Do you feel like your kitchen is missing something? When you look at your kitchen counters, do they seem bland and outdated? If so, kitchen remodeling with granite and stone countertops are a classy way to spruce things up!
Natural stone has a timeless look that is visually hard to beat. The different colors, patterns, and textures can really make your kitchen and baths stand out, adding value and appeal to your home. If you think that color patterns are the only benefit of stone, you are surely mistaken! The addition of cosmetic edging and stylish sink basins can really help you to express your stone countertop by adding flair and personality.
Popular Granite Colors
Granite offers a tremendous variety of color options. As with any trend, color popularity can change over time. Often, one color or style will offer longevity over others, but be sure you choose a color that matches your taste and complements your cabinets and appliances.
Take a look at a few popular colors
- Uba Tuba – an extremely popular color. The bold green coloring is offset with flecks of gold and tan. This is a high-density stone making it very durable
- Baltic Brown – This stone can match almost any decor. The dark background contrasted with circular brown crystals adds a neutral yet distinct characteristic
- Venetian Gold – provides a warm, neutral tone to any kitchen or bath
- Black Galaxy – A very dense stone, that shines elegantly with copper or gold colored specks throughout
Types of Countertop Edges
Like with granite colors, there many great edging styles to choose from. Each edge creates a different look that can compliment your stone color. Although some edges are subtle and look similar, others are bold and really stand out.
Here are a few common edges to choose from
- Bullnose – Rounding from the top edge of the counter
- Flat – A straight, vertical edge
- Bevel – A straight angled cut
- Ogee – Think of an angled “S” shape cut into the counter
- Cove – A concave cutout at the top edge portion of the counter
Keep in mind, there can even be combinations of edges. Round edges can be 1/2″ or 1/4″ or a double bullnose, and even a cove ogee!
Your sink choice is an important factor to consider when selecting your new counters. Not only does the sink accent your new stone counter, it is a functional part of your kitchen or bath, so it may need to withstand heavy use.
Here we have listed a few of the most common styles
- Stainless Steel Undermount – The most common sink for granite kitchens. Stainless steel is resistant to rust and easily cleaned. Choose a lower gauge steel for increased durability
- Vessel – A vessel is a bowl-shaped sink will sit on top of your counter or can be dropped into a cutout in the vanity. This unique and bold statement for baths can be made from wood, ceramic, glass, stone, etc
- Composite Granite – Made of crushed stone, expoxy and coloring, this sink style is gaining popularity. Very durable and almost scratch resistant.
- Enamel Coated Cast Iron – an elegant, but higher cost sink. Cast iron is very durable but, the enamel can wear off showing the cast iron below the surface
Should You Do It Yourself?
Remember that when it comes to granite countertop installation, you should contact a professional installer. The tops are extremely heavy, and require the proper tools and experience to complete the job.
At Raleigh Remodeling, we are the Triangle’s professional choice for granite and stone countertop remodeling. We have a great selection of color options and we provide excellent customer satisfaction. Call us today at 919-271-3892 or visit our contact page for a consultation.