what do you think of this combo for the kitchen?
Elizabeth Reilly
November 20, 2013
Will the granite be too busy? have a 6 foot island to put granite on as well as the kitchen counters. Any other granite recommendations? I'd like a warm feeling in the kitchen. Cabinets will go to ceiling, all cabinets including island cabinet is off white.
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dclostboy
It will be striking...gray subway tile for back splash?
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happyasaclam
Your cabinets will be a strong presence in the room so I don't think that granite pattern is too busy. I think it will all look great together.
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JudyG Designs
I like the granite and the floor choices, but not with the cabinets. The cabs are way too busy and too white and shiny. How about a recessed panel instead?

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Elizabeth Reilly
I've already purchased the cabinets. I haven't thought of them as busy, but you may be right there. Maybe a less busy granite then? How about Absolute Cream instead? or the second one, Gallileo Napoleon
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armipeg
The cabinet and granite look good together but the floor looks out of place. I suggest a different floor.
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Judy M
I would go with the second granite in last post, smaller tighter pattern that the first granite shown with cabinet.
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BY DESIGN Builders
Really like your original granite selection. It is much more interesting than the second two.
Your cabinet doors are "busy" because they are more traditional. Nothing wrong with that.
Subway tile is also traditional (and it can be contemporary). Look at the pillowed subway tiles as a possibility for your backsplash.
Have you selected door and drawer pulls yet? Be certain to not compromise your more traditional cabinetry with the wrong hardware.
Overall, it looks good! Congrats!
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Kevin Strader
I like it. Your first granite is by far my favorite. I like the cabinets too. I tend to lean more towards the traditional end of the design spectrum. I would look at black or ORB for the knobs. It looks like there is some dark brown in the granite so I would opt for the ORB.
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touchadream
I like the first granite too. The bigger pattern variation is more interesting than the smaller speckled look, IMO. I wouldn't second guess yourself--this is going to be lovely. Make sure you use a simple neutral backsplash.
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cindyguent
Definitely go with your first choices. You will get the warm feeling you want with that combo. I love it!
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saratogaswizzlestick
Your first granite is lovely and it actually looks less busy than the other two. I also like your cabinets. As others are saying pick a nice neutral backsplash and you are cooking with gas
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kcshenk
Like your first granite choice. My Sister in law has something similar and it is lovely
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happyasaclam
My great aunt use to say "now you're cooking with gas!". :D. I think all three work great together. Don't let anyone talk you out of the flooring, the cabinets or the granite. If you can't bring samples of the backsplash tile home, take a piece of the granite with you if you can, to make your selection easier.
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mkhodges
Add my vote of approval for your original choices. I have similar cabs and floor, but my granite is black. Many times I have wished I had something similar to your granite choice, but I like both. I don't have backsplash yet but plan to get subway tile in white very close to cab white (mine have a wash technique which tones the white down a bit). I might tint the grout slightly to make the colors blend better, but do not want high contrast because that would add to the business of the backsplash. Do you have your wall paint in mind? Of course you might not have much wall space in kitchen but if it is open you might want to consider that too.
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Margo
Stick with your original post photo choices;)
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mommickey
I like yout first choice. I have quartz with a busy design and I wish I had went with plain now. Less is more.
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abbyjean
First choice is a winner!
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sbrustein
Love it!! What backslash were you thinking of?
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solincia
Don't change a thing!!!
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m3459
Like the choices you have made. Then the backsplash will tie it all up with a bow. Go neutral on backsplash. I have been so-o-o-o glad I went classic and neutral on backsplash as I have upgraded countertops over the years.
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Lisa Pugmire - Lowe's In Elk Grove
I also like the original choices... Keep in mind you picked them for a reason. What cabinet line is it?
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thedarlingsbecca
I like the first choices. The color of the flooring is also in the granite. Very nice!
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cmarquardt1
I like the first choice too....also remember that the way you have it displayed in the picture is not how your eye will see it when it is installed as the granite will be a horizontal surface...neutral backsplash and you are ready..please update with a photo when it is done!
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tonicherry
It will look fantastic. Don't second guess your decisions. Your original granite is the best choice. You're going to love it !
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Nest.
One really never sees granite from that vantage point...when it is actually installed you will be seeing it from a horizontal plane and it will marry into the cabinets and backsplash very nicely!!! Don't change a thing and I say if you love it have confidence in your choices!!!! It will look beautiful
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yoboseiyo
i like your first one.
it's beautiful with your cabinets.
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Elizabeth Reilly
Wow, everyone pretty much likes the first granite. It is the one with the most contrast and will be the most busy one of the three. There is grey quartz mixed in as well. I had also originally thought that it would be too light with all the white cabinets going in. Maybe I should rethink. I have a big island going in as well. Should I go with a different on island than on counters?
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
greaet choice dont over think it .......you made the right call, it will be interesting and with all the white you likely need a PUNCH
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smartin1
Love it! It will be beautiful! And I agree that I would stay simple on the backsplash to let the granite shine.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
I have same granite. It's great. Won't look busy.
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nohoch
My personal choice would be a darker shade of a floor....


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micheal lambie interiors
I like the first Granite out of the 2 and think it will work nicely with the cabinet for sure. Not too busy at all. Back splash I would also keep light and clean…. does not have to be a pure white subway tile but that is a safe bet for sure.
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indianpatti
Love your 1st choice granite!
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gypsyrose17
In your photo, if you could cut that slab of granite in half and just use the right hand side it would be perfect....a calmer more fluid pattern in the granite...it would also broaden your choices for colors and patterns for backsplash, etc.
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Elizabeth Reilly
two more choices to consider! what do you think now? First is Typhoon Bordeaux, and the second one is Harvest Cream
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yoboseiyo
i still like your very first one.

you have to remember, you're not going to be looking at it the same way you're viewing it now.

