Choice #1 Vote for your favorite countertop w/Arabesque

berardmrJuly 28, 2012

So back to the granite yards this morning where everything I loved was marble. The lady that took us around said that marble has its imperfections but some people can live with it. She compared it to wearing linen -- beautiful, but it wrinkles. I love linen but won't wear it because of the wrinkles so there was my answer.

Onward...I'm going to post two sets of photos of two close, but different granites. They are gray - the color I'll paint the walls. The first one has a good deal of variation in it, but the white in the stone really speaks to the Arabesque.

The second slab is softer, safer but with no white to tie in the Arabesque. Still, I think it would work. Both tiles have the color of gray that I love.

So...do you vote for #1 (wilder and wolly) or #2 (demure lady with no white)?

Appreciate your help!

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williamsem

This one!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:12PM
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Linelle

I only see one choice, but it's beautiful. I vote for it and the white tile.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:17PM
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remodelfla

This one

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:28PM
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berardmr

Here's choice #2. More demure, but no white to tie in with tile.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:36PM
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Poohpup

This should help. So much easlier if both pictures are in the same thread.

This is the first choice:

And choice #2:

Easy decision for me. Choice #1 looks fabulous and has my vote!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:38PM
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berardmr

Here it is, don't know why I'm having posting problems tonight.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:39PM
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annsch

#1 GETS MY VOTE!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:40PM
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berardmr

No one for #2? I'm surprised, I thought everyone would go with the softer slab. Many of you like the softer quartzite and I thought #2 looked closer to it. Please continue to vote!! Thanks.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:47PM
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corgimum

No doubt. #1. Love the movement!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:56PM
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beekeeperswife

#1!

Hello little arabesque friend

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:59PM
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chitown_remodel

I LOVE the first granite.

#1 for sure

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 6:16PM
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babs711

To me they're both soft. I like the movement and lines of #1 better.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 6:25PM
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FingNugSnug

#1. Not the slightest doubt!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 6:25PM
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springroz

#1, because the second one looks like it should have an off white tile. It looks beige to me!

Beautiful!

Nancy

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 6:55PM
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beeps

Wow. It's unanimous so far. Love the movement in #1. Beautiful!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 7:09PM
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lilymila

From the picture, #1 is more beautiful, but really the look isn't complete until you take into account of cabinet style, lighting, appliances.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 7:11PM
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hags00

I am a #2 person (that sounds bad!!). I prefer less movement and wouldn't care for the big color changes with the gray and white splotches. Both are beautiful pieces of stone.

Your backsplash is certainly plain enough in color to tolerate all the movement in #1 well.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 7:27PM
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hermajesty

Oh absolutely number ONE, love it!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 7:33PM
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berardmr

I would tell them not to use that big gray splotch! That's really the only thing that bothers me about it.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 7:41PM
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Linelle

#1. No contest.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 7:41PM
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35ftcabo

I just did my kitchen with black cabs and river white granite that looks like the same lot as yours. I love the movement - always something new to look at. Fwiw, we're working on backsplash and I think going with random strips of Carrera marble.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 12:19AM
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peonybush

Definitely #1

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 12:22AM
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mydreamhome

Looks like #2 is Kashmir White or River White--may be a lower price point than #1. Both are beautiful. Before you decide, I would definitely get a look at the materials in the position you will see them in everyday--the granite needs to be flat like it will be on top of your cabinets and the tile needs to be placed at a 90 degree angle to the granite as it would be on the wall. When you change the positioning of the materials the way they look & how the different colors appear can change based the light shining on them/reflecting off of them differently. Many on the forum suggest picking the granite & have it installed and finalize the backsplash later for just this reason.

Hope this helps!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 12:34AM
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gardenamy

#1!!!!!! Love it

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 8:35AM
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michelle16

#1, - I think #2 has alot of blue in it.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 8:41AM
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hobokenkitchen

Number 1 by a landslide. Just love it!!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 9:14AM
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aktillery9

Number one no question!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 9:55AM
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Lyban

I love # 1 by a long shot.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 10:00AM
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RICSFAN

My vote is for #1. Stunning!!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 10:02AM
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chiefy

I trust you that #1 has some white in it to tie to the backsplash. I'm definitely not seeing any of it in #2.

