Granite has been a staple in kitchen and bathroom design since the 1980s. Its down-to-earth vibe, durability, and variety of colors make it a great choice. This natural stone is hardy, solid, and less porous than other materials. Granite is low maintenance and easy to clean, making it suitable for spaces like busy communal kitchens and bathrooms. Despite its apparent benefits, some homeowners wonder how something that was popular in the 80s can still be on-trend today. Is granite outdated? The simple answer is no. There are so many different choices of granite color, that the material itself never goes out of style. However, colors and pattern trends change over time just like any other design element. Today we’re going to talk about the top 3 granite color trends for 2022.
The use of neutrals is hardly a trend for countertops. Most homeowners prefer a neutral color because it’s easier to design around over time. The trend is about which kind of neutrals we see in 2022. The days of the all-white kitchen are fading. We’re seeing more light warm neutrals. White with subtle gold or tan veining that compliments copper or brass fixtures has been very popular. Cream or beige tones are on-trend granite colors as well.
Honed, or Matte, finishes are really gaining in popularity. They offer a softer and more natural look while still retaining the character of the natural stone. Granite color enhancers can be added to honed stone for increased depth and richness. We’re seeing much more of this kind of finish these days. It’s becoming more popular than the stereotypical glossiness and high reflectivity associated with polished granite.
Veins and Patterns
Granite color patterns can be broken into three main umbrellas; solid, speckled/flecked, or veining. We’re seeing a shift toward veining, though pure white is still quite popular. Stones with natural character are more appealing to the contemporary eye than the blank kitchen countertops of the last decade. Most granite countertops are packed with rich, naturally forming patterns that make every kitchen and bathroom surface look unique. Veining can be subtle or dramatic, though it’s less common to see the swirling multi-colored slabs that were popular in the late 90s and early 2000s. White granite that looks similar to marble is very popular these days as well.
What do you think of these trends? Are they timeless enough for your kitchen or bathroom? If you’d like to see some of the most popular choices schedule a visit to our showroom.