Today Pat writes:
I read with interest your answer on how to select the granite color for your countertops……..I am having trouble deciding whether I want the color to blend or contrast……I have honey maple cabinets with maple flooring and mixed glass tile backsplash (green,aqua, gold and light orange) Currently my countertop is a verde oxide formica……..just installed ss appliances……We live at the beach and everyone seems to congregate around the kitchen bar area so the counter will get plenty of use and lots of visual exposure………I have found a very interesting piece of Madura gold granite with some large blotches of black and gold………just not sure if it will be too “blendy” but brought home a sample of Peacock Green which almost matches my current formica…….I really want to love my choice since there will be no way to change it…….Any suggestions would be appreciated……Thanks.
Pat, I’m guessing you’re deciding between granite colors because you fell in love with the color of the Madura Gold granite but are afraid it’s just too “blendy”? That you’re okay with the Peacock Green and you like the way it looks with the rest of your kitchen, but you don’t love it? Am I right? Because if I am, what you need to decide is which one is more important to you. Do you want to love the granite you have, or do you want more contrast and drama in your kitchen?
Yes, the Madura Gold will blend in some with your cabinets. A way to get the Madura Gold and still have some contrast is to look for a piece with more of the little black blotches in it. That will help it stand out from your honey maple cabinets. Because of the blending, it won’t be quite as much of a focal point. But it will camouflage dust and debris, so it will be easier to keep looking clean.
Madura Gold is a very warm and inviting color, which is why it’s so popular. If you haven’t already, I’d suggest doing a Google image search of Madura Gold and looking at the pictures it brings up. You will get an opportunity to see it in a variety of kitchens. You may even find some with cabinet colors close to yours to compare it to. One last thing to be aware of is that your new stainless steel appliances will “pop” more with this granite and cabinet combination. The Madura Gold’s little black splotches will tie in with your appliances and the overall color choice will cause them to standout.
The Peacock Green is also a great color of granite. Most darker color granites add more drama to the room and the Peacock Green will definitely be a focal point in your kitchen. Everything else will be secondary. One thing to consider from a cleaning vantage point, is that while the granite is the same color of your current formica, odds are the shine is not the same. A shiny darker color will show dust and debris easier than a lighter or mid-tone granite.
Normally I would ask which countertop looks better with your glass tile backsplash since that is another item the countertop touches, but it sounds like your backsplash will go with either choice quite well. So that may not help you come to a conclusion any easier, unless you feel the backsplash looks better with one or the other.
As you can see, there really is not a right or wrong answer here. Either way you go, you will have a fabulous new kitchen to enjoy! The hard part is just looking for the color granite that rings more true with you and your sense of style!
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