The only two granite choices for your kitchen that are not dated

Before I get to the two granite choices that won’t date your kitchen I want to thank everyone for all the supportive comments that were left on last weeks blog regarding our mission to downsize. It has been more work and more stress than I could have imagined but we are slowly inching our way to getting our house purged of stuff and ready to put on the market. I’ll be sure to update within the next couple of weeks.

Those of us in the design world have seen dark granite falling out of favor for the past several years. I would even go so far as to say most granite counter tops are now perceived as dated. In my part of the country (New England) many homeowners have grown tired of being bossed around by the busy, dark, speckled stone and are incurring the expense of ripping it out and replacing it.

dark speckled granites

dark speckled granites

So what’s trending now? When I attended KBIS (kitchen and bath industry show) a couple weeks ago it is clear that quartz is the new top choice for counter tops. Quartz is an engineered stone that is a composite of natural quartz and a man made resin.The advantage of quartz is that it can mimic natural stone such as marble or soapstone but doesn’t have the same issues with staining and maintenance as those softer stones. Quartz wears like iron and never needs to be sealed. It’s also quieter than granite and the chosen pattern is consistent throughout the slab.

Quartz counter tops

Popular Quartz counter tops

Vendors I spoke with at KBIS told me their most popular sellers today are white, cream, soft gray and charcoal colored quartz.

Silestone suede finish

Silestone suede finish

Silestone introduced a new finish at KBIS called Suede which was so soft and luxurious. Much more natural feeling than the high gloss and shiny granite counter tops of the past.

There is one big drawback to quartz and that is the price. It is a luxury product and although I have several clients desire it, they had to change plans once they received a price quote. Unfortunately, quartz can be double or even triple the price of granite. So what should you choose if you want stone but your budget only allows for granite? There are only two choices I recommend and that is white or black/charcoal granites.

White and black granite is as timeless as you will find and unlike the bossy speckled granite, you won’t be limited in picking a wall color that works with your pink, peach, gold or brown granite. Just as with quartz, you can also choose a leather or honed finish for a softer look and feel.

black and white granite

Arctic white and absolute black granite

Jet mist is a dark charcoal colored granite that I think is a beautiful choice. In fact, it looks very similar to the Silestone quartz that I showed above.

Jet Mist honed granite

Jet Mist honed granite

Different vendors have their own names for their white and black granites but these are the only colors I recommend if you are choosing granite.

So, whether you are┬árenovating or building new, take my advise and steer clear of the speckled dark granite. I guarantee you will tire of it and if you decide to sell, buyers don’t want it.


12 Responses to The only two granite choices for your kitchen that are not dated
  1. Beth Reply

    I do agree that brown granite does look tired and dated when we have so many more options today. I, however, did go with a Honed jet mist granite which is a charcoal grey with a few white veins, very much like soapstone. It looks great, not as harsh as solid black absolute, and very durable. I have ivory shaker cabinets, and many of the quartz options were a little too high gloss, too imitation marble, for my taste. My house is 110 years old and sometimes the very modern dosen’t look right in a old house. If I had a new build or an apartment, however, I would most likely go with quartz.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Beth, I would put Jet mist in the timeless choice as it is a dark neutral that won’t dictate you color decisions. I think it’s a great choice.

  2. Darla Powell Reply

    Yes! I love the quartz.

  3. Paula Gaull Reply

    Great post and very timely! Just curious…what’s your take on Jet Mist honed granite? Looks like soapstone-but more durable. My sense is that it also has that timeless look of quartz, soapstone or marble.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Absolutely agree Paula. Jet Mist falls in the black granite category and will not look dated in a few years.

  4. lisa bolin Reply

    What a fascinating and well written article! You always have the best posts and photos! Thanks, Linda, for keeping us all informed!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Lisa!

  5. Keira Reply

    Great post!

  6. Susan Reply

    So glad you wrote about this topic! We are in the middle of choosing granite for our new home. We are looking at blue white ice which is similar to the arctic white. We are trying to decide between marble and coarse carrera quartz for the baths. How do you feel about marble? Thanks for such great info! Susan

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Marble is beautiful and timeless and a great choice for the bath. It’s beautiful as well for the kitchen as long as you are okay with the fact that it is a softer and porous stone that is easily stained. One of the reasons why Quartz is so popular is because there are ones that look exactly like marble yet are maintenance free.

  7. Kristie Barnett Reply

    Hi Linda!

    Here’s the problem: those prettier granites you mention are quite a bit more expensive than the Tier One options that are affordable. I can get gorgeous quartz for less than Absolute Black granite in Nashville. The only place I use granite is in bathrooms where we can get discounted remnants of the nicer white/black options.

  8. Carla Aston Reply

    I agree. A black honed granite is an inexpensive and totally wonderful way to get a look that will be timeless and appropriate for years to come. I did a post about the same subject awhile back…..spotty granite! Yuck!

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