Hello, readers! Welcome back to the Stonehouse Countertops blog. We’re pleased you’ve chosen Stonehouse Countertops for your informational needs! You’ll find everything pertinent about the maintenance of various custom countertop materials on this blog. We also provide comprehensive deep dives into various aspects of the design and installation process. Our goal is to equip you with the information you need to commission the perfect countertops for your space. Our last article included a guide with which to pair your countertops with their perfect flooring counterpart. In the article, we discuss various design philosophies, how to judge complimentary colors, and more. If you’re undertaking a renovation process—or what to know if your new countertops will pair well with your current floors—we recommend giving our last article a quick read! 

Today, we’re departing on the first part of a series in which we’ll discuss the design implications of various stone materials. Natural stones, such as granite, come in a limited number of colors and patterns. However, among those colors and patterns, there are a near-infinite number of cabinetry combinations. Now, imagine how many combinations there are for an extremely versatile engineered stone such as quartz! We want to give you a few references for popular colors among these stone materials and how they’ll pair with other aspects of your space. If you’re interested, read on!

Granite

Granite countertops have dominated the countertop scene for decades. Their durability, heat-resistance, and versatility have made them homeowners’ number one choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor patios alike. While new trends may threaten granite’s long-time reign in the future, for now, granite is still one of the best investments you can make into your home. 

Interior designer at Albee Interior Design, Wendy Albee, had this to say about granite: “Nothing beats Mother Nature. Granite and other natural stones have unique patterns that can’t be replicated by engineering products. You can find hundreds of colors and patterns, from stones that may have been formed thousands or even millions of years ago. If you’re looking for multiple slabs that match each other, you can find similar stones by choosing from the same batch. However, each slab you choose will have unique and beautiful characteristics, including viewing swirls, specks, and sparkles. No two slabs are exactly alike and each slab will take on different characteristics under different lighting conditions.”

There are over three-thousand different variations of granite, all ranging in color, texture, and pattern. We’ll discuss the most popular colors of granite and their various design implications to help give you a better idea of how your countertops will visually affect the rest of your space. 

Azurite is one of the most popular types of granite. This stone has a cream base with blue and brown detailing. When paired with light-brown cabinetry, the stone lends itself to a rustic feel. Similarly, if you’re seeking to create a traditional atmosphere, Ivory Green granite will facilitate such a mood. A beige stone with reddish-brown accents, Ivory Green granite pairs well with any color of cabinetry. Both of these options bring subdued warmth and color to any space. 

Baltic Brown is a dark type of granite, dominated by black and brown, speckled with tan and grey. Since this is such a dark slab, you might not want to pair this stone with dark cabinetry, as this can drain the light from a space. Another dark-toned option is Cosmic Black, also known as Titanium. This granite contains large deposits of natural quartz and can sometimes appear with streaks of yellow and brown. Because of the possibility of yellow featuring heavily in the slab, white cabinetry may not be the best option to pair with this stone. Instead, opt for dark cabinetry. 

Bianco Antico and Delicatus White both have white bases. Bianco Antico is studded with pink and brown, while Delicatus White holds deposits of black, grey, and brown minerals. Bianco Antico is a wonderful accompaniment to hardwood floors. Both stones work with black or white cabinets. 

Blue Bahia has a white base and varying amounts of blue mineral deposits. Depending on the amount of blue mineral, the stone can appear quite light or quite dark. Lighter versions of the stone pair best with light cabinetry, while darker versions of the stone pair best with dark cabinetry. Medium-brown cabinets are a safe option, as well. Another vibrant option is Peacock Green, a dark-green crystal granite flecked with gold. White or light brown cabinetry can bring out the subtle beauty of this stone. 

Cream Bordeaux is a stone resembling Jupiter, with a chaotic mixture of cream, brown, red, pink, blue, and grey. Due to the various colors present, Cream Bordeaux is a versatile option which pairs well with most cabinetry (especially white). Caravelas is another cream-based stone with veins of gold and black. Similar cream or deep brown cabinets are the best option for this stone. 

Quartz

Quartz is quickly becoming the most popular stone option. While quartz still lags behind granite among homeowners, the gap is slowly-but-surely closing. Due to its stain-resistance and vast color range, more people are turning to quartz to meet their countertop needs. Cathay Niese Briskorn, another interior designer at Albee Interior Design, advocated for quartz, stating: “Quartz takes Mother Nature and improves on it, with new colors and patterns constantly coming onto the market. Quartz has become so popular that one contractor we work with said it now accounts for ninety percent of the countertops his company installs. That means more and better colors and patterns. The same is true if you’re looking for the look of marble without the upkeep of it, if you like a speckled terrazzo-style look instead of veining, if you want extra sparkly countertops, or a very subtle pattern, or even a solid color with no pattern at all.” 

The appearance of quartz countertops largely comes down to personal preference. Quartz is an engineered stone composed primarily of crushed stone powder and polymer. If you’re unable to find the style you’re looking for, chances are you’ll be able to have the style commissioned from scratch by a quartz manufacturer. We’ll discuss the basics of quartz colors and their implications of your design.

White countertops can lend an airy, open feel to any space. They can be a hassle to keep clean, but the wonderful thing about quartz is its easy clean-up. The most popular whites among quartz are Aterra Blanca, Arabetto, Empira White, Pure White, and Statuario Maximus. Aterra Blanca is a warm white, imparting a comfortability to a kitchen.  Arabetto and Empira White are quite similar, as they both feature charcoal veins and a classic style. Pure White is, as the name suggests, the closest you’ll get to stark-white countertops. Finally, Statuario Maximus resembles marble with its high-contrast veining. 

Grey countertops are a popular choice among those who are attempting to cultivate an industrial design style and achieve visual depth. Coastal Grey is a multifaceted grey with feathered white throughout. Airy Concrete, contrary to the name, is a bold choice among the grey quartz. If you’re looking to make a statement, this is a good option. Clearskies is similarly bold but offers a hint of elegance. 

Black can be an intimidating countertop color but, offset with the right cabinetry, can add striking contrast to a space. Among black quartz, Black Tempal, Empira Black, and Jet black are great options. Black Tempal almost resembles a very dark slate with its greyish tone and lateral lining. Similar to Empira White, Empira Black features white marbling, giving this stone a highly sophisticated appearance. Jet Black, like Pure White, is a deep black. The differences between these will be subtle and, ultimately, your choice will come down to personal preference. 

As always, we here at Stonehouse Countertops are happy to help! Equipped with information, you’re now able to make the choice best suited to you and your needs. At Stonehouse Countertops, we are willing and able to work with you to your specifications. We offer a wide range of different materials and always have someone on hand to answer your questions! Don’t hesitate to reach out for consultation or for help forming a plan. We want to ensure your vision becomes a reality! Check back into our blog for further iterations of this series with different stone materials! Until next time, thanks for reading!