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.