Choosing Proper Granite Tones

When it comes to countertops, it’s hard to say no to granite. Granite countertops are both durable and easy to maintain, with virtually limitless customization options available.

At Intermountain Stone & Marble Company, we have everything you need when it comes to granite countertops. We can help you with every part of the selection and installation process, from early design questions to the final touches. One of the most common early areas we help clients with: Color selection. Not only will this area define the aesthetic of your kitchen or bathroom for years to come, it can also play a role in your home’s value down the line. Here are some important areas to keep in mind when choosing granite countertop color.

Material Matching

You want your countertops to complement the rest of the room they’re being installed in, and this means doing an assessment of these colors and schemes. Take a lot of pictures of the room in question in a natural light, as this will help you make the best decision.

Also keep in mind that walls or other broad elements aren’t the only things that matter when it comes to the aesthetics of a room. Think about other visible items like window treatments, furniture or even larger kitchen appliances. You might want to directly match colors, or you might think about contrasting colors that offer a good mix.

Lighting Considerations

Another important factor here, as we mentioned above, is your lighting. In particular, you have to consider the kinds of light that will be hitting the countertops – are they mostly separate from windows, meaning they won’t receive much natural light? Or are they featured in rooms where lots of sunlight will be getting in? Granite paired with the wrong kinds of light can make spaces seem smaller or more cramped than they really are, which you don’t want. Ask our pros about matching certain granite tones with various light profiles.


If they’re available, take some samples home with you to get an exact idea of how they look in the room in question. If this isn’t possible, make sure you have high-quality pictures. A good way to test this in your home is to cover existing countertops with a neutral color like white, then place the samples over this cover – this lets you get a good idea of how the natural and man-made light in the room impacts your counters. Try doing this at multiple times of the day if there’s lots of natural light, as it may hit the room from varying angles.

Multiple Tones

For many homeowners, it becomes difficult to decide between a couple fantastic granite tones. If this is the case for you, why not go with both? For a kitchen remodel, using one tone for the island and another for the surrounding counters can be a great complementary design. This can be mirrored by your cabinets and other kitchen accessories, as well.

For more tips on choosing the proper granite tones, or to learn about any of our kitchen and bath remodel services, speak to the pros at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company today.

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