Granite Colors, Counter Top Colors and Design Details

Whether it's granite colors, marble, Corian counter top colors or Silestone colors you're looking for, it will be easy to find a counter top color that perfectly suits your decor with hundreds of beautiful shades available.

The tricky part will be deciding which one of the many gorgeous colors you love the most!

Create Your Vibe With Color

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Choosing your granite colors, Corian counter top colors or Silestone colors is an exciting and important decision to make when planning your kitchen, bath, and other home projects.

Color has tremendous impact as an emotional trigger that sets the mood of any space.

So, it is essential that you spend some time coordinating your counter top colors with your kitchen cabinets, and faucet, appliances, wall, and floor paint colors to achieve the look and feel you desire.

Blacks and gray granite colors or Silestone colors will create a sleek and modern look that is cool and sophisticated while gold, brown and ivory counter top colors have an old-world, rustic charm that is comfortable yet elegant.

Blue and purple are vibrant and energetic. Darker reds and plums are cozy and romantic and greens can be casual or formal depending on the shade you choose.

You'll find granite and marble colors ranging from soft beige to golden brown, light pinks to rich corals, greens of all shades, blacks, whites, and blues.

Corian countertop colors and other manufactured countertops by Zodiac, Cambria and Gibraltar present lots of choices too, but for more subtle shades or one-of-a-kind patterns marble and granite present the most options.

Corian has a distinctly different look than the natural and engineered stones. Since it is a plastic, Corian counter top colors tend not to be as rich in tone nor possess the depth of color that you'll especially find in marble and granite colors and even in Silestone colors.

An important point to remember when choosing a color scheme is that neutral earth tones and classic styles "sell" better if a move is in your future.

However, if your tastes run toward the more dramatic and exotic granite colors or marble colors, go for it! After all, the countertops are for you to love and enjoy and very often it's the unique that commands a premium upon resale.

Simple Tips On Design

Also, keep in mind that it is generally better to minimize the number of different elements you combine in a design and choose those that share common features in order to create a unified theme. But you can still mix and match texture, pattern and color. Get some great tips on choosing interior design colors.

For example, you could combine a polished granite countertop with a tumbled marble backsplash and a slate floor. Use a polished finish on one surface and honed on another. Or mix a dramatic pattern with a simple one. The idea is to create a harmonious balance.

Granite Colors & Countertop Patterns

Granite colors are so interesting because of the variety in the pattern. Generally there is a flecked or pebbled appearance, but even when highly structured the quartz, crystals and minerals that make up the "flecks and pebbles" vary in size and density.

Many other granite colors lack a consistent arrangement of the crystals and other elements and are said to have movement in their pattern.

Granite varieties with lots of movement in their pattern add a dramatic flare to your design and are truly one-of-a-kind.

Corian color patterns and Silestone color patterns, however, feature very consistent and highly structured speckled or pebbled patterns.

Because of this, some people feel that Silestone counter top colors and Corian counter top colors are "boring" compared to granite, but many prefer the uniform look and believe it adds stability to the design.

Marble and other natural stones have unique pattern characteristics that you'll also want to consider for your design. Marble typically has veins and swirls of color.

Travertine can look similar to some marbles, but generally has much smaller veins and continuous, asymmetrical tonal variations. Travertine also has pits and pores that add a textural quality. These pores can be left natural or filled in to make a smoother surface that is easier to keep clean.

Limestone stays within the earth tones and shows minimal color variation although you will often find fossilized sea creatures that are millions of years old embedded in the surface.

Countertop Finishes

Polished. When considering granite colors you must also think about the finish. A mirror-like polished finish is generally your best bet for granite, marble and engineered quartz countertop brands.

A polished finish enhances the subtlety and depth of color, is very smooth and pleasing to the touch, is easy to clean and looks fantastic.

Honed. This type of finish is similar to a "matte" photograph. Counter top colors are rich with a honed finish but more muted and flat.

A honed finish still looks very nice and is warmer than a polished finish, but it is also more prone to staining has a tendency to show fingerprints and is otherwise more difficult to keep clean.

For these last reasons, a honed finish is best suited for a backsplash, powder bath or for flooring.

Flamed and brushed finishes create a rough surface with lots of texture. These finishes aren't practical for countertops but are great for fireplaces, floors, fountains, walls and other more decorative pieces.

Specialty finishes such as flamed, brushed or honed are only for granite, marble or other natural stones. Engineered stone surfaces do come in either a "polished" or "flat" finish. 

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