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How To Complement Dark Granite Countertops

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Stone countertops are a luxury addition to your kitchen that many homeowners save up for. Natural stone such as granite adds beauty and value to any kitchen remodel job. Indeed, granite countertops are something potential home buyers look for when touring houses.

Granite is available in a wide variety of colors, but an especially appealing hue is black. As Home and Garden TV points out, dark granite countertops are favored in modern kitchen design. If you fancy dark granite in your kitchen, consider some of the following ideas to complement its beauty.

Light-Colored Walls

A dark kitchen can feel small. However, your dark countertops don't have to darken your entire kitchen. Just pair them with light-colored walls.

The most obvious paint color is white, which will give you that classic contrast that's especially popular in modern design. However, if you don't want such a stark contrast, consider an off-white hue. Antique white walls offer a more subtle contrast while also affording you the option to use dark countertops in a traditionally styled kitchen.

Stainless Steel Surfaces

Another method for adding light is to incorporate stainless steel surfaces to the façade. Naturally, you may first think of stainless steel appliances, which are very popular in kitchen design. If you're ready for new appliances, consider the stainless steel finish.

However, you might not need new appliances. So, consider adding the stainless steel surface elsewhere, such as a backsplash. You can also add a new stainless steel range hood even if you're keeping your same stove. Likewise, consider decorating with some stainless steel ornaments or utensils.

Eye-Catching Tile Work

Dark countertops make an excellent foil for colors, which stand out even more against the darkness. Many designers incorporate tile work into the kitchen, especially in the backsplash. You can use this space to create an eye-catching counter to your sleekly dark countertops.

For cohesion, you may start with a color palette. You should incorporate that color palette into your tile work. For instance, you might devise a mosaic in shades of blue, yellow, and green. Conversely, you might select painted tiles in rich colors. Just keep true to the overall design of your kitchen.

Rich Floor

To promote the sense of luxury that granite countertops convey in your kitchen, you'll want a gorgeous base — the floor. The floor represents the other horizontal surface in your kitchen besides the countertops, so the two will automatically make a visual impact together.

If possible, consider hardwood flooring. You'll have to make some adjustments to keep it safe in the high-use areas of the kitchen, but the richness of natural wood would make an opulent complement to the dark countertops. Conversely, look at some other warm-hued surfaces, such as honey-gold tiles, for the same effect.

Make your dark granite countertops the highlight of your kitchen with complementary features.