you'll be looking at it at about a 45deg angle. smaller, if you're short and your counters are standard height. it won't seem so busy when it's in place, i promise.
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m3459
It's a close call between your first choices and the Typhoon Bordeaux. Probably would come down to seeing the actual slabs.
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nancyann0277a
Go with your fist grouping, look how many professionals liked your selection. It is beautiful.
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laurie0714
Your first palette looks very nice. Adding the ORB hardware would be a nice compliment to the granite.
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happyasaclam
I like your first pattern because it looks natural - not manufactured. That's the beauty of natural stone. All the variations in one slab make it more attractive than the others!
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m3459
Something makes me think there is something about the first choice that reilly is not happy with. Until then, she has to listen to us ;->
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Elizabeth Reilly
LOL m3459! You are right. I am worried about the amount of black in my original granite choice. It's hard for you all to really see the granite choices from the pics on here. I have motivation to make decisions quickly given the state of my kitchen now! we moved in this house almost two years ago and I've always dreaded the kitchen.
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gypsyrose17
You can always use a different granite for your island....one that compliments your countertop granite. In your first slab, the right and left sides were very different in color saturations...I would pick something along one of those variations. A friend of mine is building a tuscan style home and she has chosen a whitish granite with black swirls for the counters, white porcelain farmhouse sink, white cabinets, concrete floors and to have her island painted red the lower level will have a butcher block top, and the top level which will be for the folks sitting on the stools will be the same granite as the counters.
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jojosail2
You can get the pureed granite look (the second of the second choices) from every cheap granite countertop store at every little strip mall. Prefab, made in China, cheap and looks it. It's very ordinary. Why have a boring kitchen that looks like everyone else's? Your first choice is gorgeous, is much more of a unique, custom look. Stick with your original choice, it's much more interesting granite. The cabinets are NOT busy, they are elegant. The shaker style looks cheap. The flooring looks lovely with the granite also, the colors in the granite go with and compliment the floor.
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dclostboy
The first has so much character and life...what scares you about the black?
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Cat Rowe
I like your original selection!
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happyasaclam
It's crunch time and you're getting cold feet! The original piece is the most natural looking of all of your choices. Stop and think about why you chose it in the first place. There is something about it that you love. Come on, admit it!
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dcombe
the white or off white needs to be a cleaner line without crevices and island would look stunning if you did dark wood paneled island with butcher block chunky design modular if you can get it would look stunning with the stone you have chosen
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dcombe
original granite is BEST and the floor is great and very in style - if you can't change cabinet doors/ (maybe you can keep color and change style) then it works- additional time with opposite complementary dark brown island to further highlight your stone but would use different counter top for island maybe cesarstone and wood combo
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Renee
Stick with the original! It is beautiful on its own and especially with the cabinets and floor.
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SOMIYA TILES & COUNTERTOPS
No, I think this granite is beautiful. It has those random big swirls and it will look very nice on the island. Just make sure your flooring does not have a busy multi color pattern.
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Keyscook
I like your first choice. In my current kitchen, the parts of my granite that are small and crumbly looking are really boring to me now. The larger swaths of gorgeous stone are definitely more interesting and don't get "old" so quickly. Trust your first choices.
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armipeg
First granite looks better.
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Michael Lee, Inc
Very nice choices go for it!
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Emily Tait Designs
I really like your original choice or the Typhoon Bordeaux. As long as your kitchen stays relatively clutter free, I don't think your first choice is too busy at all.
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roboup
I agree with most of the comments, the very first is best, by the way what is it called, u may consider a slightly darker floor, name of the first granite
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huttonxs3
Gorgeouse not to busy at all..
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Elizabeth Reilly
The name of the first granite is Crema Delicatus. It is the only one that I haven't seen (can't find) a slab to view. If you look that granite up on Houzz, you'll see what I mean about black blotches. This granite varies greatly from slab to slab it seems. That alone may make it null and void. The Typhoon Bordeaux slab is really beautiful. It doesn't have too much red, which is my preference. I'd like ti stay with the floor color. Any darker and the space feels less warm and casual, which is what I'm going for.
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lvstotrvl
Don't second guess yourself, go with your first choice it's great!
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0825sam
If you can't see a slab of the first one then I would be hesitant to use it since you are seeing photos you don't like. This is the same reason I cancelled my counter order. I had also liked the original best but my second would be the typhoon Bordeaux. If you saw that in person and love it go for it.
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Beverly Wright-Juste
Don't change a thing. This combo is perfect. The granite fits with the solid colors, so it won't be too busy.
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Okanagan Dream Builders Ltd.
I really like your first choice in granite. The cabinets are great and would look great with the ORB or a Brushed Nickel Finish handles. I am not sure if its how light that flooring is it looks that way in the picture. I would tend to go with a the deeper hue for the flooring such as the one under the one we are looking at in a 5" wide plank. Hand Scraped is a nice option as well, you just have to be careful of which wood species you choose. Some can have a lot of grain to them. Choose wisely on the backsplash, I put in a plain subway tile and hated it had it ripped out right away. I tend to lean towards the lineal glass back splashes in a very soft color palette but not the glass that is all shiny. So far your doing great! Can't wait to see the finished kitchen.
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dclostboy
If you go with first, fabricator should be able to get pics of slabs before shipping or provide you firsthand viewing for counter layout. It's one of the percs you should get for going with premium.
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catfergi
I love your first combination... if you are concerned about the amount of granite over taking everything opt for a ceaser stone or quartz that comes in a nice neutral colour that will compliment the look. Use the granite on the either the wrap around counter top or on the island, but not both, then use the quartz on the other surface. I suggest SH145 St.Helens White from Radianz. Then use a warm color on the splash. Something in a warm grey/tawnie color.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Very nice.
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cmarquardt1
Also, it may be helpful to view it with a neutral backdrop as opposed to leaning it against another wood that won't be in the kitchen...maybe take another photo of it with the granite piece horizontal and from another angle...it does seem that a lot of people that responded really like this look!!
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Elizabeth Reilly
