Looking to upgrade your kitchen with beautiful new granite countertops? Before you buy, check out our guide to choosing a color that works for you. Discover some of the most popular colors for granite countertops and how to use them in your kitchen.

By Kathy Barnes
August 26, 2015

It's no surprise that granite has become the most in-demand material for kitchen countertops. The natural stone is durable and has a classic beauty that looks great in any style of home. While the decision to use granite may be simple, choosing among the many color options can be daunting. Granite is available in thousands of colors, which are typically grouped into 10 basic categories -- beige, black, blue, brown, burgundy, gray, green, red, yellow, and white.

The most popular color is black, which is elegant and timeless. Darker counters look great paired with lighter cabinetry or in kitchens with plenty of natural light. Black, brown, burgundy, and gray can overpower a small or low-light kitchen, especially when mixed with dark woods.

Fancy accents

On the other end of the spectrum, the lightest countertops can create a more open feeling in a small kitchen. White, yellow, or beige counters bounce light around a room to visually expand the space. They look modern atop dark cabinets or in a sleek, monochromatic scheme. For a traditional, European, or cottage look, pair lighter counters with warm, neutral tones on the cabinets, floors, and walls.

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The least common granite colors are intense shades of red, blue, and green. These exotic designs are perfect for daring homeowners looking for an eye-catching focal point. When working with busy or bold counters, it's best to use a muted palette for the other surfaces in the kitchen.

After choosing your preferred color, browse samples within that color subset. You'll find there are three basic patterns -- solid, marbled, and speckled. Solid granite has little variation in pattern, marbled granite has a smooth transition between color and texture, and speckled granite shows a lot of variation in color and texture. Additionally, you can pick between the typical high-gloss finish or a honed finish.

It's OK to browse granite samples online, but you'll want to do some shopping in person. Take samples (or photos) of your cabinet finish, flooring, and wall paint so you can see how they look next to the granite samples you're considering. Also, don't make this pricey purchase until you've seen your particular slab in person. Even if they bear the same name, every slab of granite is unique and each will have slight variations in color and pattern. 

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Comments (2)

December 19, 2018
Are there any other colors available in granite dining table models? I am looking change old wooden countertops to granite countertops. But as they are expensive, I am still confused that are they worth to buy?
May 6, 2018
My wife and I have a small kitchen and took your advice about choosing a lighter color. We had seen just how much the darker colors made the room look smaller and we didn't want to make ours feel any smaller than it already was. Fortunately there didn't seem to be any shortage of different colors out there to choose from. We must have looked at 100 different slabs in the showroom before choosing viscount white. It had some very dramatic movement in the pattern and we both fell in love with it right away. Here's a good example of it https://www.architypes.net/countertops/granite/colors/ The other thing that we found interesting was how the finish can drastically effect the way the color looks. We got a leathered finish, because according to the manufacturer it's more forgiving when it comes to staining and we know we aren't exactly perfect when it comes to cleaning off the counter, especially with our two kids on the prowl. Sometimes I wonder if they make a mess just to see how long it will take to get my attention and for me to make them clean up after themselves.