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Why Granite Has Such a Wide Range of Colors

by Lindsey Rios

Posted on April 29, 2017 12:00:00 AM

You’ve decided to remodel your kitchen and you’re set on upgrading to new granite counters but with so many color and pattern options, have you ever wondered how granite gets its color? Granite is a light-colored igneous rock with grains large enough to be seen and it is the most common igneous rock found on Earth's surface. The minerals that makeup granite give it the unique colors we see in different types of granite.

What is Granite?

Granite is a natural stone, formed by magma and composed of at least 20 percent quartz as well as various types of crystals and minerals such as mica, potassium feldspar, hornblende, and biotite. The color of granite countertops varies quite a bit, depending on the exact crystal makeup of each individual slab. Granite commonly includes hues of white, gray, black, pink, and orange. Occasionally, you will see greens, browns, and blues as well.

The number of different colored minerals in specific granite is mainly due to the original source of magma which cooled to form the granite. If the magma was rich with potassium feldspar, the granite is likely to have a pink salmon color. If the magma is rich in quartz and other various minerals, the granite is likely to be black and white spotted which is commonly seen on kitchen countertops.

Granite has been appreciated for ages for its beauty and durability. It was used to build the pyramids in Egypt, Mount Rushmore and continues to grace today's kitchen designs. It is a unique stone in both appearance and structure that continues to meet the demands of discerning homeowners.

Van Gogh Granite

If you’re looking for a show-stopping kitchen counter then Van-Gogh granite might be a great option. Found in Brazil and named for its striking resemblance to a Vincent Van Gogh painting, Van Gogh granite is one of the rarest and most durable granites in the world. is one of the only countertop fabricators in the world to carry Van Gogh granite.

Granite Countertop Types of Finishes

There are three basic granite countertop finishes each of which determines the final color of granite that you choose. Selection of a finish depends on your taste, design, and ultimately where the countertop will be placed. For your kitchen countertop, you may choose a more adventurous finish, as opposed to having a more natural appearance for your bathroom counters. 

Polished: this treatment leaves the stone with a lustrous, shiny finish and a smooth surface. The polished finish is best known for its ability to reveal the true character of granite and it is the most common finish on kitchen countertops.

Honed or Matte: this treatment leaves the stone with a smooth, non-reflective, satiny finish. The honed finish provides a softer look on granite counters.

Leathered: this treatment leaves the stone with a rough, textured finish and highlights the natural color of the stone. The leathered finish is most commonly seen on darker granite counters.

No matter what finish you choose for your new granite countertop granite is extremely strong, and a great stone for your kitchen as granite counters are able to endure hot pans, spilled drinks and even chopping vegetables directly on the granite countertop’s surface.

With so many colors, textures and options to choose from, granite has possibilities that are suitable for a wide range of style preferences making granite a great option for your kitchen renovation. is the Tri-State Location for Granite Countertops has an amazing selection of granite slabs in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. With a stock of over 200,000 slabs of granite, any homeowner will be able to find the perfect granite countertop to complete a kitchen renovation. We have over 2,000 different colors of granite and other natural stones.