Okanagan, tell me more about the glass backsplash you like. It sounds lovely, but can't picture it very well. I was thinking the pillow subway tile, but maybe not?
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I am working on a project as we speak, I will upload the back splash and hopefully it will give you some ideas. I will post it shortly.
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John James O'Brien - Design for Inspired Living
Assuming a complementary architectural aspect, I like your choices. The width of the floor boards and traditional panels present a sense of history with the stone providing an updated visual element that is just right--with the simpler floor and monochromatic colour scheme, a "safer" choice could easily lack visual impact and bore you in short order. Well done, IMO.
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The one that seems to go with everything. The one closest to the carpet.
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catfergi
What about these?
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catfergi
2nd from the bottom with your combination would be a nice tie in!
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dclostboy
Because of the life of the granite, I'd really recommend a solid back splash. Something like this, maybe.
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mennenc
What about a marble top?
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Elizabeth Reilly
I like marble but it isn't as easily maintained as granite, especially if it is a lighter color. I like my red wine, but marble does not LOL. Yes, agree the backsplash has to be very simple. It looks like the original choice of granite isn't available anywhere where I can go see it, so I'm thinking the Typhoon Bordeaux now. The picture here doesn't do it justice. I ordered the floor today and it will be delivered Monday - Yeah! it will be 4" thick boards. The picture of the floor here looks brighter than it actually is for those of you who were wishing for a darker wood.
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Elizabeth Reilly
here are other pics of the typhoon bourdeaux. the attached pics on these houzz threads don't look that great for some reason. blurry.
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Francis G
It's hard to offer an opinion without fully understanding your tastes or the overall décor/design of the adjacent rooms or what look/feeling you are going for. If you are going or a more formal, classy feel and a traditional look, your selection is probably fine. If you hadn't already ordered the cabinets, would have asked if you wanted the counter to be the focal point and stand out - if so, a simpler door design would have made the stone pop more.
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missadrian
The granite and floor complement each other but the cabinets should be a softer white
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Elizabeth Reilly
Francis, good point. I'm definitely a traditional girl. Most of my other rooms have neutral tones (beige, rustic orange, yellow, brown). I love warm colors and comfortable (yet classy) rooms. I have little to no clutter (except for all the crap I hide inside of drawers LOL). I'm not sure that I'm looking for anything to really pop in the new kitchen. I want it to be warm and welcoming, but classy traditional as well. I'll have a wolf range top, and double wall ovens (micro-oven combo unit) and fridge all in stainless steel with ORB hardware on the bone cabinets.
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Elizabeth Reilly
Here's a good pic of what my granite slab of typhoon bordeaux looks like.
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lvstotrvl
It's very pretty, always good to have a back-up plan. I think your cabinets will look great!
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Precision Granite & Marble
As somebody that works with customers everyday with the same dilemma your in,I agree with most of the above comments. Stick to your original choice and do not overstress it to much. Having said that, doing this is an investment and and you need to walk in to your kitchen and go "oh my God i love it!" dont just settle for the less expensive option. Think of the bigger picture, close your eyes, see your cabinets-light and lots of it, paint color, lighter shade? Granite offers the intrest factor and the backsplash will offer a subtle complement to pull off the rest. Try keep the backsplash very toned down and if you need to put in accent pieces that complements granite keep it minimal. Endless possabilities out there in terms of backsplash materials. A mother of pearl backsplash could pull out mother of pearl out in the granite and make it very tastefull, light and not too busy. Good luck with the decision making. Keep the edge detail toned down on the granite. Eased edge or a 1/4 round (more forgiving in terms of chipping) and make sure to ask your fabricator to put a 1/4 bevel on the inside of your sink cutout. You should be happy for years!
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cindyguent
The absolute cream granite is beautiful also and appears to have more white in it if you are looking to coordinate with your cabinetry. I love the black in it also. Will you be using black for accents?
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Elizabeth Reilly
cindyguent, no one has brought up the absolute cream choice yet. that happens to be my husband's favorite. but he loves the typhoon as well. Probably not black accents. I haven't thought about accents yet. There will be a lot of stainless steel though (on major appliances and counter appliances. Precision Granite, thank you for your insight. curious about the 1/4 inch bevel on the sink cut-out. What is that for?
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1/4 inch bevel on inside of the sink is more forgiving in terms of washing dishes over time banging pots and pans that will chip the inside edge of granite on sink area. That is provided you are going with an updated undermount sink look. We do it as a standard on all undermount sink cutouts.
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Judiwithani
Pretty choices. Like all granite choices and think absolute cream will look good if using granite on counters and island. Also matches flooring better. Would try more off white color for cabinets, ones shown look too bright.
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johsmi
I am going through the same researching for our kitchen remodel and I love all three of your choices. My only different choice is the Shaker cabinets style but I do like yours too and you haven given me pause.I think you will love the hardwood floors as well. I have not moved as far along as you in considering back splashes but I think I lean toward a subway tile. Something kind of plain. Let the granite shine for you. Good luck and enjoy your beautiful new kitchen!
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Elizabeth Reilly
Can't change the cabinets or the floors- they are already purchased. I know some think that the cabinets are too white. I don't get as much natural light in the kitchen as I would like, and I am definitely one to use dimmers on the lights at night, so I think they'll be okay. They are definitely not white, they are kind of like a bone color. I admit they do look brighter in the photo. We'll see what they look like when they come out of their boxes that are piled high in my dining room!
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Cheryl Makaro
I like the granite and door style. I too am not a fan of the floor choice. Too orange toned.
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johsmi
Like you we have a dark kitchen with little natural light. That's why I like white cabinets. Love all your choices.
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sbrustein
Embrace the amiability in your granite. That's what makes it a natural stone rather than Caesarstone or silestone. My granite I really variable. Some parts I like more than others- so when you pick your slabs, see if you can allocate certain parts for where on the countertop you want them to be. This is my variability-
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sbrustein
Ok- that's variabilty- autocorrect is making me crazy!
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Mean Design
A fine choice.
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Looks perfect to me ! No e job -
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catieb
You keep showing photos of granite choices, but I take it these are not of the actual slabs from the stoneyard? I agree the very first selection was most pleasing with cabs and floor....but at this point in time you need to be making selections from actual slabs.

