How to Choose the Right Granite Countertop Color

PMG kitchen with Calacatta
Calacatta Gold Countertops from Prestige Marble & Granite

The availability of numerous granite colors in the current American market can make choosing a granite countertop color  difficult, even overwhelming. Because any natural stone, including granite, is an investment and ultimately a long-lasting decision, it’s important to get it right the first time. While selecting a granite color for a countertop is is a personal thing, you’ll want to coordinate your granite with the cabinets, floor color, and other aspects of your kitchen to achieve your desired result. Here are some guidance and great tips to help you select the right granite for your countertops.

Cabinet Color

We always encourage our customers to bring a cabinet sample when they visit our show room to select their granite. Even if that means temporarily removing a door, it’s well worth it. The ideal cabinet and granite coordination is a granite that contrasts with the cabinets, but with the natural speckles or veins having hues of the cabinet color. If you have two-tone cabinetry, selecting a suitable granite that goes well with the two different colors can pose a challenge. The basic principle is to select a granite that has hues of the both colors.

Other Kitchen Colors 

Making a good selection for countertops requires an eye for detail.  In addition to cabinet samples, you will want to bring samples of wall paint, flooring and kitchen appliances to the showroom. (If samples aren’t available, take pictures in good, natural lighting.) Place your  samples on or around the granite to get a good idea of what different  color combinations look like.

Kitchen Lighting

Don’t forget the kitchen’s lighting when choosing granite colors! If your kitchen has little or no natural light, select granite that has a significant amount of white or gold, or lots of light-reflecting crystals. Dark colors like deep blue and black look best in areas that receive substantial light. Think about using layers of lighting and including Track and pendant lighting, as well as under-cabinet lighting to enhance the beauty of the stone. To learn more about kitchen lighting to best show off your countertops, click here. 

Kitchen Size

Be sure to consider the size of your kitchen when choosing granite colors. In general, smaller kitchens will look larger with lighter colored countertops. But dark-colored granite with lots of lighter colored veins can offer a stunningly beautiful result in small kitchens, too. This where you have to really pay attention to your lighting.

Can’t Decide?

At the end of the day, if you’re torn between two granite colors, consider using both!  Selecting a lighter color for an island and a darker tone for the surrounding cabinets creates a beautiful contrast. Your kitchen will pop even more with contrasting granite colors that perfectly compliment cabinetry that’s also in two different colors.

 

 

 

Colorful Kitchens

You know your kitchen doesn’t have to be all white, right?  While there is no denying white is still one of the most popular kitchen colors, a new color scheme can change your kitchen in a major way. Finessing the right hues can turn the room from drab to sophisticated, add pizzaz to a classic, bring a little drama to a laid-back space, or ground a large room with a robust foundation color  Steal some decorating inspiration with these colorful kitchen design ideas.

Kitchens

The deep glossy blue on the lower cabinets adds unexpected polish and pop, while still feeling classy and classic.

Williams

An earthy red is always appetizing. This orangey-red backsplash provides a dramatic focus in the kitchen.

 

Hart

Aqua tones are perfect for those wanting (and perhaps even needing) the relaxing, transporting blue-green of tropical seas.

 

Bryant Residence
This green is wonderfully retro but surprisingly fresh.
Farmsworth Residence
Pops of white prevent the dark espresso colored cabinetry from overpowering the kitchen.
Surrey House IV
Blue up your grays for a look that’s subtly elegant, yet soothing and inviting.
Kitchen Renovations
Deep gray is very grounding in this spacious traditional kitchen.
Vallejo Street Highrise
Black on black is dramatic and sophisticated.
Kitchen
Navy and white is nautical, crisp, and timeless.
We hope you have enjoyed this look at colorful kitchens. For more kitchen design inspiration of the colorful kind, head over to our Pinterest board.
You can count on Prestige Marble & Granite when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops that will integrate with the latest in design and color trends. Stop by our showroom and speak with our knowledgable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!

A Look at Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year in Interior Design

This year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, is a cheerful yellow-green that’s a bright and refreshing change from last year’s soft pastel duo, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Greenery was already showing up on the runways last spring, and by the time it was announced as the 2017 Color of the Year in December, brands like KitchenAid, Keurig, and Mercedes were already promoting their latest offerings in the vibrant new hue. While it’s still early in the new year, decorators across the land have embraced the color, and it’s showing up everywhere in interiors, from accents to backdrops and focal points. Here’s a look at how designers are incorporating Greenery into their projects.

Los Gatos Townhouse
The back-to-nature hue brings zest to this modern kitchen, while still managing to work with warm wood tones.
Annalisa at Mediterra
This white and airy bedroom gets an interesting pop of color with Greenery as an accent wall.
Study
A basic white office comes to life with pops of Greenery from the bay window bench, curtains, bookshelves, and area rug that contrast with a big blue armchair for a cheerful,  yet restful effect.
Portfolio
Just one piece of Greenery used a s a focal point makes a bold statement in this black and white dining room.
Kitchen
A heavy dose of Greenery in this small kitchen is balanced by lots of contrasting white marble and frosted glass doors on the upper cabinets.
My Houzz: An Antique Cape Cod House Explodes With Color
Proof of Greenery’s versatility – a country home office is right at home in this vibrant hue.
Cortland
Greenery is a perfect backdrop for the modern white furnishings in this contemporary dining room.
Inverness Circle
Greenery makes an elegant, yet light-hearted and cheerful statement in this formal living room.
To see more inspiring decorating ideas using Greenery, check out our Pinterest board!
You can count on Prestige Marble & Granite when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops that will integrate with the latest in design and color trends. Stop by our showroom and speak with our knowledgable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!

Hue News: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery!

