Usually quarried in Brazil and India, Black Forest granite is a dramatic black, enriched with sweeping veins of ivory. With its aesthetic appeal, it is a popular choice among home owners, interior designers, and contractors, among others. This granite is on the hefty side, its average price ranging from $22 to $25 per square foot. The granite countertops cost depends on the thickness of the slab, and the color of the mineral deposits on the slab.
The minerals could either come in gold or ivory color. The aforementioned price does not include the installation fee, but some contractors and local suppliers offer the same slabs with installation fee included, per square meter or foot. You might also want to try to install it yourself, if you are cost cutting.
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Black Forest Granite: An in-depth examination
Also known as Nero Foresto Granite and Oscuro Mist Granite, among others, this eye catching stone work is usually quarried from the rich bedrock of India and Brazil. Heavily durable, this stone can sustain freezing temperatures, making it popular for interior projects such as countertops, backsplash, stairs, walls, and floors, and more. This stone is also a popular choice for exterior project including outdoor landscaping projects like outdoor kitchens and patios.
The major factor for its popularity, aside from its durability, is the black forest granite’s aesthetic appeal. The dramatic black granite is swept by ivory and/or gold veins, with the casual flecks on the side. These mineral deposits set it apart from Black Cosmic granite, which is also known for its abundant veins. Black Forest granite comes in two available finishes: polished and honed. The polished finish works best with interior installations such as countertops, as well as ornamental installation. The honed finish, on the other hand, works best with exterior installation, for this finish will not be as susceptible to scratches and general wear and tear.
Black Forest Granite vs Impala Black Granite
Though both dashing, the difference between Black Forest and Impala Black are the mineral deposits visible in its surface. Compared to the Black Forest’s intense ivory veins and gold flecks, Impala Black is more on the subtle side, with its interesting play of mineral deposits. The surface black forest is more eye catching than the latter, so if you are going for the more subtle and casually played look, Impala Black is for you. However, if you are looking for a frisky and playful look, Black Forest Granite will work best for you.
Pair up your Black Forest countertops with:
This pairing is bold, but pairing your Black forFst with black cabinets make a strong statement in the room. The sleek, bold feature of the cabinet, plus the polished and intricate veins and flecks on the granite makes the pairing impossible to not notice. It will go well with any flooring you have, and once played up perfectly, you are definitely going to make a buzz in the neighborhood.
White Cabinets and Furnishings
This is the classic pairing. If you are going for the modern and timeless look, this is the way to go. The former pairing is more on the intense vibe, while this one goes for the subtle one. Pairing white with black is always a safe bet, just like with fashion. The mineral veins and flecks on the granite make the pairing look in unison, with the bold black playing the role of the accent color.
Cherry/ Oak Cabinets and Furnishings
If going for the two extremes (black and white) might be too much for you, going for cherry and oak cabinets will do the trick! This is safer and still does the job. Either way, your room will still look dashing, thanks to the sleek and timeless look of the black forest granite.