If you were my client we would go to the stoneyard and make a selection for the island first. And i would strongly encourage you to go with a piece that has beautiful pattern in it that you just LOVE! With the size of your island, it is vital that you love the piece........all other considerations are window dressing. After that is selected if you feel you have enough drama and beauty in the kitchen THEN it's the right time to make a different choice for the straight runs of counter top. Either same granite with less movement or a manufactured product that reads as a color.

In short, I'm saying that you're looking at natural product and cannot make a selection from photos. Take all your cab/flr samples to the stoneyard - the decision will become very obvious.
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Elizabeth Reilly
Hi Catieb,

these are all pics that I took of the actual slabs. I agree that I need to love the island, and it is such a huge presence in the kitchen, so I'm being careful. After all of the granite that I have seen, I know some things. I don't like red or too much movement. I also want to go lighter on the color, and am not looking for a ton of contrast. I'm going for a light and airy feeling in the kitchen. I definitely don't want a consistent boring pattern like venetian gold, but I'm also weary of the Jackson Pollack type of some of the Delicatus. I'm going to do one more run out to some new distributors and look at the following slabs of granite. If anyone has worked with these, can you give me your thoughts? I found pics of these on Houzz and liked them.

Solarius
White Persia
Arandis
Dahlia White
Latinum
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Tile Circle
Beautiful!!! Be sure to keep your backsplash very simple since there is a lot of movement in the granite. Stick to one color.
www.tilecircle.com
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wilsonpark2
It is so easy to second guess yourself and that is not usually a good thing to do, so your first choice may be the best. My only concern would be choosing a granite by type and not choosing your exact slab. We have chosen probably 4 different granites over the years for different rooms/houses and have alway chosen THE slab we would be using. A little scary not to see your own slab first since there can be so much natural variation in granite. Any way you can go to a stone yard?
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dschafer1954
I have the same granite with similar cabinets & flooring. It will look beautiful together.
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Lesley Delle_Grazie
As others have said, it's really important to pick out your actual slabs. I have similar flooring and cabinets, although my island will be charcoal, and I looked at the Delicatus as my first choice. However, I was unable to find any slabs that didn't have huge patches of rust in them, which I didn't like. I am going with Dove White granite, and went to the supplier to pick out my slabs, so I know what I'm getting.
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beachmeadows
Your first choices are perfect!! The island is where you can shine and hit it with your favourite stuff. Make sure you have lots of big drawers in it..a real bonus! I love your choices..going to be fresh and always current!
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Elizabeth Reilly
I'm having the same problem Lesley Dell-Grazie. I can't find a delicatus slab that is similar to the sample I posted a pic of with the cabinet and floor. The ones I see are too blotchy as well. I,ve been to 3 stone yards and am going to 3 more next week.
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Colour Theory
I think your granite is terrific! Your flooring is fine with it but I feel the cabinet door is too ornate and too bright a white. I agree with 'iamjudy's comment early on...simple shaker profile & darker cream colour. ( the brighter white makes your granite look dirty)
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beachmeadows
I dont agree that it will make the granite look dirty. She can't change the cabinets she has them in her home. I believe there are no rules when you love something. When you walk into someones home that they put what they love into it, it shows. Lots of times, I've seen decorating and its so matchy and boring..you see the home in a swipe of the eye. When someone decorates their home with what they love and love the home, way more interesting.
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ghel
I love your original choices in the granite, cabinets and flooring.
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Kate
I like all your choices. I think you can use the granite you selected everywhere, however to make it feel a little warmer I suggest using a different surface on the island. Perhaps a honed black granite.
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barknwoof
Whatever granite you pick, make sure that you pick out the actual slabs and work with them in placing the templates. This will allow you to emphasize the parts of the granite that you like the most. It makes a huge difference.
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Lesley Delle_Grazie
I have a feeling, Elizabeth, that your cabinet doors are the same colour as mine; mine are called "Shell" from Kitchencraft. Many other companies use the same "antique white" but call it something different. They always look much whiter in photos than they really are and I think you will love them.

