From Margaret on July 9th, 2010 in Kitchen Remodel
Though the convenience of granite countertops in the kitchen will never change (the cutting right on the counter! The freshly-baked cookies sitting without a hot pad!), keeping granite looking up to date can be a challenge. The granite look can often suggest a ’90s vibe, from when the use of the material in the kitchen exploded into popularity. Here are some hints for keeping granite around, and keeping it aesthetically modern.
#1 – Keep to a Simple, Unifying Color
With white and touches of gray to tie in the gray granite, this traditional kitchen looks sleek and updated while still getting the functional benefits of granite. Take a look at your countertops and consider what the kitchen would look like if you repainted the cabinetry to more closely match the countertops—a feasible project for a long weekend.
#2 – Create a High Contrast
Or: Forget what you just read and do the opposite—create a high contrast between the countertops and cabinetry, like this modernized kitchen in a 19th-century Victorian home. If your granite is darker, consider going with white cabinetry to create a similar stark effect.
#3 – Embrace the Rustic Side of Granite
It is, after all, a rock milled out of the ground. While original granite counters were meant to look sleek and finished, update the material by overtly embracing a more pastoral kitchen, unfinished edges, and the color variance that is natural to the material. Enjoy the bucolic feel of an old French countryside kitchen—without sacrificing your modern conveniences.