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Use Granite Countertops as the Basis for a Monochromatic Kitchen

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Monochromatic rooms can be very chic. Layering shades of the same color gives your room a sense of sophistication. You can choose any color for the base hue, but gray is particularly popular because it comes in so many shades.

A monochromatic palette is especially elegant in the kitchen. In this case, gray is an excellent choice because the finishes of your appliances will complement the color scheme. For a cohesive design, consider using gray granite countertops as the basis for your palette.

Choose the Countertops

The foundation of your color palette will be your countertops. This plan is ideal because countertops often represent one of the biggest investments you make during a kitchen remodel, especially when you choose natural stone. What's more, the countertops take up a lot of visual space, so using them as the basis for your palette makes sense.

Granite that's classified as gray will range from a white background with gray patterning to solid-colored deep charcoal. Since you want to build a palette from the countertops, solid colors aren't the way to go. Instead, you’ll want to choose between speckled and marbled, which still affords you a wide shade range.

As you look for a slab of gray granite to this end, look for a pattern that features a lot of variations in tone. You may even find a slab with metallic flecks. You want a wide range of shades so you have plenty of options when you build your palette.

When it comes to finish options, the choice is completely your preference. Honed and matte finishes are becoming more popular. However, they do hide the detailing of the granite patterning more than high gloss finishes. Therefore, if you've chosen a slab that's subtle in pattern, consider going for the glossy finish.

Build the Palette

Once you’ve chosen your granite slab, you can start to build your palette. Design principles hold that you should have a main color and up to three accent colors. Within your accent colors, you'll have a primary accent and one or two secondary accents. These colors will all come from the grays represented in your granite slab.

The basic design rule is 60-30-10, meaning your main color will comprise 60% of your décor, your primary accent 30%, and your secondary accent 10%. If you're using four colors, play around with the ratios — color theory in design is an art, not math.

Two factors should drive your choice in main color. The first factor is the size of your kitchen. Darker colors make spaces feel smaller, so stay away from deep gray as the main color if your kitchen is smaller. The second factor is the overall color appearance of your granite slab — you want it to stand out, not blend in.

For your accent colors, play with saturation and even warmth. While gray is considered a cool color, you can warm it up. Indeed, your granite slab may feature flecks of gold. Don't be afraid to use those as an excuse to warm up your palette, say with a warm-based gray accent color. Conversely, you can choose white as a cohesive accent color.

Implement Your Palette

Besides countertops, the other main visual areas are the walls and cabinetry. You'll most likely use your main color for the cabinetry and your primary accent color for the walls. Contractors should paint your trim in the secondary accent colors.

You'll probably have some tilework in your kitchen, especially in the backsplash. You often see plain subway tile in one of the accent colors. However, you can also choose subtly patterned gray tiles for this area.

Finally, consider silver-finish appliances to complete your grayscale kitchen. Naturally, the silver finish is unlikely to be represented in the granite countertops. However, the silver still makes an ideal complement for the rest of the gray décor.

Start with a beautiful gray granite slab, and build a grayscale palette for your kitchen. The Countertop Place has a wide selection of granite slabs for your kitchen remodel. Contact us today to learn more.