Even despite the recession, granite has remained the material of choice with new homeowners and home builders alike. In the kitchen especially, granite countertops are here to stay. Many homeowners are choosing to upgrade their homes for a better resale value and granite (and other types of natural stone) is currently the number one choice for countertops, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
So while there’s no competition when it comes to popularity, designers and homeowners are becoming increasingly creative in their choice of color, texture and installation options. Here are some of the latest trends in granite countertops:
Years ago, designers and homeowners chose neutral and safe colors and focused on long-term classic looks that would appeal to practically any potential buyer. But today we are seeing bolder and more dramatic designs that reflect the homeowner’s personal style rather than a generic look. People are experimenting with bold colors, unique textures and vivid patterns to create a personal design that looks like a work of art. Countertops are being chosen and installed with creativity in mind.
Veining and Texture
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When it comes to intricate and dramatic veining, marble is hard to beat. But marble is also porous and prone to staining, which makes it better suited for formal areas in the home that receive less traffic. This hardly describes the kitchen. Homeowners were wanting the one-of-a-kind texture marble provided but without the maintenance. Thankfully, nowadays granite slabs are mimicking the look of marble that homeowners and designers love. There are literally endless options when it comes to movement and texture, so people no longer have to choose between marble’s stunning patterns and granite’s durability – they can have both.
Cool, Soothing Colors
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This year’s color trends evoke a cool, calm and modern palette. Especially in warm climates like Phoenix or Los Angeles, the cool feel and look of granite are priceless. Beautiful grays with hints of gold, copper and pearl creates a clean, open look in the home but adds warmth as well. Grays compliment practically any cabinet color and serve to add a sleek, fresh look especially when contrasted with other colors. White is another popular color, especially when the homeowner wants the area to look bright, open, fresh and spacious. Gold has gained popularity recently for the warmth and elegance it brings to any space.
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Straight lines are only one option. As designers and homeowners choose to be creative in their kitchen design, curved counters and surfaces are becoming more and more popular. Bold, sweeping curves mixed with the vertical lines of cabinets create contrast and provides a focal point in the kitchen. Curved countertops can also make an area feel larger, which is generally desirable in any kitchen.
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There are plenty of choices when it comes to edge detail. Bevels, coves, dupont, bullnose, chiseled, waterfall… this is where creativity shines. Designers are paying close attention to how the edge detail of their client’s countertops can contribute to the overall look and feel of the room.
About the Author
Natalie McCatty is a professional blogger for Primera Interiors, the one-stop-shop for cabinets, hardwood flooring, granite countertops, carpet, and tile in Arizona. Primera specializes in bringing interiors to life across the Southwest. Read more on Primera’s blog or find them on Facebook.