Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

Tips on Picking Granite Countertops

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Are you thinking of installing granite countertops? The process can be a time consuming one, but it’s well worth it to add some natural elegance to your home. When clients come to us, we offer them the following tips to get them started:

Many don’t know that granite countertops come in a variety of different colors. When it comes to picking a color, you need to choose one that matches the style and feeling of what you want to create. It will be the most dominant feature, so you want to take care in selecting a color. Take home a sample piece and see how it melds with your kitchen. You might be surprised with the results.

The right kitchen backsplash design can help highlight your new counters, but the wrong one will take away from their natural luster. There are three great options for backsplashes:

  • Tile
    This is the “go to” option, with the most popular tiles being ceramic, slate or mosaic. Tile works great with granite, as it provides additional water resistance. Pick a tile that includes some of granite’s more subtle colors, and a grout color that matches the undertones.
  • Natural Stone
    There is nothing wrong with having granite on granite. It’s appropriate to use the same style for both the counters and backsplash, or to choose a coordinating slab or tiles, as this will break up the space and help create visual interest. 
  • Stainless Steel
    A more modern and sleeker option, this is a great choice for those trying to convey a contemporary feel. Stainless steel works great with colors like black, white and tan.

The cost is a big reason why some don’t choose these type of countertops. However, these countertops are durable and long lasting, and eventually pay for themselves. If you don’t like one price, shop around and get a free estimate from each. Even if you decide for the time being against installing new counters, you’ll have a firm price when you’re ready to have them installed.

Still have questions about granite countertops in your Twin Cities home? Get in touch with Northstar Granite Tops by clicking here.

How to Choose Colors for Your Granite Countertops

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A big benefit to installing granite countertops is you have a wide range of colors from which you can pick. Choosing these colors is one of the biggest design decisions you’ll have to make, as the chosen color will help to determine the colors and design of the kitchen or bathroom, and if you’re doing a complete overhaul of either of these rooms, this is an important decision considering associated costs.

When thinking about colors for your granite counters, there are many factors to consider:

Complementary colors

Since granite comes in such a wide color palette, you can mix and match different colors, but you want to make sure you select the right colors for your countertops. The colors should go together, and make the room much brighter.

Complementary patterns

Despite how pretty a base tone might be, a pattern can make or break a color. The pattern should complement the room as much as the color. For example, elaborate patterns mesh well with darker granite colors, and provide the room with a more elegant color.

Area complements

The color you select should mesh well with your entire room. If you’re not sure of what colors to opt for, you can seek advice. Our team will also be able to help you with color choices.

Functional colors

Brown is a warm color, great for living rooms and other relaxation areas. However, it might not be the best color for a kitchen. By the same token, reds and yellows might work great in fast food restaurants, due to the high energy associated with them, but they might not work best in your kitchen or bathroom. Don’t pick colors just based on aesthetics, but how they serve the room’s function.

Click here to see our list of granite colors.

Customizing Granite Kitchen Countertops

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When you’re choosing granite countertops for your kitchen, you will find yourself presented with many different customization options so you will be able to make your counters truly your own. When you get to the point of having your new counters installed, they should feel as those they were always part of your home.

How do you make your countertops really unique?


Not all edges have to be the same. You have a wide range of options to choose from (bullnose, egg, ogee, radius, bevel and more). Adding one of these might a little bit more cost, but it’s a great way to add a level of customization that helps to make your counters truly your own.

Multiple Designs

You don’t have to have just one trying of countertop in your kitchen. You have the ability to mix and match different designs and can play them off one another. Some styles tie together really well, including counters that are light and dark. There are many different ways to mix together different designs; you just have to find the right balance that works for you.


Each piece of granite is truly unique, and the color and pattern can be extremely varied. You’ll find light and dark colors, and each will have different textures. Having the different textures and colors help you in matching your countertops to the look of your kitchen, or the look you’re hoping to get from remodeling.

Northstar Granite Tops Blog is live!

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As a locally owned and operated business in the Twin Cities, MN area, we at Northstar Granite Tops have always prided ourselves on our work, and illustrating why we’re one of the area’s top companies for your granite countertop needs.

Because of the pride we take in our work, we’re happy to today launch our blog. It will be frequently updated with information on granite countertops. We will also use this blog to showcase projects – past and present – the Northstar Granite Tops staff has worked so very hard on.

Not familiar with Northstar Granite Tops? Please visit our home page to learn more about our company and services, or if you’re looking around at different Twin Cities, MN granite countertops companies. We look forward to working with you!