2.13.2014

designer favorite: granite for your kitchen & bath


Do you have brown wood cabinetry but would like to incorporate more grey into your kitchen or bath?  

You can absolutely mix the two neutrals together (we talked about that here), but sometimes it can be a challenge to find the best stone counter for your kitchen and bath that ties the two colors together.  Most of the brown toned stone can be speckled, and may have certain colors your don't want.  OR there is just no grey or black mixed in.  What I like about this stone is that it has the appearance of marble but the durability of granite.  Extra bonus?  It's in the mid-high range.  So it's totally in the budget if you're already looking at stone countertops. 

This is slab of quartzite is called "Fantasy Brown".  Ooh la la.  I'm not sure why that's the name, because it doesn't have that much brown.  But when I saw this in person, I gasped.  Yes, I have a flair for the dramatic, but really, it's so beautiful.


What do you think?  Is this a counter you would install?  I would put this in my kitchen in a heartbeat.

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18 comments:

  1. I love this countertop, Abby! Thanks for sharing - it's so difficult to choose something that looks updated with wood cabinets. From the photo, it looks like it has brown, cream, gray-blue in it. Is that accurate? Are there any other subtle colors in there?

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    1. No, you covered all the colors. The grey does have blue undertones. It's just lovely.

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  2. Yay, comments! I keep reading and trying to comment... glad it's fixed. I love that countertop and yes I would have it in my home. I have old brown cabinets that aren't worthy of granite at the moment, but If I painted them white or lt. grey this could work! xo Nancy

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    1. Thanks for the comment Nancy! It is so fun to hear from readers again. I would love this with white or grey cabinets too! Let me know if you try it. 😘

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  3. I like it for my kitchen, it has the gray and blues in it that I like. Would you do it honed or not?

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    1. Hi Victoria-
      I think a honed granite is especially stylish, but I usually recommend it for the darker granites that show water spots easily. This one has such beautiful colors and is light enough to leave as is. Thanks!

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    2. Since this is technically quartzite, not granite, you have to be somewhat careful of etching. In a honed finish that is less likely. Also, I usually see this at the suppliers in what I would consider low to mid price range. In any case, it is beautiful in both polished & honed & a great price point!

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  4. Yahoo! I can comment on your blog now! Well, to make up for all the past times I wanted to comment and couldn't... I think you are majorly talented and I love your style!! You are the bee's knees!! xo Kristin

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  5. Hi Abby, That is a gorgeous piece of rock. I think they greyish tones would play nicely with some stainless appliances.

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  6. Whoopee, remarks! I continue perusing and attempting to remark... happy it's settled. I cherish that ledge and yes I would have it in my home. I have old chestnut cupboards that aren't deserving of stone right now, yet If I painted them white or lt. dim this could work! Lynnwood Granite Contractors

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  7. I love this slab. I am about to order a very similar color for my kitchen. I am not sure it will go well with my ivory travertine though.

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  8. i have this in a small bathroom. what wall color would you use with it

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  9. I am also looking at brown fantasy granite (see attached image) - I am putting it with painted cabinets, but not white --the color is called Portobello - I'm hoping I am not making a mistake by not going with white. Any thoughts on my choice color palette?

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