There are other granites with the same colours as the Delicatus; try White Dove, Alpinus, Alaska White, and Splendour White. While I like the Bordeaux, I found that there was too much red and peach in the slabs I saw. Keep in mind that many of the suppliers have different names for the same thing, so when they're leading you around to show you what you think you want, ask if you can browse the aisles. Also ask if they have any other slabs outside if you can't find what you want inside. Sometimes they have slabs that are cut from further along in the quarry that don't have the rusty patches. Small patches of rust could be avoided or placed in a discreet area when the counter-tops are fabricated, so make sure you're around when they do the actual layout on your slabs.
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lafleda
Hi there. I certainly understand your concerns because i had the same concerns when we built our house 1 year ago. But it turned out very beautifully. So use what you fell in love with in the first place and enjoy.
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texas_girl
I love your first choices. For a small bathroom, I chose River White. It is light and very neutral with a flowing pattern. I don't know if that would work for you. I was surprised to find that granite in several of the Parade of Homes houses. I love all the browns and beiges, but I prefer greys and cooler colors for my spaces. I think you will make the right decision by going with what you love! Great job!
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vkilpatrick
The cabs are not "busy" but rather ornate IMO. I agree that a very simple, single colour tile (subway or other) would be lovely.
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Sherri Jordan
I like the second granite with your cabinet and flooring choices. The second granite not only picks up the cabinet color, it also picks up more of the flooring color to give you a warm blending effect as your eye is drawn up from the floor to the cabinets.
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williemokes
Elizabeth, I love your choices but would not put the granite on the countertops and the island. I would use the granite on the island, it is lovely. I would then look for something with very little pattern for the countertops. I love the cabinets and the flooring.
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Elizabeth Reilly
Sherri, do you mean the Absolute cream?
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Candace Bordelon
When designing kitchens, I always ask my clients: What do you want to be the star of your kitchen? When people walk in, what do you want them to see? The granite is beautiful but the cabinet door style is VERY elaborate and I think the two fight each other. If the cabinets are already in production and you can't change to a simpler style, then I would go with a more subtle granite. Also, you don't have a back splash example here for us to see, so that could make a big difference as well. All too often I see busy granite with busy back splash tile and they fight each other. It's like a woman wearing too many accessories, or too much makeup.
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sarawaide
Lafleda, I love the color of your floor. Would you share material and color.
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datdamwuf
Everyone told me to pick the granite then the back splash tile. Now that I've done it I really wish I had gone the other way round. If I had a do over I'd pick my tile and take it and the cabinet door to the stone showroom to pick my granite. Just my personal preference after going through this.
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wegiemom
I love your original choices -- I would put it in my kitchen. Simple backsplash. You're done.
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cp20854
I just redid my kitchen after a fire and had two weeks to pick everything. White shaker cabinets, white ice granite... Which is gorgeous.. Espresso wood floors in entire house. I love that the granite is unique. Still have to pick backsplash thinking white subway tiles with small trim.
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cp20854
Espresso floors
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Iliana Agelakos
I would not use two different granites. If you want a different countertop on the island, butcherblock or a different material, is ok. But if they are both granite, it s like if you added the island afterwards and tried to march the countertop with a previously existing one. Different cabinets on the island is ok if you like. Also, your cabinets are really gorgeous and unique and your floor choice is perfect. Go for the slab that you like, you will be living in it. Trust yourself, thus far the choices you have commited to are excellent.
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Iliana Agelakos
I would also pick the backsplash and the granite at the same time. Much easier to match then if you already chose one or the other. I suggest bringing a couple of backsplash choices with you on granite search. You won t regret it.
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Elizabeth Reilly
I will use the same granite on both the counters and island. I won't have a ton of counter space as one of the walls will be all cabinets, wall ovens, and a floor to ceiling pantry. I will definitely use a simple backsplash, with the possibility of a simple design under the hood vent. Since I can't find a delicatus slab that isn't so busy, I'll go on another slab hunt tomorrow. Typhoon is probably out as I don't really want the red in the granite. I did order the floors and they arrive tomorrow and will be installed next Monday! The cabinets have arrived and are in boxes in the living room!
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rosebud3
Just my opinion and what I would do. If I couldn't pick the slab for the crema....I'd go with the typhoon. It does seem to pick up the floor coloring. Like you, I like a warm feeling kitchen. I do think butcher block would be an option for the island.
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dclostboy
I have a feeling it's a good thing that progress is starting to force a decision. You've done your erase arch and it will turn out beautiful.
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panamstew
I have giallo napoleon in my kitchen and it is beautiful! I would go for that granite over the others and it would look great with your cabinets!
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lafleda
My floor colour is Coffee, the cabinets are off white - benjamin Moore White Dove, and the granite countertop is a mix of off white, dove grey, black and brown. When you look at a small sample of cabinet, colour, and countertop, it is overwhelming. But when it all comes together, it looks great. Good luck wigh your decisions. Btw, a wood floor aleays warms up a light coloured kitchen.
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Susan
Pick up that dark brown grain in the granite for the floor!
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cp20854
I would make the floors darker as well, but it depends what is on the floors in the rest of the house.
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adp3
I like your first choice the best. When I remodeled, I wanted to get away from any tans or creams in the granite because I thought it doesn't compliment the white cabinets. I looked for granite with a pure white background. I found Imperial blue granite. I used a plain white subway so it did not compete with the granite that already has enough pattern. Just food for thought! If you are going for a classic look, your cabinets will look lovely.
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Elizabeth Reilly
I had done that originally Susan, but felt the look was too formal, and not as welcoming for my taste.
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kalieryorman
I am a kitchen designer and my parents own a custom cabinet business. I have been in thousands of kitchens. I think this will be beautiful!!!
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Leslie O'Malley
I redid my kitchen a few years ago and took the granite off the island and used butcher block, I LOVE how it looks so much more than the granite! That said...I have french limestone floors. A friend of mine did the same, AND she has wood floors and it looks warm, and fabulous!
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Kristin Jacobson-Brown
I just finished my kitchen with very similar materials, here is an idea of what it will look like when it is put together...the island wall is yet to be painted to match the island cabinets and the perimeter walls will be panted a grey/blue to match the colored in the back splash...
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adp3
Elizabeth, if you can find photos of lots of white kitchens with granite counters, see the finished products and what appeals to you the most. It will help in making your choice.
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constott
Go with your gut. If the granit is bothering you, keep shopping. A richer, deeper color of granit would be much more striking
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paulaogriofa
I like your first choice but would offer an alternative to the granit if still in doubt. Ceased stone has a new color called Piatra Grey ( a grey with an off white veining). That is both understated and beautiful allowing you to be a little more creative with your backsplash:)
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Susan Birden
I like your original choices. I just upgraded my kithcen with very similar cabinets and granite, but to make the countertop granite "pop" and not be overwhelming, I used absolute black granite on the island and I am very happy I did! There can be "too much of a good thing" with granite that has a lot of movement to it, it ends up with that "busy" not "balanced" look I think we all strive for. Good luck!
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renkildegaard
I selected a similar colorway when we remodeled our kitchen last year - white cabinets, white subway tile, wood floors in a medium brown, and what I feared would be an overly busy black/grey/white patterned granite for counter tops. I could not picture what the finished project would look like as we made our selections, but I am happy with how it all pulled together in the end. One thing I wish I had been more aware of with granite is how reflective it is. Consider all your light sources reflecting on your granite. If you want less "shine", consider a different material.
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Heidi
I love the contrast. Do you plan on running the granite as a backsplash as well? I think you have a nice balance of bold with the warm flooring. The white/off white cabinets create a nice break between the cold granite and warm flooring. If you're worried about the granite being to "cold" maybe try a granite that has a warm beige or gold color fleck or vein running through it.
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Elizabeth Reilly
@Lesley O'Malley

I'd love to see pictures if you have them
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Elizabeth Reilly
@adp3

Agreed, I think I have looked at 100s on houzz!
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thekelick1
What is the name of the granite? I think your choices are spectacular!
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Elizabeth Reilly
@susan Birden

I agree that too much busy granite will not work, that's why I want something tamer, but not too boring. I do like Black granite, just not in my kitchen. I'm ripping it out now because it's so hard to keep looking clean with teenage boys in the house. I need something that helps to hide some of the little messes so I don't get all worked up all the time :0) I have had ventian gold in another home before which did the trick, but the granite was very boring.
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Elizabeth Reilly
@piccolodonna

No, I won't do a granite back splash in the same material. I had that in my old home put in by previous owner, and really didn't like the look. If I can convince my husband, I think that I would like a muted subway tile - color will depend on granite choice.
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alwaysdesigning
I like your choices. I prefer granite that is not speckly, myself. Go with what YOU love. We honed our granite which turned out great. Uba Tuba that was shiny black in the showroom is now a nice dark grey with specks of silver mica sparkle in my kitchen, with a Jeffrey Court copper and slate backsplash. Good luck.
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Elizabeth Reilly
@thekelick1

