Choosing the Right Granite

At Nickel Rock, we normally haul large amounts of materials for your construction project needs. However, today, we wanted to take a small detour to look at one of the materials we haul, granite, and one its most popular uses: kitchen countertops.

Granite is a very popular choice for kitchen countertops for its unique beauty and superior durability. Because granite is a natural stone, each cut has a different design and there are many options for pattern and color. Because it is scratch-resistant and very hard, it has great durability and long life-expectancy.

Choosing granite for your counter tops is almost always a good decision, but how do you decide between the many patterns and colors. This answer is different for every space so here we’ll discuss some general rules and ideas to keep in mind when picking out granite for your home. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to design but following are some general ideals many people follow.

Picking a Color

Typically when using a dark granite, it is a good idea to make sure there is a lot of light in the room. Dark granite in combination with dark cabinets, walls, or floors often makes a space seem smaller and less attractive. Dark counters are often paired with light cabinets and walls to create a striking contrast. Some people even opt to choose a dark stone for the counters along the walls and a light color for an island, again creating a contrast which can add a special effect to a room. Dark granite looks very chic when combined with stainless steel appliances and does a good job of hiding dirt and grime, good for many families.

Light granite has a brightening effect on most rooms, especially when there is a lot of natural lighting. Light granite can look modern when combined with white appliances and trim, or traditional when paired with vintage appliances or wood paneling. It is easy to pick the wrong shade of granite when going light, but if done well it will look very sleek. Keep in mind that light granite more easily shoes dirt and grime which may not be compatible with large families or busy people.

Granite can be dyed several colors including red, blue, and green. Choosing colored granite can be very risky but pays off if done correctly, making a big statement.

Picking a Pattern

Patterns in granite are typically similar, being flecked or lined with color, but vary in density, shade, and size. Though it is less common, solid stones can be found. More common, though, is granite with flecks and streaks in it. These pieces of stone are very beautiful but the overall design of the room should be considered when picking a stone.

In very busy or colorful rooms, granite with less density in pattern are typically a better option as pairing a busy granite with a cluttered room can be overwhelming. Busy patterns are best paired with simple rooms that have only one or two colors, creating a focal piece.

Picking a Thickness and Finish

Granite countertops typically come in 2cm or 3cm cuts. A thicker granite will be more expensive because of its weight but can span larger distances without support. Thinner pieces require supports for overhanging pieces and laminated edges to thicken the granite.

Granite is available in two finishes. A polished finish creates a shiny look and usually darkens and deepens the look of the stone and honing creates a soft, matte finish.

If you’re looking for a reliable material trucking and hauling company for your next construction project, call Nickel Rock today to discuss your needs and get a quote! We’d love to work with you!

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