Popular Natural Stone Countertop Colors

Natural Stone: Design Ideas

What’s your color style? These six popular natural stone countertop color options will help you achieve the look you want, whether you’re good to go with granite, mad about marble, or flying blind. 

Subtly Patterned White Countertops

Softly veined or lightly flecked white natural stone countertops are one of the most popular choices in both kitchen and bath designs. This snowy shade provides a bright, clean feel, working well in many applications, from traditional to contemporary. Whether you prefer the subtle richness of natural marble or easy-care engineered quartz, you’re sure to find a slab that speaks to you. 

Stark White Countertops

Stark white is a favorite in contemporary, modern spaces. Unlike other color options, however, stark white is only available in engineered quartz. Engineered quartz resists stains well with minimal care. 

  • Best uses for stark white countertops:
    • Small, compact spaces you want to appear larger. (Note: Looks best when paired with minimalist cabinets.)
    • For use with blue-painted cabinetry.
    • Spaces with boldly-patterned, grainy/knotty cabinetry, for a visual break. 
    • With yellow-orange wood-tones to prevent a retro feel. 

Dark or Black Countertops

Depending on use, dark countertops can fit in quite well, or imbue a gothic feel. If you’re designing a rich space with dark floors, dark cabinetry, and dark accessories, a dark countertop will blend beautifully. Additional light sources are crucial to avoiding a cavernous feel, however. 

  • Best uses for dark countertops:
    • Dark-on-dark kitchen designs.
    • Classic black-and-white kitchens.
    • Enhancing colorful, fun cabinetry.
    • To bring out the colors in lighter-toned cabinetry, such as pale blue.
    • As a connection for other black elements in the space. 

Gray Countertops

A neutral color option, gray countertops are extremely popular this year. And it’s no surprise, as this color works harmoniously in a variety of situations. It’s neither too dark nor too light, pairing well with light, dark, brightly colored, and mixed cabinetry. It hides dirt or the occasional crumbs well as well.

  • Best uses for dark countertops:
    • Contemporary spaces as an alternative to concrete.
    • To achieve a soft, friendly feel.
    • To soften black-and-white color schemes, or tie light and dark cabinets together.
    • To top-off colorful cabinetry.
    • To brilliantly highlight warm metallic accents.

Boldly Veined

Dramatically veined countertops are best used as the centerpiece of kitchen or bath design, without any other statement colors or features.  This helps prevent an overwhelming feel. 

  • Best uses for boldly veined countertops:
    • Statement countertops.
    • Large kitchens.
    • To offset the gothic feel of dark cabinets.
    • Waterfall kitchen islands.

Find your color style. Shop the wide selection of natural stone options in today’s most popular colors at your area Granite Imports today.

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