First, start by going to open houses and look at the granite countertops features in homes so you can see how the different colors work with appliances and walls. This will help you quickly form an “I like that…I don’t like that” opinion. Everything in a showroom at a granite store looks beautiful, but tens of linear feet of black granite unless paired with cheery white French cabinets can look daunting.
Then travel to a home or kitchen design store, home improvement store or granite fabricator to look at sample granite countertops. Locate stores with large displays of samples, so you can see the full range of colors of granite countertops available for purchase. Visit several stores to see a wide selection of colors and pricing. Also, look at design websites to view pictures of granite countertops already in homes to get an idea of what color you like.
Obtain several granite samples. Many manufacturers make small pieces that you can order, purchase or borrow from the store. You may also be able to obtain samples directly from the manufacturers’ websites. Though it may cost a small fee, you will be able to hold the sample up to your cabinets and floors to get an idea of what color will work in your space.
Choosing a neutral color for your granite can help if you are not planning to stay in your home for a long time… Consider the resale value and that not everyone has the same taste as you. Choose a color that will appeal to a wide variety of people and not just you. Do not select a trendy color that might lose popularity in a few years. In addition, you might tire of a color that is not neutral.
Take inventory of the color of your cabinets, accessories, appliances and walls in your kitchen. Coordinate your color and pattern choice with these, so the counters will blend in and not look out of place in your kitchen. If you plan to remodel the entire room, factor in each of these items so your room will have a uniform and classy style. Consider the lightening in your kitchen when selecting a granite countertop. If you do not have a lot of light, especially natural light, consider a lighter color countertop. Conversely, go with a darker color if your kitchen is bright and airy.
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