For a stylish granite countertop that features flecks of white, gray, beige, and ivory, look no further than the ivory fantasy variety.
Ivory fantasy granite slabs are mined in Brazil, a very large producer of granites in general. This type of countertop is quite easy to care for and very forgiving to stains, thanks to the lovely blend of colors contained therein. The average cost is about $35 per square foot when purchasing a slab, with install a fair price will fall between $60-85 a square foot. Ivory fantasy has a fairly affordable price, making it the perfect choice for those on a budget or looking to outfit a very large kitchen. This countertop is understated, working well with a wide variety of colors and styles.
While ivory fantasy can be used with white, black, or even brightly colored cabinets, it perhaps looks its very best when paired with a warm, medium toned wood such as the ever-popular oak variety. Because oak cabinetry is so popular, ivory fantasy has found its way into many a new home thanks to the fact that so many home builders recognize just how versatile it is. Ivory fantasy is just as at home atop oak, ivory, cherry, or even white or black cabinets, giving the entire room a clean, fresh look. If you opt for a dark cabinets, dark wood floors look lovely with ivory fantasy. With white, cream, or oak cabinets, a warm oak floor is best.
Other Design Details
Many people who opt for ivory fantasy choose to keep things simple by going with a cream colored painted wall, although earth tones such as tans, greens, and browns work well, also. Cream colored backsplashes, either in tile or more granite, add polish and finesse to an ivory fantasy countertop. Appliances that work with ivory fantasy include both stainless steel and black, but white does not work here. To accent the earthiness of the stone, bring in herbs or floral arrangements with lots of greenery.
Fortunately, ivory fantasy is a pretty low maintenance variety of granite, requiring little more than a quick wipe-down with vinegar and water to keep it in shiny and new condition. To avoid cracks, breaks, or other damage, refrain from standing or sitting on your cabinets, because too much pressure applied at a weak spot will split this type of material. Other things to avoid are harsh abrasives, extremes in temperatures, and cleaners that are not specifically designed for use on natural surfaces.
Ivory fantasy granite countertops are a wonderful addition to any new or existing kitchen, giving it that high-end look that so many of us crave. Whether your kitchen is modern, traditional, or transitional, ivory fantasy is an option you should consider. This versatile surface looks great, performs well, and will last for years and years to come.
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