The average price for absolute black granite countertops ranges from $18-22 per square foot which is on the cheap side when it comes to granite, this number varies slightly depending on your local supplier. To clarify, this does not include installation. You want to tack on an additional $25 per square foot for the fabrication, edging, and install bringing you a more accurate total for your job of $43-47 per square ft.
The installation price can vary a little bit, it comes down to how hard it is to match the seams in your slabs, when you have an extremely busy granite, the seams are exponentially more difficult. Thus accounting for the higher installation prices your going to be quoted by your local stone dealer, or general contractor.
Based on the average slab size of 9 x 5 and a cost of $18 per sq ft, the slab price for absolute black granite will run $810 on average.
Absolute Black with White Cabinets
The clean, calm look of absolute black will make matching your countertops with a cabinet very easy. From my time working in the building industry, I can tell you the most popular choice to match with a clean black countertop is white, ivory, or cream colored cabinets. The contrast between the white cabinets and the black granite really pops and makes visitors take notice of both kitchen components. Then as far as your flooring goes, your options are wide open as dark or light flooring each complement these two choices well.
What About Dark Cabinets?
Going with a light cabinet color with absolute black is definitely in most cases the way to go. However there are exceptions to the rule, typically if you are thinking about matching black granites with a dark cabinet color like black, or grey you are going to need some strong contrasting colors to balance the room. Think tan, white, or other bright colors for your flooring and wall choices, specifically if you have a small kitchen. You have a lot more room for error when your have a large space, but you can easily doom your kitchen renovation by choosing to many dark colors, giving you the feeling you have shrunken your already small kitchen space.
Cherry Cabinets, a Great Compromise
If your looking for a great complimentary color in the middle of the dark and bright spectrum then cherry cabinets may be the ideal fit for your absolute black granite counters. Their are many different shades of cherry cabinets, with some popping more then others. With the many varieties, you have options galore when choosing your flooring and wall colors. In my opinion if your going to go with a dark shade of cherry cabinetry then you want to go with a light floor color to balance the room, or if you choose a lighter shade then you have the option to go with a darker tile or hardwood floor.
Absolute Black Polished vs Honed
If you have done any research up to this point then a valid concern you may have with absolute black granite is it’s susceptibility to streaks and finger-prints. If you have your heart set on absolute black but want less maintenance then you can go with absolute black honed. With the honed finish you get a look similar to soapstone without the veining. The look and feel is definitely very different and isn’t for everybody but if your not a fan of wiping your countertops down daily then your should strongly consider going with the honed finish instead of the more widely use polished.
Absolute Black Leathered, Add Character with This Textured Finish
While polished and honed finishes are more prevalent in most households, you can add some uniqueness to your kitchen countertops by going with a leathered finish. Cleaning is a non issue, it doesn’t stain or etch and it appears rough but is still smooth to the touch. You can be sure that visitors will be asking you questions about your leathered countertops as the finish is so rarely used.
So Many Options, Choose Wisely
Make sure to take into account all the variables that I pointed out above. Do you want to go with a polished, honed, or leathered finish? Have you already chosen a flooring color, well then you want to make sure your have a good contrasting cabinet and wall colors. Always be sure to keep your mind on the big picture… countertops, cabinetry, flooring, and wall colors they all need to work together in harmony to deliver you the finished product you desire. Trying to keep things from getting to expensive can be difficult, so be sure to prioritize whats most important to you in your kitchen with it’s your cabinetry or countertops, and start from that point.