Kitchen countertops face different battles every day. And by “battles,” we mean all kinds of liquid and food, plus the blade of knives slicing through. So a granite countertop is an answer if we want one that can stand daily cooking activities.
But what particular color of granite countertop should we get?
Natural granite has a rich collection of colors ranging from neutral to chromatic, but we will share our top 10 recommendations as a stone manufacturing company.
|Black||Desert DreamNordic Black|
|Blue||Blue PearlBlue BahiaLabradorite Blue (Lemurian Blue)|
|Brown||Coffee BrownAlmond Gold|
Different variations of granite have white as their dominant color. The milky white color is brought by quartz, which is abundant in this type, and we also have opaque or cloudy white feldspar.
Of course, this type of granite can’t be plain. We have black spots, which are amphibole minerals commonly found in igneous rocks.
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Describing the appearance: It has a white background with grey as the second dominant color, and its pattern consists of black and goldish-beige blotches.
This Brazilian Andino White countertop is a typical style for countertops, but it remains classic. White granite can go with any color in the kitchen, especially wooden floors, and stainless steel tools or utensils.
White is the way to go if you want the kitchen to look clean and neat. If you’re a design enthusiast who tends to change the theme of the place often, having this granite countertop will save you from renovation expenses too.
Did you know that black granite may not be granite? The latter must have at least 20% of quartz; like the previous color, black granite cannot be plain.
That’s why black granite may be gabbro, another type of igneous rock. Gabbro is also coarse-grained and opaque and has the following minerals: amphibole, pyroxene, plagioclase, and dark green olivine (only small amounts).
Lastly, gabbro is durable and hard-wearing, like granite, which makes it qualified for countertops.
Describing the appearance: With this granite, it appears that both black and gold are dominant. There are also hints of cream and grey, and the pattern resembles a galaxy with its cloudy but pigmented appearance.
Originating from Brazil, our Desert Dream countertop is not a standard color, giving you more unique advantage. While this can match white, we recommend this for kitchens that have brown surroundings, especially light shades.
This granite countertop complements vintage, rustic, and Mediterranean interior designs too.
Describing the appearance: The black stands out in this granite, with simple and wavy, cloudy, or faded white patterns.
Compared with the Desert Dream, our Nordic Black countertop is more black. It can add contrast to the space, saving you the worry of stains because it will be easier to remove from sight.
Since this type of granite countertop is easier to find in local stone markets, it can be less expensive than Desert Dream.
Despite being called “blue” granite, this is a variety of larvikite, also an igneous rock (monzonite). Larvikite has feldspars (containing a distinctive schiller or a blue-colored glow), titanian augite, larvikite, and lepidomelane.
It can also be anorthosite which contains calcic plagioclase, mafic, and oxides. However, labradorite is considered granite by the stone industry, so we categorize it as such. After all, these stones that we mentioned are all durable as a countertop.
Describing the appearance: The type of blue this granite has is greyish, and it makes up the background color of the stone. Glimmer is also noticeable through its iridescent crystals.
Our Blue Pearl granite is the first in our blue countertop choices. This is a step away from the standard colors, but blue is a soothing one that helps us calm the space.
Describing the appearance: This granite has navy blue and white as the dominant colors, with a touch of forest green and beige.
Blue Bahia granite countertops are high-end and one of the most expensive because of their rare appearance. The colors almost resemble those of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.”
Estimated price per square foot: $90 to $100
Labradorite Blue (Lemurian Blue)
Describing the appearance: Labradorite has different shades of blue that interlay each other and glimmer like a crystal. Together with them are black, white, and a hint of green.
Labradorite countertops can change color when touched by the light and are also expensive unless readily available in your area.
Generally, we can pair blue countertops with white, wooden brown, or blue interior. Although, you can also explore, especially if you have a knack for designing.
Brown granite has biotite minerals from the mica mineral group, primarily composed of silicate. As usual, it also has feldspar that affects its color.
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Describing the appearance: From the name itself, it has a coffee or dark chocolate brown that can appear burgundy in some cases. Subtle patches of white are also present.
Brown countertops like this color are flexible. Hence we can match them with almost any type of interior. Another advantage is it’s easy to clean since the spills won’t be too visible.
Describing the appearance: This granite has the same color as peanuts and almonds, hence the name. We can also categorize it as gold because of this. Since granite can’t be a plain color, it also has specks of different shades of brown.
An Almond Gold countertop is excellent for the kitchen because it’s warm and doesn’t overpower simultaneously, despite using the color repeatedly in one space.
The color grey of granite contains a mineral composition of feldspar, mica, and quartz. The latter is mainly responsible for the greyness of the stone because the quartz is slightly smokey.
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Describing the appearance: This granite has light and dark grey and white. The colors don’t dominate each other, although the mixture creates a noticeable grey at first sight.
New Caledonia countertops are standard but are classic, just like white ones. One of the reasons for its popularity is its versatility since you can put one in a light or dark place.
The green in granite is often due to potassium feldspar, precisely the Amazonite variety. It can also contain amphiboles that result in a darker green shade.
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Describing the appearance: We have a beautiful emerald green color that can appear almost black far away. It has silver specks as well.
Emerald Pearl countertops are a bold way to make a statement, especially in a light-colored kitchen. It also gives you an earthy vibe, especially if the surroundings have brown, white, and other neutral colors.
Granite is one of the best materials for a countertop because of its durability in handling kitchen activities, such as cooking movements from knives, liquid splashes, and food residue.
Granite countertops can also come in different colors and styles, which may make it difficult for you to choose from. However, these colors are some of our top picks for your kitchen:
- Andino White
- Desert Dream
- Nordic Black
- Blue Pearl
- Blue Bahia
- Labradorite Blue
- Coffee Brown
- Almond Gold
- New Caledonia
- Emerald Pearl