So, #1 it is!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 11:39AM
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corgimum

I love the big grey "splotch" as you called it. I think it adds character to the stone and makes it unique. I would absolutely want to use it.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 11:49AM
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SaraKat

#1 for sure. I even like the gray splotch. My biggest regret with my granite is that it is too subtle, played it safe. It doesn't have enough pizzazz. I was a chicken....

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 12:03PM
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nini804

I think you will be happier with #1. I am also a "marble person," I have it in my kitchen, master, butlers pantry and fireplace surround. I wanted it in dd's bath and the guest bath, but I chickened out since dd is 9 and I thought she would ruin it. Granite yard said Kashmir white was a good sub for marble. To me, it absolutely is not! Like your slab #2, it has those annoying small freckles (I call them :) ) and no white to speak of. It looks harsh to me in her bath with the soft paint colors and crystal hardware...I really don't like it...but maybe I am comparing it to the marble I see everyday, I don't know.

But anyway...all that to say that #1 looks much better to me!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 12:45PM
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aliris19

I think they're both great and it completely depends what sort of overall look you're aiming for. #1, obviously, is busier. #2 more demure, symmetrical, orderly. Personally, out of context and with the fantastic, interesting tile you obviously want to highlight, I could see why you might opt for #2. It will not draw the thunder from the arabesque. If your love is the marble itself, #1 is clearly more dramatic. You will be measuring and sweeping across much heppening. That may or may not appeal to you.

OTOH you could argue since the color of the arabesque is so plain, having more pizazz in the stone is indicated. I think it matters to how you want things to feel; happening or not. To my eye, the smaller pattern doesn't look annoying and "freckly", but you have to be in front of it to know that. Are there sparkly inclusions? Etc.

If you can stand the forwardness of it, I would agree asking the yard to place each of the slabs horizontal might be a really good idea and way to test the busy-ness to your eye. Me, I would have felt shy to ask but I'm a jerk that way. Definitely, it's an important question and you should try to do the experiment if you can. And in the light closest to your kitchens' as well. Inside if you've few windows, outside if you don't.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 12:57PM
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eriepatch

No doubt in my mind....#1 all the way
You won't be sorry.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 1:04PM
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geomeg

Both are really beautiful, but I too prefer #1.

Can you tell me what both granites are? Is #2 river white?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 1:06PM
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tracie.erin

Oh, number one is gorgeous!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 1:22PM
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young-gardener

Lovely! My favorite is #1.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 1:55PM
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slush1422

I love #1! We will have the same backsplash (just got our shipment) and I have Moon Night (aka Super White) Quartzite.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 12:48PM
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MeMcG

Just from how you described them it sounds like you really want #1, so I think you should go for it.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 1:10PM
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wolfgang80

#1 goes better with your shirt. #1 is the prettier, more dramatic, more like art, stone, but I like boring countertops in general so I'd probably go with #2.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 1:38PM
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tea4all

#1 is stunning! #2 is really lovely. But seeing them horizontal may make a difference to you. You have good taste.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 1:52PM
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chicagoans

#1 Love it!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 3:43PM
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ginzing

I love your first choice with the Arabesque!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 9:58PM
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2LittleFishies

#1-- Beautiful!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 11:17PM
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colorfast

Love, love, love #1.

There is no question in my mind on this one. That granite does not fight the arabesque and it is just so beautiful. Great job finding it. (PS what are they both called for people who find this thread in future?)

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 3:31AM
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msrose

Can you tell us what #1 is?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 7:38PM
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michoumonster

my vote is #1!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 8:12PM
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sashasmommy

#1 all the way!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 8:23PM
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berardmr

Thanks, everyone. #1 is called White Eyes granite. #2 is Kashmir White.

In the end, I'm going for Cambria Torquay. Both granite pieces had little freckles. When I showed a small sample to my DIL, she said they looked like drops of dried blood. We were just talking about an attempted murder case, so that's probably what made her spurt that out!

I love the first stone especially, but decided to go for a cleaner, more marble look countertop. I will pop color into the kitchen with lots of bright accessories.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 8:29PM
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