So, you’ve decided you’re going for granite when it comes to renovating your kitchen and creating your new kitchen worktop. Well done! You’ve made a very good decision, and one which will last you for a good few years to come. The next decision you have to make is which colour to go for – this is where the real hard work can come in!
How do you do it?
It’s a massive decision, so you need to make sure you get it right. If you are stuck between a few different shades, you need to seriously think before jumping in. To give you a little advice on how to go about this sometimes tough process, here’s a few pointers to help you out.
Pre-thought is everything
Granite comes in many different colours and patterns, but each slab is individual to the others, thanks to its individual veins running through it – this means that you certainly won’t have the same kitchen countertop to your neighbours! The first step you really need to make is to think about the rest of your kitchen décor, and decide what sort of scheme you want, as well as if you’re likely to be changing your colour scheme at any point in the future.
Ask for a colour map or wheel from the manufacturer
Any good manufacturer will be able to provide you with a colour wheel, and this will allow you to find the ideal shade for you, as well as checking which colours work together and which ones clash. If you are heading to a showroom to find your stone, then you should take samples or photographs of your existing cabinets and other kitchen effects, such as the shade of laminate of your floor etc, to check compliance and that they literally ‘go’ together.
A showroom visit is always the best way forward
You might be tempted to do all your shopping online, because you can literally relax in your own home as you do it, but you’re not getting a real feel for the work surface if you can’t touch it and see it in person. For this reason, head to a showroom as well as looking online, because this will also help you see how a shade reacts to different lights, how it shimmers or otherwise, and how well it compliments your existing kitchen colour scheme.
Think outside the box and cover all angles
Of course, you need to think carefully about other factors too, including how the shade you’re thinking of going with reacts to light – do you want a matte shade, or do you want something which shimmers? What sort of lighting do you have in your kitchen already? This is another reason to go to a showroom. On top of this, decide what sort of look you want your new kitchen to have, e.g. do you want a modern, minimalistic theme, in which case blacks and greys could be for you, or do you want a timeless, classic look? In that case, whites, browns, and again, blacks are ideal.
How many shades of black?
We should also mention that one colour will probably come in several different shades, so if you decide on a black work surface, you need to be aware that you then need to choose your shade of black – black is never just black! The same can be said for pretty much every other colour in the spectrum!
Ask for help if you’re not sure
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice when you head to a showroom to try and whittle down your colour choices. Yes, you need to have an idea in your head, but you may also need a little advice on what colours complement each other – there might be a combination out there that you never dreamed of, but could work wonderfully well for you.
Getting the right colour for your granite stone worktops is imperative, because you are literally stuck with the decision you make for a long time to come. To avoid making a costly and time consuming mistake, make sure you put time and effort into the decision, to avoid wishing you’d made a different choice at a later date.