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Discover the different types, edges, and applications of granite countertops, and get ideas on how to use granite in your own kitchen.
Granite can be found in almost any color including white, black, blue, red, and gold. Choose a colorful granite to accent a specific part of your kitchen. For example, the hue of this countertop complements the kitchen's copper features.
Granite comes in three basic patterns: solid, marbled, and speckled. Solid-looking granites have little variation in pattern. Instead, they maintain one similar look overall. This is a good option for small kitchens where busy-looking surfaces might make a room feel small.
Marbled granite looks just as the name suggests -- like marble, it has a smooth transition between color and texture that runs throughout the stone. With this pattern, a light-color granite can have a high-end feel similar to real marble.
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Like most countertops, granite comes in a honed or glossy finish. Honed countertops have a matte finish, which sometimes lets granite take on the appearance of other materials. For instance, a honed black granite countertop can have a similar look to soapstone.
Highly polished granites are a practical countertop choice for small kitchens because the glossy finish reflects light -- a trick that makes small spaces feel larger and more welcoming.
Granite is generally installed in stone slabs with few or no visible grout lines. This can be very expensive -- both for the material and the labor to install such large, heavy pieces. One budget-friendly countertop option is using granite tiles, shown here.
Another way to cut costs is to limit the installation of granite to hardworking areas only. An island, for instance, that provides a landing place for items hot out of the oven, as well as prep space, is an ideal location for the durability of granite. Auxiliary countertops can be topped with less expensive materials. If you still want the look of granite throughout your kitchen, consider laminate or solid-surfacing that has a similar look and texture.
Edge details make a big statement when it comes to countertops, and natural stones like granite have the most options available. An eased edge, shown here, is the most simple and contemporary detailing.
Bullnose and beveled edges are classic countertop treatments. Softer and more rounded than an eased edge, these two styles also have a bit more detailing. A bullnose has a smooth, flowing downward edge, while a bevel tends to cut at a sharper angle before rounding.
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Ogee, DuPont, and triple waterfall edges are more detailed, producing high-end looks that also costs more than other edge treatments. These edges complement many styles, and they are often a finishing touch for more elaborately designed and decorated kitchens
A broader application of edge detailing, curved granite countertops are a practical consideration for busy kitchens. Stone has hard edges and sharp corners. Curves soften the edges and are more comfortable for cooks and guests who work and gather in the kitchen.
For a less dramatic shift, use the countertop as a transitional surface. The large variety of available colors allows granite to segue between almost any backsplash or wall treatment and cabinetry color. A light shade of green provides a smooth transition between the gray-blue tiles and white cabinets.
Granite can be custom-cut and laid to match your design ideas and your kitchen’s needs. This granite countertop creates an apron, not only protecting the island from daily wear and tear, but also adding visual interest. The organic stone top is a natural complement to the wood base, as well.
Granite is a naturally durable and easy-to-clean material, making it ideal for backsplashes. Consider running a granite countertop partially up the wall for a seamless look. Granite can be applied behind the range for hardworking but beautiful coverage.
Use granite to make a grand statement. Fully integrated into a matching granite countertop, this custom granite sink with a drain board is an eye-catching use of materials that would create a focal point for any kitchen.