The name of the granite is Crema Delicatus. But I'm having a problem finding a slab of it to view as I guess it isn't prevalent out there right now. so I'm looking for a different one now.
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alwaysdesigning
I like your choices. I prefer granite that is not speckly, myself. Go with what YOU love. We honed our granite which turned out great. Uba Tuba that was shiny black in the showroom is now a nice dark grey with specks of silver mica sparkle in my kitchen, with a Jeffrey Court copper and slate backsplash. Good luck.
    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 11:21AM
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jmpjmp
I think the granite is fine with the cabinets but a little less busy might be good (go to where they have the granite slabs and pick the exact ones you like). I would, however, use a somewhat darker floor. Your raised panel cabinets are a wonderful vintage "transitional" style, so recommend downplaying modern stainless steel etc. where you can.
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rabhimself
The door it too much. To many details crammed into one door. Thin down the rails or go to a single bead along the outside. Love the counter top choice.
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mkhodges
Elizabeth...even after hearing all these beautiful options that you have been given, I still lean toward your original selections. My floor and cabs are similar in color and I did use butcher block for a small island. I'm not crazy about my black granite but consider it timeless. It adds much more sparkle than shows in pic Oh...my next project is removing short black granite backsplash and adding white subway tile.
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Barbara Myslinska
I think dark wood floors would add more dimension to your kitchen:)
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tidik
I just saw granite similar to what you are choosing at a design center and it was leathered. It was beautiful and so much nicer than the shiny polished granite.
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amydave1
Mkhodges,
I really like your cabinets. Can you tell me what brand they are?
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Elizabeth Reilly
@tidik

I don't know what "leathered" granite is. sounds interesting
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Elizabeth Reilly
@amydave1

My cabinets are Thomasville Camden Cotton finish. I don't think they are really all that busy. The pictured door is a tiny door, and I won't have any that tiny in my kitchen. The smaller the door, the busier it looks I would imagine.
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jfaulk
Why not something other than granite, like a more calming ceasar stone in white or grey? Granite is becoming dated. When home builders start using granite in all their homes along with stainless steel appliances, it's time to move away from it.
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Shirley Chase
I like your choices and would add a pop of color here and there. ie. a red/aqua/orange bowl or utensil holder, just a thing or two with a bright color/highlight.
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mkhodges
Elizabeth, I don't think your cabs are too busy either since they appear to be solid off white. Mine (pic above) have a mocha glaze which brings out detail even more. I think that ours differ in detail a bit but not much.

One thing you might do since you have the cabs boxed in your LR is open one and compare the granite pieces to the actual cab. Is that possible?
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linban
lafleda, do you know the name of your granite? I love it.
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farmgirlmiranda
I have same color of granite with dark cabinets and African teak floor it looks good together.
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homedecorating2013
I love the granite with the white cabinets but the floors should be in a darker color then the one you chose.
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joywal
no I think it is enough to spice up an otherwise quiet combination.
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Leslie O'Malley
I do not think the floor should be darker
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Toxchick
I have almost the exact granite in my current kitchen with cherry cabinets. Light cabinets on the wall and dark on the island. I love it! Everyone comments on his great the granite is. We have cream travertine looking backsplash. Your cabinets aren't busy, they are custom and high end. :)
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Elizabeth Reilly
@toxchick

I would love to see a picture of your kitchen!
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amlyd
I believe I have the same granite and I absolutely love it. Do you know the name?
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mjk113
I love the granite. I am re-doing my kitchen and am going to do white cabinets. Can you tell me the name of the granite. Please share this information with me m1o1m3@aol.com
    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 6:02PM
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Elizabeth Reilly
Granite is Crema Delicatus
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thea8873
i liked your first choice for granite the best and think it will look very beautiful and also formal. I didn't like the floor color and thought darker would be better with that granite and the elegant look you will get using that style door front:).
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terolynl
Go with what you like. A lot of people would hate my kitchen choices but I love them. I am the one that has to live with it and work in it. Unless you know you will sell within the next 3-5 years it should be a room with which you are happy. If you are third or forth guessing yourself then there is something in the mix that is "off". (We all second-guess ourselves....) If you figure that out - you'll be fine!
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jillgriffin
Stick with your first choices if you love them. They are beautiful! I just did my kitchen and had a nagging doubt about my backsplash and changed it at the last minute to the one in the back of my mind that I REALLY wanted and am soooooo glad I did. You know what you love and you should definitely go with it. Your original granite choice is far more sophisticated than the alternated choices.....
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sweethomecolumbia
I love your choices and agree with others re: pillowed white subway tile backsplash. You might consider painting your island a contrasting colour like grey to add depth and dimension. Good luck- it will be gorgeous.
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TheWong AndOnly
Alaska White Granite, Manhattan Madison 2x8 glass, Omega Cherry River Onyx.
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cazzz45
love your first choice..love it.
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petronellaroth
I have quartz counter tops in my kitchen full of veins of crystal and various inclusions with plain tiles and wooden cabinets with no profile with stainless steel handles, stove, extractor hood ect. The quartz adds a bit of charactar and matches the colour of the steel without being dead.
I dont care too much for the fussy, dead white cbinet doors with it.
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macgrill
I gutted my kitchen a few years ago. All my cabinets were custom made, painted Farrow and Ball's color "Tallow" with a Van Dyke brown glaze. My island was also custom made painted F&B color "Rectory Red" with the same glaze. I used an absolute black granite on all the counters with a black Kohler porcelain sink. The backsplash is a crackled glazed subway tile. On the red island, I used a very busy slab granite with huge swaths of colors, including red and black to make the biggest impact. I added another Kohler sink. This type of slab granite would not have looked good cut up into counter sized pieces.

