more heavenly in a room with bright sunlight.
Are you a classics fan? This is your ultimate classic look kitchen granite. Absolute black granite with white cabinets is the ultimate classic kitchen look. This granite also pairs perfectly with many other colours with fixtures made of nickel, pure chrome and oil-bronze completing the perfect hardware combination.
Typhoon Bordeaux comes in cream, brown, grey, or brick red. It is the perfect choice for a light kitchen with red undertones in the flooring or ceiling. The shades on this granite vary widely depending on the batch, from subtle brick-red veining to strong waves of brick red. We have seen it look outstanding in beige or cream cabinets for a warm, light-filled kitchen.
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- Published in Granite
If the time has come for you to install a new countertop in your home, you will be faced with different challenges the first being how to choose the perfect material for the countertop. Natural stone is among the most popular countertop material. Marble and Granite are the two most popular natural stones in countertops. These two have notable difference that make them suitable for different countertop applications.
The openly visible difference is the physical appearance. Granite appears to have speckled colours which are as result of melded stones within its composition (quartz, mica, feldspar, amphibole and biotite). Because of these variety of stone in granite, it comes in numerous shades and tones. On the other hand, marble is a solid greyish-white stone (sometimes cream) and has dark vein-like line running through it. Some rare varieties have a pink or pale green base colour. The vein-like lines are formed by mineral impurities like iron oxides and silt.
Both granite and marble are porous and can readily take in liquids that are spilled on them (spills need to be attended to quickly otherwise the stone will absorb the liquid and this causes stains). All the same, granite is more durable than marble. Marble being the more porous stone stains readily and experiences damage more readily than granite. It is also more susceptible to acidic spills and heat damages. Placing unattended hot objects on a marble countertop may damage the stone while acidic spills such as vinegar and lemon juice will dull the stone. All the same, the resistance of marble can be increased by using sealants and polishes. Overtime, the marble naturally becomes duller. Unlike spill stains that can be removed, the natural dulling of marble is irreversible.
Granite and marble cost vary slightly. On average, both cost between £40 and £150 per square foot installed. Individually, the cost will depend on the colour, availability and appearance. However, high-end marble tends to be more expensive than high-end granite of equivalent measure. You can get a fast instant quote here or call us at 01895 540 329
The ease of removal of stains from the countertop surface depends on the type of stain and extent of damage. Some stains are light and superficial and can be removed readily using a stain remover. Others seep down in the stone’s pores and inflict permanent damage by inducing chemical changes to the material.
Both marble and granite are mined as large blocks and later cut into manageable rectangular slabs. Granite slabs will be larger than marble slabs since granite is sturdier.
If you are looking for a natural stone that is eco-friendly, well granite and marble might not be the best of choices. As much as both are long lasting, they mining, cutting, transportation and installation processes leave a considerable amount of carbon print.
Experts say that some granite contain trace elements of radio-active radium, thorium, and uranium. Over time, these elements may decay and emit radon, a noble gas that is believed to cause lung gas if breathed at high levels. Despite these concerns, the EPA has maintained that granite countertops are safe to be used at home.
Like mentioned earlier, both marble and granite are porous. They easily absorb liquids from spills. Sealants help to greatly improve resilient and prevent staining and etching on both marble and granite. Regardless if the stone is sealed or not, it is best to wipe up problematic spills as quickly as you can.
For best appearance and protection, re-sealing is recommended every two years in granite and bi-annually in marble. However, depending on the nature of usage, the resealing time varies. A busy countertop needs more frequent resealing than one that is not used frequently.
- Published in Kitchen Worktops