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Picking a Granite Color for Your Kitchen Counter

Picking a Granite Color for Your Kitchen Counter

Picking a Granite Color for Your Kitchen Counter

There is a lot to like about using granite for your kitchen counter. It is durable, it looks great, it is easy to clean, it can stand up to heat, and much more. However, there is another advantage to using granite that is often-overlooked – it is available in an incredible number of colors. No matter what kind of décor you are trying to achieve in your kitchen, there is almost certainly a granite shade that will match perfectly.

While having so many options is a great advantage, it can also be a challenge as well. Specifically, how do you pick from so many choices? You could easily drive yourself mad looking at sample after sample while trying to make a decision. If you are thinking about installing a new granite counter in your kitchen, use the tips below to guide your color-picking process.

Lights and Darks

Before you get into specifics, first decide whether you would like a dark shade or light shade for your counter. Based on the rest of the design in your kitchen, this first choice should be pretty easy. Most people will opt to use the counter as a contrast from the rest of the room. For instance, if you are using dark paint or tile on the walls, you will likely want to pick a light counter, and vice versa. Deciding on either light or dark right off the bat will cut your list of options in half – a great start to the process.

Play It Safe

Generally speaking, you don’t want to get too ‘crazy’ with your granite selection. If you pick a color that is well outside of the traditional spectrum for countertops, you might find that you quickly grow tired of your new counter. Since this is a costly investment, the last thing you want to do is replace your counter after a short period of time because the color has gotten old.

Also, another advantage to playing it safe is the protection of your investment from a resale perspective. You may wish to sell your home one day, and the kitchen is going to be one of the most important aspects of that sale. If you pick out a granite color that won’t appeal to a wide audience, you may find that you need to replace it before you can get great offers for your house.

Work with a Pro

It is hard to picture exactly what different colors will look like when they are installed in your kitchen – so consider working with a design pro who can offer valuable advice based on previous projects. Having the guiding hand of an expert will be comforting and will give you confidence as you prepare to spend thousands of dollars on this project.

To learn more about granite countertops and to find out exactly what colors are available for your upcoming job, please feel free to contact Stone World today. Thank you for stopping by our blog, and we look forward to working with you soon!

Minimize the Cost for Granite

Recommended DIY work to keep costs down during granite countertop upgrades

Granite countertops can be more expensive, this cost is greatly offset by how long they last, but what about those who are having issues right now affording a granite countertop? Easy, we’ll look at the tips that will get you a granite countertop into your home in Nashville at an affordable price, without skimping on the quality of the countertop.

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Prep your cabinet for the granite countertop yourself

If you’re the truly handy type, who installs their own cabinets, you don’t necessarily have to hire someone to prep them to receive the granite countertop. The key here is making sure that your work is quality. If you’re not certain of your abilities, this may be when you want a professional around as a granite countertop is heavy and needs to be properly supported.

To prep your cabinet for the granite countertop, cut 3/4 inch plywood that exactly fits the base of your cabinets. This is your support for the granite. Drill a pilot hole and make sure your screws are centered over the frames underneath.

Order your granite countertop yourself

Some designers will insist on shopping for the actual granite themselves. This isn’t necessary as you can clearly see on our website that you can choose the actual slab of granite that you want, right from our location in Nashville.

We display the size and thickness so that you can make the decision yourself, rather than paying someone else to make it for you. If you don’t feel comfortable with power tools, this is your best chance to save some money during your granite countertop installation.

Have an appropriate space to work on your granite countertop

Granite countertop slabs are big and heavy. Some can weigh over 200 pounds. Where you work on it has to be sturdy.

Most people will use kraft paper to cut the template for the shape of the countertop. This is much easier than trying to make marks on your granite countertop.

The right tool for the job is a circular saw with a dry-cut segmented diamond blade. Anything less will not measure up and leave you with a poorly cut granite slab – or damage the circular saw itself.

So you can minimize the cost for granite countertops, take a look at what we have on offer in our Africa Range. You’ll be sure to find a granite slab that you can work on yourself, giving you that expensive look for a lower price – all from our local Nashville store.

