Post # 17
I’m not a fan of the light-colored speckled granites, but that’s just me. In my old townhouse I had similar maple cabinets and similar colored floors as yours. I decided to go with contrast and got a dark brown quartz. I think it was called something like Vila Brown and the manufacturer was DuPont Zodiaq. The dark color really helped add some interest since the cabinets and the floors were both in the same color family. My opinion is that if you go with light colored granite, it is all just going to blend in together and kind of look blah.
Post # 18
I agree! I definitely dont want it to blend in! #2 has a lot of black in it so thats why we were on the edge about that one, basically the same with #1.
Post # 19
Out of the new pics i like the first the best!
Post # 20
Based on your pictures of full kitchens, I like #2 the best (but it is closely followed by #1).
Post # 21
If you want light and airy as you mention in your original post, I would suggest a lighter granite than the ones you have listed so far. A previous poster mentioned Kashmir White, or I really like Bianco Romano, which is very reasonably priced:
Post # 22
I am going to be totally honest. I think most granite looks like vomit.
We just reno’d our kitchen and went with a solid color Caesarstone.
Our walls are light grey, one wall a deep charcoal grey white cabinets and grey Caesarstone.
For your cabinets I would choose white Caesarstone.
Post # 23
I have #3 in my kitchen now along with honey oak cabinets and pale tile floors. Honestly, it’s a bit monotone and boring for me (we’re renting the house, but if it was mine, I’d keep the coutnertops and just stain the cabinets a dark cherry brown color to bring out the cranberry speckles in the granite). I prefer some contrast between the cabinets, flooring, and countertops. Since your floors and cabinets will be a warm honey color, I’d suggest adding interest with a contrasting counter top, either light or dark. My parents’ kitchen is similar to #5 (except their granite is black with champagne/gold flecks) and it looks stunning.
I like #5 best, followed by #2, then #3. Good luck!!
Post # 24
lol I actually agree, I dont get the big deal about Granite! My husband wants it and since I had basically the run of the whole rest of the house, this is what he gets. Only problem is we cant decide!
I would like some contrast as well! Originally we were going with the darker cabinets but then changed our mind, in the back its a really big open floor plan with a few rooms all intertwined so he wnated to keep that area as light as possible.
unfortunately, Im not a huge fan of the white, except for one I saw that was white black and tints of purple but I dont think it fits us.
I really appreciate everyones help! My husband is actually loving the pole and everyones input!
Post # 25
You definitely need some contrast. I know you want light and airy, but you don’t want everything to be washed out and blinding. There are some beautiful darker granites that have a different pattern to them if you dono’t like the speckled look (personally my least favorite granite pattern).
There are other solid surface options as well that just as nice as granite. I’ve specified Wilsonart solid surface in alot of commercial projects and it holds up wonderfully, there are just as many color options and many have a quick turn around!
Post # 26
Thanks everyone for your input! We are stuck between #1 & #2 but I think we are going to go back by the stone yard to see what other options we have as well!
Post # 27
I voted #1 but #4 would also look good!
Post # 28
@Leonard2B: I like number 1