Selecting new granite countertops for your kitchens and bathrooms can be very exciting. With this one design upgrade, you’re adding a value to your home in the current aesthetics and in potential resale value. Many people will choose their particular granite design without a thorough inspection of the stone itself. This ultimately affects the owner’s satisfaction with the selected product. The following are three design aspects to consider when upgrading with a granite countertop.

Color

The first choice that will usually be made is the color. This color will be the anchor for every other add-on or accessory. Plus it will communicate the overall mood or theme of the room. Given its importance, any designer should always look at the entire slab of granite, as opposed to a small handheld sample. These are intended to be representative of the entire slab that will be installed. However, the variance in colors and patterns of the granite can be great. So much so that two samples can look like they came from completely different slabs. While we might admire the beauty of the whole slab, it may not be consistent with our vision.

Patterns

In the same way, beautiful granite countertops can vary in pattern throughout the stone. When viewing a sample, the small portion could very well contain the colors you’re looking for. But when you view the slab in its entirety, it can quickly become obvious how the patterns were not properly represented. It can be hard to section off a small sample that will give any buyer the full picture they need. Even when the sample is showing very consistent and uniform colors and patterns, that may not be true of the entire slab. Beauty is ultimately in the eye of the beholder, and what one person may think is beautiful, another may think is excessive. Always make buying options after you see the complete picture.

Matching

Throughout the home, most people want their granite countertops to be consistent and supplement the rest of the home’s décor. When dealing specifically with granite, it’s important to make sure you’re matching the correct slabs together. Meaning, installing a particular named design in the kitchen, and putting the same name design in the bathroom or other part of the house does not always mean matching. Granite slabs may originate from the same rock quarry, and have the same name. But they may be extracted from deeper mines. This affects the saturation and appearance of the colors. Also showroom floor samples are usually outdated, and not representative of what’s actually currently available at the granite yard.