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Color forecasters at the Pantone Color Institute have declared “Greenery” as next year’s color of the year. Pantone explains that the vibrant yellow-green hue  is symbolic of new beginnings:

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Pantone, owned by Washington, D.C.-based Danaher Corp., has a system that helps manufacturers define color precisely. The Pantone Color Institute provides color trend forecasting, brand color development supported by brand color stories, and product palette development.

Every year, Pantone’s team around the world spends a good chunk of the year studying trends in fashion, consumer products, social media and technology. It looks for influences that best describe the current mood of society and picks a color to reflect those elements. Pantone tips off some marketing partners in advance, so consumers will soon see a variety of products, such as Sephora cosmetics, KitchenAid stand mixers, Keurig coffee makers, and even cars, in the new hue.

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Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. Pantone also created a selection of ten palettes pairing Greenery with neutrals, pastels, brights, deeper tones, metallics, and even the two 2016 colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product, and interior design applications.

Pantone color palettes for 2017

Pantone color palettes for 2017

Do you plan to incorporate Greenery into your interiors? Here are some examples for inspiration.

Traditional Bedroom
Annalisa at Mediterra
Los Gatos Townhouse
Art&deco
You can count on Prestige Marble & Granite when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops that will integrate with the latest in design and color trends. Stop by our showroom and speak with our knowledgable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!

Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year is a Master of Ambiance

Benjamin Moore 2017 Color of the Year Shadow

Substantially more dramatic than last year’s Simply White, Benjamin Moore’s just-announced 2017 Color of the year is a rich, deep royal amethyst that’s “allusive and enigmatic.”  Shadow is a “master of ambiance,” according to Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director.

It is a color that calls to mind a ‘past’, yet it can also make a contemporary, color-confident statement.

 

The dark and moody hue is part of a bolder “Color Trends” palette that Benjamin Moore says reflects consumers’ newfound level of confidence in using deeper, saturated colors.

Benjamin Moore 2017 Color Trends Palette
Benjamin’s Moore Color Trends 2017 palette features 23 rich and sophisticated hues ranging from muted pales to saturated deeps

Shadow is sophisticated and seductive, a versatile hue that can be many things, according to O’Neill in an Architectural Digest Q&A:

It is a little bit rock and roll. It’s the color of the galaxy but also the color of a beautiful fig. It’s passion, it’s bravery, but it’s also silence. It can be electrified or softened.

 

Are you ready to incorporate this smoky purple in your interiors?

Wherever your color choices take you, Prestige Marble & Granite has the natural stone countertops to complement and enhance your design. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Purple Reign: Two Royal Colors of the Year for 2017

Byzantine Blue & Silverado

It appears that purple is the “it” color for 2017,  with two different shades of the regal hue named separately by PPG sister paint companies Glidden and Pittsburgh Paints.

Byzantine Blue

Glidden named “Byzantine Blue,” a serene gray violet, as its 2017 Color of the year. According to Misty Yeomans, color marketing manager for parent company PPG

The name may say blue, but Byzantine Blue is truly a purple in disguise…It stretches the boundaries of purple to borrow all the best qualities of blue and gray, making it an appealing color choice for nearly any room…Byzantine Blue is a perfect shade for all ages. It is also gender-neutral, making it easy to use throughout your home.

This purple works particularly well with earthy colors that promote a sense of tranquility and wellness, from brown-toned neutrals to charcoal and blues and greens infused with gray.

Silverado

Pittsburgh Paints chose to go with Silverado, after studying consumers’ growing fascination with space, spirituality, technology and time. Silverado perfectly mimics the deep, mysterious yet organic tones of outer space which it describes as “a deep, mystic purple that pairs perfectly with trending gray tones.”

Subtle neutral-gray tones within this muted purple give it versatility, making it a  good choice for a variety of spaces, from children’s rooms to dining rooms or even front doors. When paired with neutral finishes and earth tones Silverado promotes wellness and takes on a holistic feel, another sign of its versatility.

Wherever your color choices take you, Prestige Marble & Granite has the natural stone countertops to complement and enhance your design. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

“Poised Taupe” is Sherwin Williams’ 2017 Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams' Color of the Year: Poised Taupe

The color Sherwin Williams anticipates defining 2017 is Poised Taupe, and here’s why: “This timeless neutral is modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.”

Cool gray has been the reigning neutral in the design world the past few years, and it remains strong, but is now beginning to feel a little too cold and industrial for some. Poised Taupe has what people love about cool gray, but it also brings in the warmth of brown.

“It’s like gray and brown had a baby, and it became taupe.”

That’s how Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, described the color on the Today Show. That’s a good description because taupe is not hot or cold, gray or brown, dark or light. It lives somewhere in the lukewarm middle between brown and gray.

According to Sherwin Williams:

“Poised Taupe creates a cozy lifestyle and brings a sense of sanctuary into our homes. It diffuses the stresses of the world outside our doors — so much so that we feel restored and in balance when we walk across our threshold.”

This feeling of coziness is what the Danes call hygge (pronounced hue-gah), a feeling that comes from creating the right atmosphere. Poised Taupe is just the color to conjure up hygge, according to Sherwin Williams.

Are you ready for some hygge in your home? Get inspired with this look at some beautiful spaces that utilize Poised Taupe:

There’s no doubt this cozy bedroom in Poised Taupe exudes welcoming warmth.

2010 Southern Living Showcase Home
Poised Taupe is a great choice for this monochromatic kitchen. And its a fabulous complement to the natural stone countertops!
Thermador
This dining room is sleek and modern, but the Poised Taupe on the ceiling adds warmth that might otherwise be lacking.
Tanglewood Residence
This contemporary living room shows that poised Taupe is definitely versatile, pairing well with the blue and yellow accents.
The Carlyle
When it comes to your countertops, Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!