I started off the new year looking at granite for the kitchen countertops at a local company a few miles from Brick House 319.
I’m leaning toward granite because it’s durable, versatile, and of course, it’s ideal for kitchen countertops. There’s an endless variety of natural colors and textures that allows for a totally unique look.
When I arrived at the local company I entered their tile showroom and immediately got sidetracked. I started flipping through tons of tile samples for bathroom ideas. (I’ll write about this in my next post.) After about an hour of perusing tile, a salesgirl walked up to me and said, “Why don’t you take a look at the granite in our warehouse in the back.” Soon enough, Andrea was giving me the granite grand tour.
Andrea asked me what I had in mind for the kitchen and I explained to her that I love the look of white shaker-style cabinets with splashy blue granite countertops (blue is my favorite color). The flooring will be wide-plank wood, I already have the farm-style kitchen sink as well as the Maytag stainless steel appliances.
The granite warehouse had row upon row of granite slabs from Italy, Brazil and India, among a few other places. I snapped the first splash of blue above, which also has quite a bit of gray.
Even though I’m set on various hues of blue, when I saw this piece of granite on the left, I was almost sold on changing my countertop color scheme.
Each piece of granite is rated at a certain level. The higher the number, the more expensive.
My number one favorite piece of granite in the entire warehouse was Blue Bahia from Brazil; it was gorgeous. Of course, it just happens to be level 20. I guess I froze at the price because I didn’t stand back to take a full length photo of the slab.
Obviously, I was focusing on the sticker (shock)!
This piece was stunning in person; the photo doesn’t do it justice. At this point I wasn’t looking at the “level” of each piece of granite. I was just having fun looking at what jumped out at me and envisioning what it would look like in the kitchen.
I fell for this piece as well…
Here is one of the many rows that Andrea and I walked up and down for over an hour.
This piece reminds me of the “Granite State.”
I can see a piece like this in a restaurant or a bar…
This piece reminded me of a Monet painting; it would be pretty in a powder room.
Something different…maybe for a bachelor?
Only a tad of blue…
For someone who has a gray color scheme…
This piece reminds me of flying over the snow-tipped Alps; It doesn’t have blue but I would buy it for the kitchen.
And the last photo includes two slabs of budget-friendly granite. Blue Pearl is on the right and I believe the dark piece on the left is Black Pearl. Both are “level 5.”
When I left the granite warehouse and showroom I stepped into the parking lot, where there was more granite.
Before I got in my car, I took this last photo of granite for smaller projects.