Am I being a coward with the granite?
When we bought this house, one of the big selling points was the custom concrete counters and floors. We loved them! Unfortunately the counters are falling apart. He did the overlay kind, and it is coming apart around the sink, water has gotten in, and it is leaking into the basement. It's also scratched, discolored and warped. So we have to do counters now, and with everything I have going, my brain might explode. Picking granite might be the last straw. We had granite in our last house, and we loved it, so we are going back to what we know and love. I have a gigantic island 5.5'x10.5', another strip along the wall the same length where the range is, and a 4' strip on a built in hutch. The cabinets along the wall are a very red cherry (I don't love the red), the island and hutch are a creamy French white. Our current counter tops are a stormy gray with black and white flecks. The granite that most closely resembles that is New Caledonia, but after reading around, it makes me feel like I'm chickening out in the granite and going with something lame/safe. I've been going to slab yards, and today I saw blue flower, and really loved it: http://www.stonegalleryno.com/color/blue-flower-granite.html#. I've done my house in a variety of blues with some apple green, stormy gray (so the counter color really was perfect) and an occasional splash of red. We are going for a combo craftsman/French cottage look. We don't do super trendy. I was raised that the permanent and expensive pieces like furniture, counters and floors you go neutral and get your color in paint, decor. We are not the kind to continually remodel. We want to get it in and love it for quite a while. I don't want to hate my counters in 5 years. They are going to be expensive, and they are going to stay for a LONG TIME. My favorite color has always been blue, but will I not want it on my counter tops in 5 years? My MIL is still stuck on the hunter green/burgundy/navy trend of the early 90s. Would blue flower granite be like hunter green counter tops forever dating my house? Is new caledonia boring? I also want to make sure I don't get pink undertones in my kitchen with the new caledonia. It can have pink in it. Will the blue flower be too much/too busy on such a big island? I am so tired of making decisions (we've been adding things to the house since we moved in a year and a half ago and we landscaped our almost acre of a yard last summer and we are trying to finalize the basement plan). I just want someone to tell me what to do. I want someone to show me a picture of the completed project in several different ways so I can pick that way. So, am I being a coward by choosing New Caledonia?