Outdoor Kitchen Countertops

What type of stone to use for outdoor kitchens

If you’re building an outdoor kitchen, why not use a material that can last outdoors – stone slabs! Here in Nashville, we may not get the harsh weather that those up north do, but you will still need a material that lasts for a long time.

A granite countertop can be just the thing that increases the longevity of your outdoor kitchen, while also increasing your resale value in the competitive Nashville home market.

Granite countertops for your outdoor kitchen

Granite countertops are well known for their ability to resist:

  • stains
  • scratches
  • heat
  • odors

outdoor-2Make sure that the stone you choose for your outdoor kitchen countertop lasts for many years to come, while still being as great looking as the day you installed them in your home by choosing granite. Not only are granite countertops great at lasting for years, but they maintain their colors after years of exposure to the sun – why pay for a great looking stone that will just fade all too quickly?

Sun exposure is a key factor to consider when building your outdoor kitchen countertop. A solid granite countertop can handle the sun of Nashville – one from our Africa Range will be even better able to handle the harshness of summer.

Using marble for your outdoor kitchen countertop

Marble countertops are another material that you can use for your outdoor kitchen countertop, it will certainly outlast both you and your home. It is, however, a softer material that will dull, discolour and scratch in ways that granite countertops will not. They can be repaired regularly and easily if you have to have marble. Choose a honed marble, rather than polished, so that scratches don’t show up as easily.

Quartz countertops for outdoor kitchen

A quartz countertop is another long lasting option. It has the same properties as granite in terms of longevity and resistance to stains. It also has the ability to resist microorganisms, yellowing and heat. Maintenance is also slightly lower, prices can vary widely.

To help move you along in your decision, take a look at the stone we have on offer at our location in Nashville for outdoor kitchen countertops. We feature granite countertops, marble countertops and quartz countertops in our collection. You’ll be sure to find the color and size that works best for your unique vision.

Modern Granite Kitchen

Choose the best granite for a modern kitchen

When you start looking at design ideas for your new or upgraded kitchen, there are two basic types: modern, and country. More and more people in Nashville, and the surrounding middle Tennessee area, are opting for that modern look – sleek, refined, simple and sexy.

Granite may be an old world material, but if you choose it correctly you’ll be able to easily pull off a modern granite kitchen look.

Why do you want to use granite in a modern kitchen?

When you think about modern things, you likely think about metal, computers and modern technology. We all love those things, we’re both on computers right now, but these types of things do not work so well in a kitchen! Granite is the endurable and long lasting material that will give you a modern look for years to come.

In addition to how it will look modern when installed, think about how it will look great for years to come – and how something modern can not look worn out and old. It is nearly impossible to scratch and chip granite, they use diamonds to polish it afterall, so you can be sure that your kitchen will look modern long after it is built.

Color choices in a modern kitchen using granite

Modern kitchens are all about simplicity. Having a wide variety of colors clashes with the entire design ethics of modern kitchens. Fortunately for you, there are many different types of colours available when it comes to granite kitchen countertops.

The most frequently used color for a granite countertop in a kitchen is classic black. If this is what you’re thinking then you’re in luck, no other stone does black like granite. You can choose something like our Absolute Black, which is almost completely pitch black, to something that is a bit more decorative, like our Volga Blue.

If you’re looking for something a little different for your granite countertop, you can be sure that granite is the stone you want. We offer off-whites, yellows and even a lovely red granite countertop that we call Red Dragon.

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The finish of a granite countertop in a modern kitchen

There are few choices when it comes to a truly modern kitchen countertop in granite – you need a high polish that shines as bright as your chrome or stainless steel. Luckily for you, granite is one of the best to have a finish on it like this as it retains its smooth look for years due to how hard it is.

To start designing your modern kitchen, including choosing the granite countertop, take a look at the granite that we have on offer. If you need to get your design ideas in high gear, browse around our kitchen gallery for design ideas. Many others in the Nashville area have come to us before, we’ll be sure to help out everyone in the area who needs our help!

