countertops & sink help, pleeeez!!
I have been going around & around and have spent countless hours reading the wonderful and informative posts here but I still canÃ¢ÂÂt come to a decision about a LOT of things so IÃ¢ÂÂm hoping for some help from all of you.
IÃ¢ÂÂm refurbishing my kitchen because itÃ¢ÂÂs so old and IÃ¢ÂÂve always wanted a BlueStar range thanks to all of you! =) IÃ¢ÂÂm leaving the current cabinetry to save some money but will be cutting out a cabinet to make room for the range and updating the pull-outs and drawers to that nice soft close stuff.
My problems are with the countertops and sink. I need help choosing the material, is a "busy" granite ok or not and should I go with a white fireclay Franke sink or a copper Rachiele sink?
Countertop: Should I get granite, quartzite or soapstone. I know the pros and cons of each material but I canÃ¢ÂÂt make a decision. I donÃ¢ÂÂt abuse my counters, I donÃ¢ÂÂt cut on them or drop things on them. I donÃ¢ÂÂt have kids, itÃ¢ÂÂs just 2 of us and an occasional large party. I like granite because itÃ¢ÂÂs shiny & reflects light. I donÃ¢ÂÂt like the speckled effect of some granites. I found a nice granite but am wondering if itÃ¢ÂÂs too busy. ItÃ¢ÂÂs called Gazon from Brazil. You can find a photo of it at www.gramar.com. I like quartzite but itÃ¢ÂÂs so expensive! I thought Princess white was absolutely gorgeous, especially with all the little tiny blue & green Ã¢ÂÂgemsÃ¢ÂÂ. I found a really cool soapstone called Green Iron but IÃ¢ÂÂm concerned about the patina over time. Will it be too dark in my dark kitchen in the future.
Countertop color: this is also a big issueÃ¢ÂÂ¦ should I get white, grey, yellow/gold, black, greenÃ¢ÂÂ¦. What?? I have no clue.
Sink: Should I get a Franke fireclay farmhouse in white or a Rachiele farmhouse copper sink? What color countertop would it go best with in my dark kitchen to match?
Here are the Ã¢ÂÂfactsÃ¢ÂÂ:
My kitchen is dark. It doesnÃ¢ÂÂt have a window because itÃ¢ÂÂs in the center of the house.
We always turn the lights on when we go in the kitchen Ã¯Â¿Â½" day & night, summer & winter.
There are 3 transom window about 20 feet up that receives light from the north.
There are 3 large movie set type of canned lights up there, too and lots of recessed lighting but it still seems dark with the lights on.
The cabinets are a medium brown with lots of grain.
All the appliances are stainless steel.
Here is a picture of the southeast facing wall. Oddly enough it looks like there is plenty of light but all the lights are on & there is the flash from the camera. This photo has been photoshopped just so I could see what the kitchen may look like so the sink & SS dishwasher really arenÃ¢ÂÂt there or the ones IÃ¢ÂÂm getting. But youÃ¢ÂÂll get the basic idea what the kitchen looks...