I love your choices and would ignore those people who dislike our "busy" cabinets. Perhaps you could think about putting a solid color on the counters and paint your island a color that would pick up the main color in your slab piece. It was a good solution for me when I went through this exact same dilemma.
Please post the after photos. I think your kitchen will be beautiful!
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bozena89
your first pics are really cool! can't wait to see what it looks like once finished!
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berwyn05
We have just finished a home renovation. The style of my house is different to yours but I have off white cabinets and also struggled with the choice for counter tops. Eventually we decided to have the island in the patterned granite and have the outer counter tops in a darker uniform granite that picked up the swirling black streak on the island. Our color scheme is back, gray and off white. We are extremely happy with the outcome and our kitchen always gets many positive comments
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darbarollins
Don't worry about your white cabinets. My kitchen is much the same size as yours with very little natural light (one smallish window over the sink). I love dark wood cabinetry, but I knew it would darken the room even more so I decided on white. My contractor advised me to choose the brightest white I could find and I couldn't be more pleased. My taste is very simple, so my cabinets simply have a recessed panel (I also thought that style would be easier to clean). The white cabinets are perfect with my dark granite and natural stone backsplash. You're doing the right thing by placing the components side-by-side for comparison. If you like the overall look of the samples when placed side-by-side, you will like the final result. I went with the same granite on my island that I used on my countertops. I had considered a butcher block top, but am really glad I went with the same granite. It makes everything look all pulled together. There are so many choices out there that it is really easy to begin second-guessing yourself and get confused. It's like going into a new restaurant with a 10-page menu - I never can decide what to order. You made your original choices for a reason. If you like them, then stick with them.
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Elizabeth Reilly
Since the original choice is not available anywhere, this is my new favorite what do you think??
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gypsyrose17
I like it, when they fabricate anything with distinctive portions being different than others they involve the customer in the cuts so you can choose what goes where.
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love2browse
I have the exact same style of door from Omega, but in a cherry. If it's not too late I would recommend adding a glaze for two reasons. The glaze gets hung up in the details and adds a richness to the doors. The doors take a little longer to clean because of all the details and the glaze could help hide dirt. It's been 7 years since my remodel and one of my regrets is not doing the glaze.
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Elizabeth Reilly
I did think about the glaze, but it would have made the cabinets even more busy looking, which I didn't want. Too late anyway - cabinets are in boxes in my living room!
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patrice1484
Your first granite choice is unusual and not a typical choice. It will have that Wow factor everytime you enter the room, so go with your instincts and stick with your first choice. The medium oak colour floor is lovely, but will dominate the space because you look down onto a large expanse. What about using the same width plank but use a wood that has a gray wash. This works better with the granite's gray tones but still has the lovely grain.

Railway tiles in a bonded brick pattern may be too fussy with the granite's veining. What about using a glass splashback in the soft gray of the granite veining and have a sandblasted finish to take off the high gloss shine of smooth glass?

Alternatively, you might want to consider a splashback in the cooking area only, with upstands everywhere else, all in the granite. The walls above the upstands can be finished in a scrubbable paint.

There is some beige in the granite as well as greys, so you have a good choice of metal finishes to choose from for your cabinet hardware. Pewter would work well ,as would bronze. The door design calls for a more traditional style, either handle or knobs or both.

Your kitchen will look terrific. May we see it when it's done, please?
    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 4:30PM
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Elizabeth Reilly
Hi Patrice1484, thanks for your advice. Unfortunately, I can't find a slab of my original choice and will probably go with the last choice I pictured today. I've already purchased the floor - it is a Maple, 4 inch wide board - same as the original floor I showed. Any advice on those materials?
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catieb
Too bad they can't find a slab for you anywhere.

I think the first choice has an OOH!!!! factor.....this choice has an AH! factor. You won't be sorry; it will look just fine and you can put a little more oomph into your backsplash. (oh goodie.....another selection to make!)

Seriously - you've done a great job of trying to hunt down the dream, after all that work I think the only question you have to ask yourself is: Will I walk in and say to myself: "this should have been the other granite". If you don't think you'll do that, then go with this. If you think you'll have those thoughts each time, then my suggestion is to go after something completely different. Consider solid surface material.

I've learned - if you can't use the first solution, don't make do. You'll end up with a better final product if you step back, take a breath and rethink the entire look for a few mintues. Open your mind up to some new possibilities. And I'll bet you come up with something that makes you even happier.
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Elizabeth Reilly
there is also this one, which is lovely, but completely different.
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catieb
OOOOOOHHHH!!!!!!!!
YES! love it!!!!
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catieb
What is the name of that?
It is just gorgeous....that would look so beautiful.
How can you NOT do it????
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Tile Circle
Stunning!! And definitely more versatile than the others.
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Elizabeth Reilly
I wasn't going anywhere near this look to begin with. I just happened upon this slab and said "ooooh" that's pretty. But I thought I needed more contrast with the white cabinets. It doesn't look washed out with the white cabinets? No? I'm no designer!
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Elizabeth Reilly
the name is Taj Mahal
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greendeborah67
I think it is really pretty. It's more important what you think you have to live with it
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zx10grrrl
Oh my gosh I absolutely love it! I think the cabinets going all the way to the ceiling will keep it from being busy. BTW what kind of granite is that??
    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 7:38PM
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Elizabeth Reilly
Its called Taj Majal
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catieb
Definitely not washed out. High stylin'!
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jackkate2
That looks like madre perla or perla venata quartzite .. I just chose sea pearl quartize 2 weeks ago for my new white cabs and espresso island . I wanted the look of marble without the maintenance and researched on houzz and found this option. It is much less busy than granite and i wanted a soft /calm feeling in my kitchen with the focus on my cabs...i think it would be stunning but your granite choices looked great too. My cabs are much brighter than your's so you have more granite options than i did...
    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 8:23PM
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armipeg
When I choose a design or color, I start thinking there should be a better looking one out there. But before I go nuts, I just stick with choosing from 2 or 3 I like and finish the job. At the end either I LIKE it or I learn to like it. I still like your very first choice of the granite with the large pattern.
    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 9:53PM
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pjstreeter
I like you original granite choices! Maybe a bit darker on the floors though. Go with what you feel Elizabeth! I just did this too!
    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 10:03PM
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devory
Loove it!!!this brings light in the kitchen. Go for it :)
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Elizabeth Reilly
I've switched threads to a new discussion because people still think that I have the first option available, but I don't. Thanks so much for your thoughts everyone!
    Bookmark   November 26, 2013 at 3:39AM
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YogaJulie
Give up on granite altogether! As designer Maria Killlam says, granite is bossy and busy! This is part of why you are having so much trouble finding one that works, and when you do settle on one, you will find that it dictates your design choices forever, or until you can afford to replace it. Go with quartz in a tighter matrix or a near solid tone, and you retain flexibility in decor choices and a nice, clean look.
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debesl
Cabinets are too white. In order to pick up the brown in the granite, add a coffee color thin line around in the insets of the center panel. Also, go with Vanilla white. Check Kraftmade cabinets. They have a vanilla bean with coffee trim. I think you'll like it better.
    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 7:06PM
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mrr001
There is nothing busy about your cabinets at all. White is not busy. All of your choices are beautiful. I think you need to go with your personality and what makes you feel good. I was set on subway tiles. After choosing a granite with brown, beige, cream, black, my wife and I decided to go with some mini-brick multicolored tiles for the backsplash from Lowes. We like warm tones and chose Restrained Gold by Sherwin Williams for the paint color. We used the same color in the adjoining family room. The warm gold neutral goes with any color and brings out the beauty of your accessories, cabinets, etc. Our cabinets are Navaho White and are outlined with glaze to give it some pop. I have attached a picture. Excuse the somewhat messy Thanksgiving cooking stuff around the kitchen.
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Kaye Mcgann
Love your own choices. I like ghe suggestion of gray backplash tile
    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 5:36PM
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Elizabeth Reilly
Floors are in. I posted a new thread called Kitchen Makeover! If you want to follow along there. The floors look a little lighter than I had hoped they would. Let me know what you think if you visit my thread.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 10:44AM
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Elizabeth Reilly
All done!! Here are some before and afters
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Jessica Habicht
looks very nice!
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happyasaclam
Beautiful! So very clean and light :)
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YogaJulie
Really nice job!
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m3459
Absolutely yummy!! It was worth all the agony...
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abbyjean
Just having your things ON THE COUNTER has to make it feel like home once again.
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abbyjean
Sorry if this was mentioned, but what is the plan for stools at the island???
    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 2:02PM
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saratogaswizzlestick
It looks beautiful. I am glad you persevered and found another great granite.
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mkhodges
Elizabeth....it's beautiful! I'm so glad you have those floors and not darker. Granite/cabs excellent. I think you accomplished a bright, airy, non busy kitchen which is what I prefer also. Now.....just as a "future" suggestion....to add a wow factor...you might paint your ceiling which would highlight everything you have done. Great job.

