White Granite Countertops vs Black Granite Countertops: How to Pick a Style
When it’s time for a kitchen remodel, selecting a kitchen countertop style is a big decision. The right kitchen counter shade can add tremendous visual appeal to your entire kitchen: highlighting major appliances, enhancing cabinet color, and tying appliances into the aesthetic.
Most customers often wonder: should I get white granite countertops or black granite countertops?
No matter your vision, your kitchen, and your budget, the professionals at Lifestyle Floors are here to help you make the decision that works best for your needs.
Here are our pro tips on how to choose one over the other.
Four Benefits of White Granite Countertops
1. Opens up the kitchen and makes objects seem larger.
Visually white spaces appear more expansive: the optics of whites give a fuller frame of reference to objects placed on or around them.
If you are seeking to make a space seem larger, installation of white granite countertops can visually maximize sightlines, specifically in the periphery and above the space. Most people want to make their home appear more spacious, so white granite countertops are usually the most installed and are found in virtually all kitchen and home styles.
2. Helps brighten a space.
In addition to making spaces feel larger, white granite countertops can help brighten a space. If you sense there’s not enough natural light, installing white granite will refract more light in the space, making it feel more bright or open than a space with black granite countertops.
3. Works best with brass and nickel fixture handles.
When it comes to choosing between white or black granite countertops, most people forget to think about fixtures and handles.
White granite countertops have accentuated countless varieties of fixtures and handles in kitchens. Owners who love the polished brass or gold plated finish look find that white granite brings added visual presentation to the fixtures and helps frame key appliances or kitchen features.
4. Shows your spills to help you clean more effectively.
White granite countertops have long been preferred by those owners who want to keep their kitchen and meal prepping spaces spotlessly clean.
Dirt and dust stick out like a sore thumb on white granite countertops. As a homeowner, this helps you identify any areas you missed and catch it before company comes over. Also, cleaning and polishing white granite countertops reveals a luster and shine that surpasses other types of countertops.
Four Benefits of Black Granite Countertops
1. Best for a classic, transitional, or modern kitchen.
Black granite countertops have long been associated with modern luxury. The combination of dark granite with polished fixtures and handles adds an element of class to the home kitchen.
Black countertops are often paired with white cabinetry or meshed with a modern industrial styling that can add significant long term value to the home.
2. Compliments a bulk of new appliances.
Appliances have changed greatly in their styling over the last 20 years. As plastic refrigerators have given way to stainless steel and chrome finishes, other appliances have changed their makeup as well.
New home appliances come routinely in steel finishes, dark plastic, and matte slate finishes. These trends toward darker colors mesh well with dark granite countertops and provide a seamless look to your kitchen profile.
3. Shows less dirt and grime.
Constant use of the counterspace will result in dust, dirt, and food debris buildup. What could present as a continued nuisance on a white granite countertop is now minimized on a dark surface.
While cleaning routines are still regular, the appearance of cleanliness on a dark granite countertop will last far longer and keep you from feeling the constant need to clean the visual blemishes more pronounced on white granite countertops. When friends come to call, you can breathe easy instead of worrying about every possible spill or scratch.
4. Often more affordable than white granite.
In general, you will typically find that black or dark granite slabs are less expensive than white granite slabs. Pricing normally depends on the granite slab thickness, its composition, and color choices. On average, the black and gray styles run cheaper because of their ubiquity.
Coming mostly from mines in Asia and the Nordic regions, black granite can be mined and cut to custom whereas the white granites are becoming more scarce after decades of use.
Should You Choose White Granite Countertops or Black Granite Countertops?
If you are set on a particular stone, the team at Lifestyle Flooring will work with your vision to help achieve your dream kitchen.
Or, if you aren’t sure which option would be best for your kitchen, come by the showroom and let the professionals at Lifestyle Floors walk you though some of the options. We can evaluate your existing kitchen setup along with your budget then recommend whether white or black granite countertops would be best for your space.
Get in touch by giving us a call or stopping by our showroom in Colorado Springs.