I was clearly a little too opinionated without giving you context yesterday when I posted about my preference of quartz over granite so here’s the reason why I’m not a big fan of granite:
I have talked to hundreds of clients who don’t like the granite they inherited.
Because the colour and pattern of granite is very personal. It would be like choosing a sofa in a pattern that you loved and permanently installing it into your living room with the expectation that a future homeowner should love it as much as you.
Or they made a mistake when choosing the colour and their husband/wife/partner has assured them, it’s never coming out.
When I talk about choosing backsplash tile, accent tiles, floor tiles or countertops my question is always:
What would be the most timeless choice?
There is nothing wrong with granite, and if you talk to a real estate agent they will probably tell you that granite is a huge upgrade that sells the house faster than not having it. I think in the right context that is probably true, here is where it won’t help.
If you do choose granite for your kitchen, consider that to be your most important ‘look at me, look at me’ feature of your kitchen. Choose a floor tile with no more than 2 colours from your granite (something like the above photo) to coordinate or take your wood flooring through the space, and of course keep your backsplash simple and solid, like the kitchen I’m showing here.
One pattern is enough in fixed finishes. Keep all your other choices more solid.
And please, do not let me make you feel bad if you have granite. Ignore this post and my last one and if you are reading this and are about to select your finishes, take my advice and do it correctly.
Mixing granite and tile does NOT work like coordinating patterns with fabric, I wrote a great post that explains it best here.
And if I’m missing the timeless aspect of granite? Post your comment below!
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