Deeply hued granite brings instant sophistication to any kitchen space

White, yellow, beige, grey and black. Granite, the countertop material of choice these days, comes in a variety of hues. However, it is the dark end of the spectrum, the deep greys and blacks, that are most popular. In addition to having all of the great characteristics of granite, like durability, dark granite adds a sense of sophistication to a space.

Dark granite would certainly make a rough luxe, or industrial kitchen sophisticated. © leicht.com

Dark granite would certainly make a rough luxe, or industrial kitchen sophisticated. © leicht.com

The instant sophistication of dark granite can be achieved in virtually any kitchen design scheme. Though, often it’s the classic and contemporary kitchen set-ups in which dark granite is most often found, it’s time to consider alternative settings in which it can flourish. Dark granite would certainly make a rough luxe, or industrial kitchen sophisticated. In a high-end kitchen with top quality appliances, black granite would also shine. The fully integrated kitchen, with its seamless use of sleek surfaces would also benefit greatly from the addition of dark granite.

So, when you’ve determined to welcome the sophistication of dark granite into your kitchen, what other design details can you add that will make the most of the material?

Warm red mosaic tile and creamy cabinetry with the look of fine furniture and  unite this open-plan kitchen with the colors and textures of the adjoining living area.

Warm red mosaic tile and creamy cabinetry with the look of fine furniture and unite this open-plan kitchen with the colors and textures of the adjoining living area.

Complementing or contrasting the deep colour of your dark granite countertops is a great place to start. If you have a traditional kitchen space, you could play up that character with warm neutrals. Rather than surrounding the dark granite with white shaker cabinets, a warm wood, like maple, plays up an American craftsman sensibility. On the other hand, adding bold pops of colour through accessories is a more contemporary way to bring life to granite. Red placemats, silver bowls of yellow lemons, and orange 70s-inspired glass pendant lights are all cool ways to clash dark and light…in a sophisticated manner of course.

Complementing or contrasting the deep colour of your dark granite countertops is a great place to start. © leicht.com

Complementing or contrasting the deep colour of your dark granite countertops is a great place to start. © leicht.com

You can also consider adding a little bit of glamour to your space. Dark granite is often flecked with gold or silver, which can be picked up in other elements of your kitchen design. White dishes and glassware rimmed with platinum are a high-end way to impress dinner party guests. A collection of silver vases, in either a graphic or organic form, will bring granite-inspired glitz into a space on an everyday basis.

The best part about adding dark granite to your kitchen? It instantly adds value to your home. So, go ahead, think dark thoughts.