Modern Granite Bathroom

Choose the best granite for a modern bathroom.

Sleek, stylish and sexy modern bathrooms are all the rage right now in Nashville, and all over Tennesse. A true modern bathroom is not complete without a granite countertop – everything else is just an imitation of a modern bathroom. Read on to find out more about granite countertops in a modern granite bathroom.

First, why use granite in a modern bathroom?

When people think of modern they think of metal, technology and computers. Those things are all well and good – until sitting water is involved. Granite countertops are a long lasting choice as they can resist sitting water and still look great. Using cheap laminates is a mistake as not only does it defeat your goal of having a modern bathroom, but it will need to be replaced and repaired years before a granite countertop. The longevity of granite plays into the whole ‘modern’ concept. How modern looking will a bathroom be if the materials used chip and look old quickly? Granite countertops resist this wear and tear so that it continues to look modern, even when it is old.

Color choices for granite countertops.

When it comes to color choice in a modern bathroom, you want something that perfectly matches the other materials. Simplicity is absolutely essential, having a bunch of contrasting colors isn’t modern. Most people opt to have all white or all black, with shades of brown being another popular choice. No other material does black like granite. You can choose absolutely the darkest and purest blacks, to something with a bit of grain and flecks of other colors in it. Light to dark browns can be found all over the granite countertop options at our location in Nashville. Each will offer different levels of graining and color flecks. If your modern bathroom is going to have an overall brown color scheme, granite is a great choice. White is a color that granite doesn’t do that great. You’ll be better off looking at our marble options if you want something solid white. You can find some lighter shades of grey that can work quite well, but don’t expect the white you’d get from marble. Bathroom-1

Grain choices with granite countertops.

The key to many modern bathrooms is simplicity of presentation. Granite countertops can be found in many grains that are absolutely starck. From a solid black that shows little to no other color, to those with slight flecks of white, dark brown and dark grey, to some with graining going throughout it. Our location in Nashville has a wide variety of different graining for your granite countertops, have a look around at the 60+ options we typically have! The finish of a proper granite countertop in a modern bathroom There are few materials that can meet the finish of a granite countertop. A perfectly polished piece of granite will be as sleek and sexy as any other material you can use. Be sure that your granite countertop has been polished to a perfect sheen, and stay away from rougher finishes such as vintage and natural cleft. To get started on your modern bathroom, look no further than us right here in Nashville. We will either already have the granite countertop you need, or will be able to help you find it. See our current selection of granite so that you can start planning the rest of your bathroom around it!

Kitchen Remodel

Remodel kitchen with granite countertops

If your next kitchen remodel is one which you want to last for many years to come, using granite for your kitchen countertops is a must. Settling for laminate and plywood is settling for the notion that you will either have to remodel again, or that you’re prepared for a lower resale value. With the Nashville home sale market as competitive as it is, why risk it with inferior materials?

The advantages of choosing granite for your kitchen countertops

People don’t use granite for their kitchen countertops during a remodel just because they look amazing. There are many very real benefits:

Granite countertops are resistant to wear – put any hot pan on it you want without worry of it melting
Granite is incredibly strong and resistant to chipping, scratching and breaking – they use diamonds to polish it properly
It is stain resistant to grease and other staining materials, especially when properly sealed
It is easy to clean and maintain granite countertops over the years

All of that from a stone that is found naturally on earth, all that has to be done is that the granite needs to be cut into the right shape – no chemicals or harmful process needed!

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The incredible color choices with granite countertops

One of the reasons people turn to granite countertops so readily is because of how many color choices there are. Why settle for a stone that doesn’t match your design ideas when granite comes in nearly any type of color you can think of?

Click here to check out our own range of granite countertops. I’ll count it up for you – we offer over 60 different colors at this time. If you can’t find a color that works with your kitchen, you’re looking for a color that likely doesn’t exist in stone!

The resale value of a granite countertop in your kitchen

When it comes to reselling your home, you want to show people value added materials. If you show them a laminate countertop that they’re going to have to replace in 5 – 10 years time, this will not help you at all.