Sorry...but I just noticed that someone (maybe Amy) asked me about the brand of my cabs which I posted way early in this thread. They were custom built and the paint is matched to my wood trim but with a mocha wash. I didn't mean to ignore...just now realized someone asked me a question. Thanks for the compliment.
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Elizabeth Reilly
@abbyjean

No stools picked out yet. I prefer backless so as to minimize any disruption of traffic flow. Any Suggs?
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Elizabeth Reilly
@mkhodges: what color would you suggest for the ceilings? Don't know if it's doable because all ceilings in the different rooms are connected.
    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 2:54PM
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fmm2
Absolutely love the finished look! I'm in the process of updating my home from the early 90s and would like to know where you ordered your cabinets?
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mkhodges
Elizabeth, I think both you and I like calm and neutral. I can't tell exactly what your wall color is, but I like what I see in that adjoining hallway. Is that same color also over your kitchen window in the pic? If so....that is what I would put on the ceiling, perhaps a tad deeper if you want a little more drama. You could run it right out into that hallway (I'm thinking there would be a stopping place on the hall ceiling?) IMO, the slightly darker ceiling would really show off your trim, cabs, and lights. I love your backsplash, by the way.....there might be a perfect color for the ceiling in that.
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abbyjean
No suggestions right now for the stools, but again, great idea for them to be backless and not disrupt your room. Then also need to consider, as I am sure you also have thought about....kids using them? Need to swivel? Color? Composition? How many? Soooo many things, but you have done far more than this!!!
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Elizabeth Reilly
@fmm2

Thank you. These are Thomasville cabinets ordered thru Home Depot, but installed by a private carpenter.
    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 4:31PM
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Kevin Strader
Elizabeth, the finished product looks super. Good choices. It really looks put together.
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Kathryn Peltier Design
Elizabeth, your kitchen turned out beautifully! I really like the backsplash you selected, both the scale and the color.

As for the stools, I think there are a number of different ways you can go. You could introduce color here, and just about any color would work. However, I have the feeling you want to keep them somewhat low key. Here are a couple of ideas.

These from Overstock are quite nice. I think the frame finish would work because it picks up on the grays and neutrals of the countertop. http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Renate-Linen-Bar-Stools-Set-of-2/7658730/product.html?refccid=JYN47TV4T3JZ5C2BAZEHRTIQYI&searchidx=80

These Ballard stools would be nice and you could select a fabric. That might be a good way to introduce color and pattern without committing to a color on the frame. You can see each fabric on the chair on their website. Scroll down and try the Scrandicci Gray. http://www.ballarddesigns.com/lacquer-louis-stool/292643

The Ballard Marlow in whitewashed frame with Beige Leather might work, too. http://www.ballarddesigns.com/marlow-nail-head-barstool/13088

The color might be better on this Dorchester "rubbed cream" http://www.ballarddesigns.com/dorchester-barstool/13371

The Ballard "Mallory" - you buy the slipcover separately http://www.ballarddesigns.com/mallory-slipcovered-barstool/220244

This is a different look, from Horchow. It is a metal frame with wood seat and huge nailhead trim. These could be stunning! http://www.horchow.com/Wilber-Stools/cprod92330011___/p.prod?icid=&searchType=MAIN&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FNtt%253Dstool%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D60%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=cprod92330011&cmCat=search
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gypsyrose17
A friend has wood (hers are black, but they probably come in various options) backless stools with a slightly curved seat which slide beautifully under the counter and are totally comfortable.
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saratogaswizzlestick
Get a wipe able stool. I host family get togethers and it is a standing joke who will spill on my fabric stools next. Ballard's is on sale and they look nice.
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FeelsLike Heaven
I like more contrast between the cabinets and the countertop. Our vacation rental has black granite and white country cabinets. Can't get more contrast than that :)
    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 4:28PM
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wjsalle
Not crazy about white and grey with a wood floor... Can you do a slate floor?
    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 4:34PM
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mmk63
I would do a really dark floor with very little grain. Maybe an ebony. Counter top and lines of cabinets are busy. Maybe a stone with a little less drama. Less is more.
    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 4:46PM
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melissalee6565
Did you end up going with Taj Mahal , for your granite??? I love the outcome! Gorgeous cabinets! So fresh and airy . You will be pleased with your classic timeless look!
    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 4:54PM
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