4 Tips on How to Pick Granite Slabs

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When completing a renovation that requires countertops, there are many decisions that must be made. From initially deciding what material countertop you want, to picking out the exact granite slab near Plymouth, Northstar Granite Tops is here to help you find the countertop of your dreams!

While many may think the hard part is over once they have decided on granite, there are still decisions to be made. Here are 4 tips from the experts to help make the decision-making process smoother!

1. Decide on Aesthetic

Before you call your local fabricator to schedule a time to look at available granite slabs, it’s important to take time to think about the desired aesthetic of the room you are renovating. Whether you are picking out granite for your kitchen, bathroom or even a bar – consider these questions before going on a hunt to find your perfect slab:

– Do you want a light or dark color?

– When you picture your fully renovated room, what color and pattern come to mind?

– Do you prefer straight lines and corners? Curved edges and rounded corners?

– Are you looking for a top-mount, under-mount or drop-in sink?

– Are there any granite patterns/colors you can rule out?

Taking the time to think about these questions and more can help narrow down options once you visit your fabricator. By knowing more about what you want, they can help point you in the right direction and you can save time by limiting your choices to what you really want early on.

2. Consider Size of Kitchen or Bathroom

The next thing to consider before even leaving your home is the size of the room that the granite countertops will be in. In smaller rooms or in rooms with less natural light, lighter colored slabs will create a more spacious look. However, for larger spaces and brighter rooms, darker colors may make other pieces of the renovation pop.

In small spaces, complicated and busy patterns can make the room feel cramped. Whereas, in larger spaces, complicated, busy patterns can create a homier vibe. Having a good idea of the size of the room and the natural light can help influence answers to the questions above and can help ensure that the granite slabs you consider will look good for years to come.

3. Take Samples Along

One common mistake that many people make is not bringing along samples to compare to granite slabs. If you have already picked out cabinets, floors, wall colors and backsplashes, bring along samples of everything you can! This will help ensure that any granite slabs you consider match and will look right in the space once installed.

If possible, bring along physical samples rather than pictures to see how the colors and textures compare in various lighting – that way you can be sure that you make the right choice!

4. Be Ready to Take Pictures and Notes

Finally, bring along a phone that you can take pictures and notes on, or be sure to have a camera and notepad! Chances are, you will need more than one trip to the fabricator to decide on the perfect granite slab, so taking notes and pictures can help give you extra time to think about your options – all without having to trust your memory to capture each little detail of every slab you are considering.

If you are ready to pick out granite slabs for your next project in Plymouth or the surrounding Twin Cities area, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or request a free quote!