The new trend in kitchen and bath designs is all about neutral shades—but not neutral in a boring way. Forget about the beiges and sandy tones of yesteryear. Today’s designers love to work with bright whites, deep blacks and softer shades of gray. You’ll even see a few dark browns—particularly espresso cabinets—thrown into the mix.
When it comes to kitchen countertops—especially among St. Louis homeowners—gray and white granite colors are a trending fashion. Not only do they work wonderfully well with white, black, gray and espresso cabinets, but they’re also perfectly suited to a variety of themes. You’ll find white and gray granite countertops in kitchens with old-fashioned designs and you’ll find them in contemporary kitchens, too.
Are you ready to recreate your kitchen or bathroom with the latest colors and styles? We’ll give you some inspiration and make a few recommendations about which of our fine granite colors to choose.
Kitchen and Bathroom Color Schemes
The new trends in kitchen and bathroom color schemes open up a whole world of possibilities. Here are some of the things you can do with these new neutrals:
- White: Solid white kitchens and bathrooms give you a clean, fresh and unblemished look. This color scheme works with your home’s natural lighting to make rooms feel larger and brighter. You can add just a little bit of contrast to the room by installing gray granite countertops or you can maximize on that fresh, airy feeling by choosing white granite.
- Black: Black is associated with wealth and luxury. Because of this, kitchens and bathrooms with black cabinetry tend to have a sleek, modern look; however, an entirely black room would be much too dark, which is why the walls are normally painted white. The addition of glossy white granite countertops provides a stark contrast to the dark cabinetry, but you can also use gray granite if you want a softer transition between the white of the walls and the black of the cabinets.
- Gray: No matter what style you choose—contemporary, industrial, minimalist—gray kitchens and baths tend to have a very modern, upscale look. With this color scheme, your best bet is to start with gray cabinetry and then use black and white accents (black drawer pulls, a black tiled backsplash with white grout, black and white flooring and so forth). Then you can either enhance the look of your grays with a gray countertop, or you can add contrast by choosing white granite.
- Black and White: Black and white color schemes take the freshness of white and mix it with the luxurious look of black. When two types of cabinets are used in a large kitchen, you’ll often find that the island cabinets are black while the perimeter cabinets are white. To continue the theme, choose granite that features a bold mixture of black, white, and gray, like our Silver Cloud or Monte Cristo granite.
- Espresso: Espresso color schemes give you the same stark contrasts between dark cabinets and lighter walls, but because this color is a little more traditional, you can easily use it for vintage and retro themes. For these kitchens and bathrooms, we prefer a white granite because it stands out against the dark cabinets; however, gray works well if you’re going for a more earthy look.
Which Granite Colors to Choose?
No matter what color scheme you choose, we have a variety of great countertop options. One of the most popular options among St. Louis designers and homeowners is Silver Cloud. This granite color features a white base mixed with light to dark gray or black stripes—perfect if you want something that has a marbled look.
For a softer, smoother pattern and a more even tone, choose something like our Monte Cristo granite. This color features dramatic gray waves over a white base, but it’s a bit more muted than the Silver Cloud color.
If you’re looking for budget-friendly options, we have several great choices that will give you the look you want for a lower cost. Some of our high-end granite slabs, including Silver Cloud, Monte Cristo and New Azul Aran give you the neutral colors you want at an affordable price. You’ll also find that we carry several inexpensive granite colors that feature a white base mixed with gray—White Mist, Caledonia and Luna Pearl to name a few.
If these selections aren’t quite what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us to learn more about the other types of granite we have available. Our inventory is always changing, which means you can find the right countertops at a price you can afford. When they need granite or marble countertops, homeowners and designers from all over St. Louis turn to Arch City Granite & Marble.