When people think of remodeling their kitchen or bath, the first thoughts that come to mind are the cabinets and countertops. It’s a prime aesthetic that appeals to many people with varying styles. Choosing the right granite color is an important decision and challenge for homeowners while doing their kitchen remodeling. The granite selection has become ever more challenging given the present day availability of numerous granite colors in the American market.
Today, so many colors appear to go well with one’s kitchen. The key is identifying the correct color selection with your cabinet. To do this, it’s important to select your cabinet door first. This helps to narrow down your choices significantly. Once a door finish and style has been selected, we recommend that you choose your flooring. With this selected, we can learn the general style & direction of where you are going with your kitchen. Now onto the key to understanding how to select the perfect top: Contrast.
Contrast is a principle of art. When defining it, art experts refer to the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece so as to create visual interest, excitement, and drama. This holds true when it comes to selecting the surface of your kitchen. Creating that juxtaposition is key. A good example of this would be using a dark stained cabinet with a light countertop. For example, a Galaxy White granite countertop goes brilliantly with an Espresso stained cabinet.
A very popular trend is to design a kitchen with a two tone look for the cabinets, one for the perimeter and the other contrasting color for the island (Some designers favor contrasting colors for the wall and base cabinets). The key to success is to select a granite that has hues of the two colors.
Another important factor is choosing the edge profile. Square edges are standard on most countertops, but decorative edges like radius, bullnose, bevel, egg, and ogee — while a bit more expensive, are another way to customize a kitchen. Availability of edges varies based on countertop materials.
Other natural stone materials, like marble, limestone, and soapstone, are softer than granite and require more delicate use and care. All stone countertops must be sealed periodically.
Engineered stone countertops like quartz come in a wider variety of colors than natural stone countertops, are more durable and are a cinch to maintain. However, engineered stone won't save any money over granite: the two materials cost roughly the same or in some cases can be higher in price. Companies like Cesarstone and Cambria are a few examples of high priced quartz due to their vast color selections and catering to kosher style kitchens.
In the end, making a decision on the stone for you kitchen can be a daunting task. We at Berkut Inc. have dedicated designers who do their very best to make that daunting task easier and help you design a beautiful kitchen or bath. Most importantly, we want to decision maker by guiding you on the right path of making a proper selection that you can be proud of for years to come.