Black is the New Black: Six Deliciously Dark Granites

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2015 by Govi Reddy

Absolute Black:

This is a classic. While the simplicity of Absolute Black Granite allows for infinite decorating uses, it is without a doubt the sleek crown-jewel of the contemporary kitchen.

Pro tips: Add contrast by pairing Absolute Black with a marble island or marble tile backsplash. Keep the permanent fixtures around it neutral, and use colored kitchen accessories (vases, curtains, etc) for an easy, budget-friendly update to the look of the kitchen every few years.

If you like this granite, check out these other countertop choices: Negresco Granite, Black Labrador Granite.

Titanium Granite:

This stunning black, white, and sometimes gold granite maintains a limited color palette, but introduces “wow-factor” with its bold swirls. Titanium is a moment of geological history preserved; thousands of years ago, these black and white minerals flowed together, cooled, and laid unseen until the granite was quarried in Brazil and polished. Some slabs have more gold, while others are purely white and black. That’s the beauty of a stone like this: every single slab is unique. The energy in the pattern is perfect for a kitchen with a bold wood choice or an outdoor kitchen counter.

Pro tip: Titanium Granite’s strong lines look amazing in a honed or leathered finish.

If you like this granite, check out these other countertop choices: Mystery Black Granite, Cosmic Black Granite, Supreme White Granite.

Nero Marinace Granite:

Nero Marinace Granite is a polymict pebble conglomerate. In layman’s terms, that means it is composed of medium round stones of various patterns preserved in a smooth, black background. Nero Marinace was likely formed when a glacier moved over the stones, smoothing them before a black sediment washed over, eventually hardened, and was compressed beneath the earth for a few thousand years. This completely natural material has so many tiny details. You will see something new every day. For example, a close look shows a tiny rim around each individual stone- that’s a “weather rime,” and is a feature created when these smaller stones were still independent.

Pro-tips: This granite looks like a peaceful riverbed. Try adding touches of blue to the kitchen or bathroom décor to subtly highlight this resemblance. This incredible stone is also called Marinace Granite, Black Mosaic Granite, Black Mosaic Gold Granite, River Rock Granite, and Black Morgan Granite.

If you like this granite, check out these other countertop choices: Waterfall Granite, Green Marinace Granite.

Virginia Mist:

This is one of the few countertop granites quarried in the U.S. It is a quiet choice that evokes the morning mist hovering over the dunes on an East Coast beach.

Pro tips: Take advantage of Virginia Mist Granite’s understated charm; choose a bolder tile for the floor or backsplash. Paint the walls sea-foam green for a fresh beach aesthetic.

If you like this granite, check out these other countertop choices: Green Candeias Granite, Viscon White Granite, Costa Smerelda Granite (aka Costa Esmerelda Granite).

Black Galaxy Granite:

This is the perfect stone for homeowners who want solid black with a bit of flare. Scattered across this Indian granite are flecks of metallic mica (a shiny mineral) in bronze and silver.

Pro tip: Install under-cabinet lighting to really show off the reflective mica in the granite.

If you like this granite, check out these other countertop choices: Blue in the Night Granite, Blue Pearl Granite, Brown Antique Granite.

Brushed Finish Cambrian Black Granite:

A solid black with subtle variation, Cambrian Black Granite shows off its complexity best with a “brushed” finish. A brushed finish has even more texture than a honed finish. It is still soft to the touch, but the more exaggerated texture gives the stone a rugged, hearty look.

Pro tip: Brushed Cambrian Black is a great complement to quartz countertops. The texture and color of the granite will provide excellent balance to a solid white or gray quartz countertop.

If you like this granite, check out these other countertop choices: Leathered Brown Antique Granite, Leathered Via Lattea Granite.

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