Natural Maple Cabinets with what color granite?

heidiladucaJune 18, 2008

My husband and I are purchasing a home with all natural maple cabinets by Aristokraft. They are only 8 years old so not worth tearing out. We are looking to redo appliances and add granite tops and I'm having a difficult time choosing a granite color. I would like something to provide contrast to the natural maple cabinets and the light oak flooring, but I'm nervous about going with black as I've heard its hard to keep clean. Any suggestions? Photo ideas with what color granite was used would be great!

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I also considered white/gray tones for budget reasons. Green and red (not together) would also look very nice, as would a darker brown. Check out mustbnuts' Yellow River with very light natural maple cabs.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 11:06PM
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Thanks Blue! Let me show you my cabs and my granite. Don't have my granite installed yet as they are templating it and should (if all goes well) be installed in a couple of weeks. The white marks/streaks you see on the granite is where they are marking for the backsplash (doing full marble backsplash)

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 11:54PM
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Have you checked the finished kitchens blog? Here are some kitchens that I found with natural maple cabinets and the granite that was used. Click on the underlined link to get to the photos...

groschunis kitchen - verde butterfly granite

mollyb2s kitchen - uba tuba granite

jennybeths kitchen - black labrador granite

carolpolkis kitchen - verde butterfly granite


Here is a link that might be useful: Finished Kitchens Blog

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 10:45AM
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We went with caesarstone verde:

Here is a link that might be useful: our counters

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 2:25PM
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natural maple is so neutral that you can really just choose whatever color floats your boat.

if i were you, i'd determine what i want my accent color(s) to be and then choose granite accordingly to either match or contrast.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 2:29PM
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Not granite, but Cambria quartz Windsor with natural maple cabs. Just for an idea of color for ya...

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 8:25PM
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Thank you so much for your help!
The kitchen is coming along. New photos are on the attached link.
The black range comes in this week and a black microwave will be here, too.
I need to figure out the backsplash. I'm thinking travertine tiles...just need to find the right color and size.
I'm also trying to figure out what light fixture to put over the sink and another ceiling light.
Any ideas are welcome!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pam's kitchen in progress

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 11:20AM
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