A granite countertop is known to be a long lasting option. Potential home buyers know that when they see this in their potential new kitchen that they will not ever have to worry about replacing the countertop. This type of value is very real to see as people know that the kitchen is an often used area – it isn’t like a hidden away new water heater that people won’t spend too much time looking at or thinking about.

Take a look at our own kitchen gallery if you’d like to get some ideas started on what is possible with granite countertops, and to inspire your own designs. Our location in Nashville, Tennessee is always ready to help you out, contact us with your questions.

Remodel Your Kitchen to Increase Home Value

Ideas for updating kitchen countertops to increase home value

kitchen-5Remodeling a kitchen to increase the value of your home is an excellent idea, more and more Nashville home owners are doing this before selling their home. There is no room that people spend more time in when they’re awake than the kitchen. Cooking, cleaning, occasionally eating and always going back to the fridge for a drink of water or another beverage – a great looking kitchen adds value to the home of anyone who does a great remodel or update.

One of the focal points should be the kitchen countertop. It is where you prepare your food, gather for a family baking night, acts as an occasional bar so that you can set down a glass of wine, and it take the most abuse out of everything in your kitchen.

What material will most greatly increase the value of your kitchen countertop?

To put it simply: the answer is stone. There is no laminate, resin or other material that increases the value of a kitchen remodel like stone. The most popular choices for a kitchen are:

  • Granite countertops
  • Marble countertops
  • Quartz countertops
  • Soapstone countertops
  • Limestone countertops

Why do stone kitchen countertops increase the value so greatly?

This is for two very important reasons. First, stone just looks great when used for a kitchen countertop. Nearly every laminate out there is trying to replicate the look of stone, but it can’t! Connected to the look is the feel. Rest your hand on a perfectly polished and sealed stone, of any variety, and it just feels like something solid, like something real – laminate and resin can not replicate the feel or look of stone on your kitchen countertop.

The second reason that you want stone for your kitchen countertops is that it will last for years. Adding value is all about adding beauty and longevity. Who wants to buy a home that looks ugly and will need to be remodeled once it is bought? A harder option, like a granite countertop, is nearly impossible to break, scratch, or chip – you need a diamond to polish it!

To start getting ideas about what is possible with stone for kitchen countertops, and to see the value of them for yourself, check out our kitchen gallery. We’ve helped homeowners from all over the Nashville area do a kitchen upgrade or remodel that they can afford, and that adds incredible value to their home. What are you waiting for? Remodel your kitchen to increase home value today.

Granite in the Bathroom

Different ways to use granite in bathrooms

You should know that choosing granite in the bathroom is a great idea. You can use granite for your bathroom countertop thanks to how well it handles heat and water, and resists microorganisms. But what can you really do with it? Where can you put it? Read on for our tips on the three best ways to use granite in your bathroom.

Solid granite slabs for the shower

There are few things that can match a natural setting for a shower. You may not be able to take a walk outside to the local waterfall, especially if you live in Nashville, but you can create a natural setting with a large granite slab in your shower.

Select a granite slab that has a grain that moves down and you’ll have that ‘in a waterfall’ feeling every time you take a shower.

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Granite slabs for your bathroom countertop

A granite countertop in the bathroom is a great idea as it is strong and resistant to breaking, chips and scratches. Not only is it as strong as something that comes from volcanic activity, but it also comes in a wide variety of colors. You’ll be sure to find a granite countertop that perfectly matches your bathroom design plans. Take a look at what we have on offer in Nashville right now to find real inspiration.

The strength of a granite countertop has some great benefits associated with it. Since granite will last for years longer than your home, it will greatly increase your resale value.

Granite tiles for your entire bathroom

If you want the feel of granite everywhere you step inside your bathroom, choosing granite tiles is your best option. The wide variety of colors available makes sure that you find a color that matches your vision. You can create all manner of patterns and borders all over your home – all with the strength and natural beauty create by unique cuts of granite.

