Granite is a popular choice for countertops. Not only is it natural, high-end and versatile, but granite is also available in a variety of colors. The granite pallet runs from light colors such as white, sand and gold to dark colors such as black and green. Neutral colors such as beige, brown and grey tend to be mainstays that match most decors. When choosing a color, look at samples, and compare them to your existing or new decor.
Black granites range from absolute black, made up of granite with no color variations to granite with flecks of mica and other minerals, which give off a green sheen. Black granite can be marbled in other colors such as white or rose. Black granite is mined in Sweden, South Africa, India or Australia.
Azul or Blue Granite
Azul or blue granite is so named because it has blue in the granite stone. The exact name of the stone depends on the country of origin. Azul is used in Spanish speaking countries. Blue granite mixed with black, gray, brown, rose or white stone can be found.
White granite is mined in China, Italy and Brazil. It can be mixed with many other colors but always shows a predominance of white. White granite can also have an ivory caste.
Metallic granites have a concentration of gold or copper in the mix. They are usually mixed with white, gray or black. Some gold is also found in rose granites. Gold and copper granite can be found all around the world.
Green granite is also found all over the world. It can be mixed with any color including black, rose, blue, white, gold and brown. Green is prized for its variation in colors.
Rose Granites are the rarest of granites. They range from rose to lavender to deep red. Rose is usually mixed with gray stone.
Brown granite comes in two types, homogeneous and oriented. Homogeneous is when the minerals in the granite are distributed evenly through the stone. Oriented is when the mineral flow in the same direction. Brown granite is mined in Finland, Brazil and Canada. The mixed colors include black, gray, and rose.
Muted colors that coordinate with almost any palette are white, beige, gold and gray. Beige and gold are two of the most popular colors, since you can decorate so easily around them. Gold granite usually comes from quarries in South America. White granite is usually found in Italy, China, and Brazil. These muted and neutral colors also pair well with more deeply colored granites such as black.
Granite also comes in bright, vibrant colors such as blue, green and red. Green granite ranges particularly widely from light to dark. The brightest emerald greens and blues come from Norway. Azul granites are among the most popular of blue granites available. Reds are very popular in places like China. Rose granite is the rarest color, and comes from China and Brazil. It brings a truly romantic atmosphere to a kitchen.
For a sophisticated sense of luxury, choose a deep, rich, dark color of granite. Black granites are often flecked with gold and green. A very sought-after variety, called "absolute black," originates in South Africa, India, Sweden, and Australia. Burgundy granite, usually a combination of browns and reds, is another option that will provide a striking, deep color in a kitchen. Deep granite colors will create a very profound impact on a kitchen, so consider how you will balance it out with the rest of your cabinetry and decor before committing to purchase a dark stone.
The modern look of a black granite countertop is popular for today's kitchen designs. Absolute black is almost totally black, with few striations in the stone. Dense in tone, absolute black requires a strong contrasting color when designing the colors of the kitchen. Black galaxy from India is a black stone with bronze highlights. A more open variety of black is a granite that features shaved stones within the rock. This stone allows the use of tan or gray when decorating.
A versatile and popular granite is the brown. Mixed with either yellow, orange, beige or black striations, brown granites open the door to many color schemes. A brown granite adds warmth to a kitchen and should be blended with cabinetry that enhances the hue. Select a third color for highlighting -- playing off the secondary color in the brown granite.
A bold statement for a countertop is to use a red granite. It is a dynamic choice and becomes the focal point of the room. The ancient pyramids of Egypt used red granite, and the stone is considered a lucky color in Asian homes. In rare cases, a dense red can be found, but most other red stones incorporate other hues. Yellow, white, brown and black are the most common secondary colors found in red granite. Cabinetry should complement the stone and must be selected after the slab has been chosen.
For a wide choice of secondary colors, select green granite for your countertop. Rich in depth of color, green makes a statement in any room. Selecting cabinetry colors depends on the slab chosen and can vary from white to honey to black.
One of the most versatile colors of the granites stones available is gray. Instead of being prominent in a room, gray is easily the secondary color when determining a color palette. Gray granite has veining of pink, black, blue or darker grays and works well in a crisp, white kitchen.
Beige granite allows flexibility when determining the secondary colors of your room. It is a favorite choice for kitchens in that it is light in color and makes a subtle statement. Darker wood cabinetry contrasts warmly with beige granite countertops and allows a dash of red or black for highlighting.