“It’s beautiful now, but what about 20 years down the road? Will my granite countertops look dated?”
This is a question we get a lot. And it’s a fair question. Renovating or updating a kitchen can be a big investment, and most homeowners are hoping that whatever they choose will last–both in terms of durability and in terms of staying in style.
The short answer is NO: granite won’t become dated because it’s a 100% natural material. Wood, stone, plants–these things don’t go out of style. The colors and pattern in each slab of granite were brought together without human intervention long before there were even such a thing as design trends.
Of course, certain colors and patterns will be more popular at certain times, but the material itself will never go out of style. The same is true of wood, the natural material used in homes.
For example, while many oak cabinets of the 90’s are no longer in style, it doesn’t mean that a solid oak cabinet is necessarily dated. More often than not, cabinets are “dated” because of the style of the door or the finish, not the actual material itself. In the same houses were dated oak cabinet are being taken out, exposed beams made out of the same wood and other oak features are being added. It’s all about presentation.
This observation is the key to making sure you choose a granite that still looks great a few decades down the road. Still unsure that your granite that will still look fresh in 2030? Consider these three concluding points:
Granite selection is not static. New colors and patterns are discovered daily.
While there are a few popular colors like Uba Tuba Granite or Giallo Ornamental Granite or Indian Coffee Brown that are found in huge quarries, most granite is only available in a limited amount.
Sooner or later, most granite patterns that are being in the market today, will be completely quarried, making the slabs from that quarry un-repeatable in any kitchen. The same quarry may produce totally different looking colors as the quarrying continues in different directions.
So, choosing granite is more like choosing limited edition art pieces than choosing a tile or wall color.
You can always re-decorate around your granite to change the look of the room.
As you are shopping for granite, imagine how you might change the look of the room by re-decorating around your stone. What other paint colors would go with the granite? Could you change appliance colors in ten years?
Focus on creating a space that’s beautiful to you and you’ll be able to easily avoid any quick-passing trends.
The best way to create an easily dated kitchen is to try and decorate based just on what is fashionable or popular. Conversely, the best way to make a room that will stay beautiful as trends changes is to focus more on choosing granite and other features that you love and that make you smile.
Visit Arch City Granite showrooms in St. Louis, Missouri to get a free stone design consultation.