Are you in the market for an elegant granite countertop without a lot of excess color? If so, then super white granite is a fantastic choice. Let’s start with the price, if purchasing multiple slabs you can expect the cost per square foot for super white granite to be in the ballpark of $50 a square foot. Having a professional fabricator cut, edge, and install your slab will bring your actual cost to around $75-100 per sq ft. Actually a quartzite, super white originates from quarries in Brazil and is a light grayish white in color with gray veins running throughout each slab. This particular variety of quartzite looks very similar to some types of marble, but it is a bit more durable and affordable. Many home builders and remodelers opt for super white because of its clean, crisp feel and sleek beauty. Additionally, granite countertops can add significantly to the value of your home if you decide to resell it later on down the line.
Decorating With Super White
Because of the basic two-tone coloration of super white, you are somewhat limited when it comes to choosing complementary cabinetry. While some darker wood stains look fine, super white better lends itself to white or off-white cabinets or black stains for a nice, stark contrast. Additionally, you may consider bolder cabinet colors, such as deep reds, blues, or greens, to really highlight the countertop without detracting from its beauty. You will most commonly find super white granite paired with white, black, or deep cherry colored cabinets.
What About the Walls?
If you do decide to go with a white cabinet color, it is best to continue the same color onto the walls for a unified effect. To add color, consider using a colorful back-splash or adding pops of brightness with flowers, towels, and other kitchen accessories. Likewise, super white counters and black cabinets also look best with white walls. You have a little more wiggle room color wise if you use a colored or naturally stained cabinet, but try not to detract from the countertops by creating a palette that is too wild or bright.
All-white kitchens don’t have to extend all the way to the floor, and this is a good place to give the whole thing a little contrast. Opt for a deep cherry wood floor for a sleek look, or keep things pale and airy with a gray or white-gray tile. Black and white tiles arrayed in a pattern also work well with a black and white kitchen and work to continue the theme. The lighter woods, however, may feel like an intrusion, because they are neither pale nor dark enough to complete the overall aesthetic.
Caring for Super White
Because they are so lightly colored, any type of stains or damage may easily show on your super white granite countertop. Take care to avoid extremes in either pressure or heat to keep it from cracking or chipping. You should also not use harsh abrasives or cleaners that are not suitable for stone on this type of counter. Look for chemical or natural formulations that are specifically suited to stone counters. With a little planning and forethought, you can create a beautiful kitchen in which super white countertops are the focal point of the room. Yes, they are expensive – nearly $80 a square foot on average – but they are well worth it for the elegance they bring to your home.
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