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Selecting the Best Countertop Color - Kitchen and Bath Design Tips.

by Janna Epstein

Posted on January 12, 2018 07:00:00 AM

Material Color

When you use natural stone for many of your home projects you are acquiring art that has been made by nature.  This natural art took many years for nature to create and this means that there will be some flaws that you’ll have to consider.  Natural stone is used to build original pieces which can completely change your home environment and provide you with a lifetime of long lasting beauty.

Choosing the type of stone that you’re going to be using is the first step. There are endless color choices for natural stone because of the unique surface of the stone.  There are some things that you’ll want to take into consideration when you decide what colors work best in certain areas of your home.

Appearance and color:  You need to decide what type of look it is that you’re trying to achieve.  Natural stone can be found in a wide and beautiful range of colors.  This means that you won’t be at all limited with options.  Choose whatever color most fits into the project that you’re building and which appeals to you at the same time.

Keep in mind that some types of natural stones will offer more varieties of color than other stones.   For example, colors for marble stone will range from light beiges to pinks to greens, browns, and multi colors.  At the same time, the slate will offer you darker colors that are good if you’re decorating your home in darker tones.  And limestone will have lighter colors that are perfect for pastel decorating themes.

Uniformity and variation:  Because natural stones have been created by nature there is no precise method to identifying the uniformity and variation that exists within specific stones.  However, there are some general rules which you can use in most, but not all cases, when it comes to choosing natural stone for your home.

  • Granite.  Granite will generally have flecks of minerals that spread consistently throughout the stone.
  • Marble.  Marble will usually have more movement of color and veining within the stone.
  • Travertine.  Travertine will have voids on the surface of the stone that have been formed by pressure and water over a long period of time.
  • Slate.  Slate will usually have a very wide variation in the color and veining of the stone.   This means that slate tiles will have a lot of color movement from tile to tile which gives it a look that is quite rustic.
  • Limestone.  Limestone will often contain the fossils and remains of sea creatures that lived in the oceans many millions of years ago.  This will result in some great veining that is ideal for kitchen countertops.

Finishing of natural stone:  There are some common finishes for natural stone that will have an effect on the color and appearance of the stone.  As well, some finishes will aid the stone in being resistant to slips, which is ideal for stone tile flooring.  There are some stones that can’t have all types of finishes.  For example, slate can’t be polished because it is too rough in texture.  Some of the finishes that you can choose from include:

  • Honed finish.  This is a smooth surface finish that leaves little opportunity for light refraction.  The honed finish is most often used for stairs and floors.
  • Polished finish.  This is glossy, smooth finish that will bring out the color of the natural stone as well as the delicate veining.  A polished finish is most often used for floors, walls, and table tops.
  • Gauged finish.  A gauged finish will leave the natural stone with a smooth finish.  Slate will often be given a gauged finish.  This type of finish is most often seen on flooring.
  • Flamed finish.  A flamed finish is usually used on granite flooring for resistance to slipping by adding a textured roughness to the stone.


Following is a list of some of the types of natural stone that you can use for home projects as well as some of the more common colors of stone in each category:

Marble:  Some great marble choices that you’ll want to consider include:

  • Bidasar Green.  This marble is dark green in color.
  • Green Gold.  Green Gold is a good choice for rooms that are decorated in gold and beige colors.
  • Emerald Green.  This marble is green in appearance and has some undertones of blue included in the veining.
  • Abu Black.  If you’re looking for black marble for accents in your home, then Abu Black marble is for you.


  • Shivakasi Yellow.  This granite is yellowish in colors and has many variegated color flecks.
  • Seaweed Green.  Seaweed Green is the ideal choice if you’re looking for green tiling for a green tinted bathroom.
  • Sapphire Blue.  This granite is dark blue with variegated flecks of pinks and yellows throughout.


  • Jaiselmer Yellow.  This yellowish limestone is most often used for flooring.
  • KotaHoney.  Kota Honey is also great for flooring but is deeper in gold tones.
  • Kudappah Black.  If black tiling is your thing you’ll want to choose this color of limestone.

No matter what color theme you have in any room in your home you’ll be able to find natural stone that complements and accents all your home projects.