October 4


How to Choose the Right Colour for Your Granite Countertop

By Brian McMonagle


When looking for a granite countertop whether for a remodelling or for a new home, choosing the right granite countertop colours is very important; and we cannot simply stress that enough. 

You don’t have to worry, however; this article will provide you some expert tips in colour selection for your granite countertop.

Choose White Colour for Darker Spaces

If your space is somewhat dark and has little to no natural light, it is better to choose a lighter colour or a speckled granite countertop colours. However, we recommend white for a number of reasons. White countertops are very versatile and work well in kitchens with new appliances as it will give a more contemporary and polished look. For a more awe-inspiring look, you can pair the white granite with vintage appliances. 

Be careful in choosing the shade of white, though; some kitchen will look washed out because they chose the wrong shade of white. Ask a home expert or an interior designer if you’re not sure which shade of white to choose.

Choose Darker Colours for Lighter Spaces

On our first tip we discussed that light or white colour is suitable for darker spaces; this time we will discuss the total opposite. When your space is already painted with lighter hues and there’s a lot of natural light available, choose a darker hue for your granite countertop colour (or quartz countertop). Colours like black forest, sable and obsidian (even those with white streaks) are perfect for houses with abundant natural light and you’re a bit OC when it comes to seeing dirt in your kitchen.

We have to point out, however, that lighting is important to consider when choosing countertops with dark colours. Granite of darker hues paired with insufficient lighting makes the space look darker and smaller. 

But Why not Both?

If you’re stressing because you can’t decide between two granite countertop colours, then why not choose both? The key here is to make that perfect contrast so that your kitchen will pop out even more. To do that, you can choose a lighter colour for an island while the surrounding cabinets will have a darker tone.

Choosing a colour from the earth tones palette is the most ideal choice because these colours compliments with a ton of colours. 

Take Samples of Your Kitchen Cabinet and Flooring Materials

At most times, the flooring and cabinet colours should also compliment the granite countertop colours of your choice. If you’re not sure which wood tone or style of flooring you have, you can take a picture (or better yet a physical sample) of these items and bring them when you shop for the granite. If you choose to bring photos, make sure you take lots of photos and it should be shot in natural lighting.

In addition, consider other items like kitchen appliances, furniture and window treatments. An alabaster-hued granite countertop is perfect for stainless steel appliances. 

Whether you want a darker or lighter colour, with some preparation and research you will always get to the perfect hue for your granite kitchen countertop.

Visit McMonagles and have a look from their spectrum of quartz countertop colours and granite countertop colours to choose from.

Contact McMonagle Marble & Granite, Donegal today for more details.

Brian McMonagle

About the author

Brian took over McMonagle Marble & Granite from his father Cathal in 2009. A family run business McMonagles was originally a fireplace distributer. Brian’s innovative steps has now expanded the company to over 20 employees, International markets and into the leading marble and granite fabricator of the North West of Ireland.

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