For some first class examples of the bathroom that you can build right here in Nashville, check out our bathroom gallery. Many of them use granite throughout, with some extraordinary granite countertops showcased. You’ll be sure to find some visual inspiration as you build on what you learned in this article.

Granite Countertops for Your Kitchen Island

Selecting the right granite countertop shape and style for kitchen islands

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Making sure that you choose the right shape granite countertops for your kitchen island is crucial. This relates to how you will move around the kitchen itself, how you will use the space and what size of granite countertop you will need to order.

Getting this wrong can result in you having an awkward kitchen that is difficult to cook in – and who wants that when you’ve got a big Tennessee BBQ to prepare?

Where to place your kitchen island

The first consideration should be placement. No matter what size or shape you choose, you’re going to need to get around the kitchen island efficiently. An ideal aisle size, created by the distance between the kitchen countertops and the island, for a single cook, is 42 inches. If two cooks are in your family you’ll be better off with 48 inches. This extra six inches is to keep butts from bumping as you move between your island and kitchen countertops.

Choosing the right size for your kitchen countertop island

Finding a size that works for your kitchen is tough. You must consider proportion as a large kitchen countertop island becomes an obstacle, rather than a help. A small kitchen countertop island becomes useless in a hurry. The common rule of thumb is to make sure that it is the same width as the counter, and that it maintains the 42 or 48 inch aisle all the way around the other kitchen countertops.

Shape of the kitchen countertop island itself

Most people will opt for a standard four sided square or rectangle shape. This is all that is possible in most closed off kitchens. If your kitchen has a more open plan, you can start bringing in angles to help close off the kitchen space, while still having the open feel provided by not having walls.

Think about how L, V, Y and U shapes can fit in your open plan home. These interesting shapes may be more costly to build, and will make for some interesting granite top cuts, but they give the benefit of added shelves, drawers, towel racks and – most importantly – wine racks.

Once you have started to finalise the size of your kitchen island, start taking a look at the granite countertops that we have on offer at our Nashville location. You’ll be sure to find one that will fit your vision – in size, shape and color – as we typically have over 60 choices on offer!

Granite Bathroom Showers

Ideas for using granite in bathroom showers

When you want to remodel your bathroom, or if you’re designing a whole new one from scratch, choosing granite countertops, and other granite uses, are excellent choices. This long lasting material was forged in the depths of volcanic activity – it can handle the hottest shower you’ll have this chilly winter in Nashville!

I can personally speak to the beauty and function of a granite shower. My entire bathroom is granite tile with marble highlights. The warmth that you feel in a shower made of natural materials, rather than cheap plastic or flimsy glass, is one that can not be beat.

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Granite slabs as part of your shower

The granite that will have the most impact in a bathroom is a solid slab. Being able to walk into your bathroom every day and see the grains flowing through the slab, well, who can’t help but compare it to the flow of the water about to envelop your body?

For a look that flows with your shower, choose a granite slab that with grain that moves from the top to the bottom, rather than side to side. You’ll feel like you’re in your own personal waterfall with all of the downward movement around you.

For a bathroom shower that looks like it truly belongs in your home, choose a granite slab that has a similarly colored and patterned piece that you can use for your bathroom countertop.

Granite tiles as a cheaper alternative in your bathroom

Ok, to be reasonable, a solid granite slab is out of the range of a large segment of people in Nashville, and the surrounding Tennessee area. This is not the case for granite tiles. These are still unique and completely decorative aseach one is cut from an actual stone. They’re easier to ship and install, and that does a lot to cut down the cost.

When you start looking around at granite tiles, keep in mind that you will have to grout each one. Choose one which is at least 12 x 12 inches in size. This will cut down on the amount of grouting and installation you have to do.

The great thing about choosing granite tiles is that you can choose a variety of them and create unique patterns. Why not have a contrasting border along the top or middle of your entire bathroom? This can move the eye around the room.

To start thinking about the actual granite that you can have in your home in Nashville, browse our granite selection. You’ll see a wide variety of colors, grains and sizes for all granite bathroom showers.