If you’re in the market for a new granite countertop to spice up your kitchen, but you aren’t sure where to start, then this is the guide for you! Here are six tips that are guaranteed to help you pick the perfect granite countertop for your space.

Consider the Stone’s Thickness

When it comes to countertops, there are three standard thicknesses to choose from: ¾ inch, 1 ¼ inch and 1 ½ inch. If possible, try to avoid choosing a slab that’s 1 ½ inches in thickness, as it’s simply two ¾ inch slabs fixed together and can cause problems for you in the long haul. Once the adhesive starts to deteriorate, the gapping left behind will increase the risk of damage to that area.

Choosing the Right Colour

If you’re planning on installing granite in areas minimal interactions with foods and liquids, like a bathroom, then selecting a lighter colour with unique patterning would be a gorgeous decision. As darker granite colours can hide stains more easily, it’s better to install it in high traffic areas like the kitchen. However, this all depends on your lifestyle, cooking habits and how you plan on using the granite.

Matching with the Cabinets

If you’re still having issues choosing a granite colour, then consider matching your countertops to your cabinetry. You can either match the colours themselves or match the veining with the existing cabinets. Some popular colour pairings include dark brown cabinets with green countertops, cherry cabinets with white granite, and light oak cabinets with black countertops.

Watch Out for the Seams

When talking to your granite retailer, be sure to emphasize that you want a slab that will require as few seams as possible upon installation. It might not seem like a big deal at the time of purchase, but several seams throughout your kitchen counters will be an eye-catching error you won’t be able to miss.

Consider the Edge’s Design

What overall style are you going for in your kitchen? Is it modern, traditioned, vintage or contemporary? This is essential, as the edging of your granite countertop will emphasize the aesthetic or distract from it. Straight edges typically suit modern or contemporary kitchens, as the clean lines work perfectly with the other modern touches. More traditional kitchens should focus on edges that are curved or intricate in some way.

Picking a Unique Pattern

You can also choose what kind of patterning you want your granite countertops to have. With the three basic options including solid colouring, speckling and marbling, you can create an even more customized appearance for your kitchen. There’s very little variation in the patterning of solid granite, making it ideal for smaller kitchens or modern aesthetics.

At Fairmont Flooring, we’re a family-owned flooring company that’s dedicated to providing customers with a vast selection of products. Located in Whitby, Ontario, we offer high-quality kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring products and fireplaces. As a licensed distributor for exclusive collections, be sure to visit our 13,500 square foot showroom or visit our website to learn more.

Related: Choosing the best Edge for your Granite or quartz Countertops.