Experiences with dark honed granite?

mle14January 5, 2014

Gut renovating a kitchen in a 1920s home. Will be installing white cabinets and medium-stained oak flooring and looking at honed granite for counters as we need a dark to counter all the white and also want the stone to blend in and not take center stage. Have looked at absolute, labarador, angola and jet mist (all black/dark grey) and antique brown. On various threads I have read dark honed counters -- esp absolute black which has minimal pattern -- show the dirt, dust, smudges, etc. more readily than polished with movement. When I mentioned my concerns to staff at the stone retailer and the professional assisting with the kitchen layout/cabinets, neither expressed any issues, but what I have read on the internet still gives me pause. Advice and/or recommendations would be appreciated.

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I wanted honed granite and was talked out of it by the stone fabricator (and DH) for the reasons you mentioned. The fabricator showed me samples of both finishes and the color change was significant on both light and dark stone.

With that being said, do the research and get what YOU want.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 12:47PM
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Dark always shows everything. Honed tends to trap fingerprint oils and be more difficult to clean. Antiqued or leathered dark stone is much more forgiving, but also is more difficult to fabricate well, especially at the seam area. It's also more costly than the same stone that is polished. The softer and lighter grey look can be a nice supporting actor in the kitchen, but only if you are fully prepared to deal with the extra maintenance.

The pros should give you the pros and the cons of any choice, but since they have an interest in making a sale, many gloss over or deny the issues. It's always best to get a sample of the actual material under consideration and make the decision for yourself. And perhaps widen your scope to consider other materials such as a dark wood, or a solid surface. Or laminate. (It doesn't have top tier snob appeal, but it's an incredibly functional material that would work well for you.) Those have drawbacks as well. There is no perfect surface.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 1:22PM
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"Dark always shows everything."

Except when it doesn't. :) I have dark mottled quartz and the only things that show are salt, sugar and flour. I like to keep a super clean and smooth counter and I'm appalled at the number of dried spills I can't see, but later feel when they've dried and hardened.

I love the look of dark counters, esp. with white cabinets as a design choice. But there are two reasons I wouldn't go dark again: 1) hard to see spills, and 2) I prefer a lighter background when I'm working.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 7:33PM
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