Choosing granite colors can be one of the hardest decisions in any kitchen remodel. This is especially true when you have existing elements that need to be considered in the choice. And how to choose granite colors with existing appliances is one question I get asked often. So here is a summary of what I tell people based on the colors of existing appliances they already have.
If you have white appliances: I’d stay away from white or creamed colored granite colors. Only because it’s a lot like wearing all white or all black. If the tones aren’t the same, it stands out as not matching, usually resulting in one of them looking dirty or yellowed. And considering you just spent a lot of money on new countertops, you don’t want that to be the first reaction anyone has to your kitchen! Instead I’d look for a mid-tone color. Something not too light, but not too dark either. Consider a giallo veneziano granite, yellow river granite or any other color with a similar value and you’ll have a nice contrast without being so stark and obvious.
If you have black appliances: Be mindful of the space of your kitchen before you choose a granite. If your kitchen is small adding a dark granite countertop could make the room appear even smaller. If you lack enough lighting, having dark countertops would make the room feel more like a cave. Darker colors however, are more dramatic. So you need to be aware of how they affect the room especially when you’ve already got black appliances. If your kitchen is larger and open, consider going with “uba tuba”, black galaxy or even a blue pearl granite colors. These granite types are all pretty dark but have another color other than just black in the mix. This would play off the appliances nicely, without it looking as though it was all the same color. If your kitchen is lacking in size or lighting, stick to the mid range or lighter colors if possible. Personally, I’m not a fan of white or cream-colored granites with black appliances but some of the pearl granite color that are grey or have a lot of dark splotches could work.
If you have stainless steel appliances: You can pretty much go with any color granite you want depending on the size of your kitchen. Stainless steel appliances are quite neutral and you’ve pretty much got your pick of the litter. In fact, the only color I could think of off the top of my head that may not look good next to stainless are some very grey pearl granite types, which would just look “blah” next to the stainless. These granite types would look better with black appliances. Stainless steel appliances are the only color I’d put with a white or cream-colored granite. They also look great with darker colors because the stainless steel helps bounce the light around the room instead of absorbing it.
No matter what color appliances you have, choosing granite colors doesn’t have to be a stressful occasion. Just remember the basics I’ve outlined above as well be mindful of the size of your kitchen, remembering that darker colors in a small space will make the room look smaller. And you’re good to go! Your new granite countertops are going to make your kitchen look 100 times better than your old ones!