Granite is the second-most hard material after diamond. It is one of the rocks formed from molten magma and consists of many minerals and crystals, including feldspar and quartz. These minerals and crystals decide the color of the granite. The color effects generated from feldspar are blue, pink, white, green and that from quartz are clear, milky, or hazy in color. The color also depends on its origin (the country from where the materials are processed).
Granite countertops are widely used in modern kitchens and bathrooms because they have an inherent sparkling effect and an ability to reflect light from every angle. Their use gives a dazzling effect to the interior. These are available in many colors.
These can render an elegance and a classy look to your kitchen or bathroom. You can opt for one in solid black or the ones that have little patterns on them, made up of small stones, or crystals. If the interiors are white in color, black granite can be the best option, as it will contrast well. Solid black granite is mined in India, South Africa, Australia, and Sweden.
Beige shades are popular as they give a classical look to the kitchen and bathroom interior. They come in shades of brown, beige, yellow, and cream shades. They are popular, as the colors are neutral in nature and they can blend with any type of interior. Such light-shaded countertops can enhance the beauty of your kitchen or bathroom if the color of the rest of the interiors is in a darker shade.
This color gives a romantic and impressive touch to the room. The shades of red range from light salmon to dark maroon. They are quite expensive, but are worth it as they create a focal point in the interiors. These countertops are sprinkled with golden or white flakes that add to the beauty. The countertops that come in solid red color are very rare, and almost always come in combination with other colors, like black and brown. These are very famous in China and are mined in Brazil and China.
Blue is the most favorite color when it comes to countertops. There are many shades in blue, which include royal blue, lavender, ice blue, and sapphire blue. They are used to brighten small kitchens and bathrooms. Ice blue shades go well with an interior that has cabinets in shades of brown or yellow. Blue granite is mined in Africa and Brazil.
Though countertops made of green granite are not that popular, they are fairly cheap and have the widest range of colors. Green granite gives a natural look to your kitchen or bathroom. The range of shades in green varies from sea green to bottle green. Emerald Pearl from Norway and the Forest Green from India are some of the famous green granites.
To make the process of selecting the right color easier, here are some tips that will guide you:
- Search for the best store that displays all the available colors.
- If you are going to build a new house, choose the color of floors after selecting the color of your granite countertop.
- If you are willing to install one on an already erected house, make sure you take a sample of the colors that your interior has.
- When you are checking out the stones, the samples should be large slabs and not small pieces hung over the wall. Small samples may not help you make the right judgment.
- If possible, view the sample slab in sunlight.
- Before making the final selection, be sure about all the colors of other interiors you will be using in your kitchen or bathroom, and how well the granite color blends with them.
Granite is a lifelong material like diamond, choice of which should be done with great care. These countertops are very attractive, durable, and you have the choice of selecting from numerous colors.