Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Granite Countertops

by Gabby Hyman
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Kitchen remodeling

The kitchen is the place where most people congregate at any family gathering. This is probably why if you choose to redo a room in your house, realtors always recommend starting with your kitchen. Kitchen remodeling is a multi-million dollar a year industry. The type of countertop is usually highlighted on the listing of a home, especially if they are granite.

Granite is a very hard material and because it isn't porous it is a great choice for kitchens. It doesn't hold smells, nor does it allow for bacteria to settle in, which would create a health hazard for the owners. Remodeling your kitchen is definitely a worthwhile improvement that you will see a return on should you decide to turn around and sell your home.

Colors of granite countertops

The kitchen is usually one place where a splash of color is a great idea. You can go with bold colors and it just freshens up the room. There are so many colors of granite countertops to choose from, there is sure to be one that suites your style. If you have a lot of windows and natural light coming into your kitchen you could go with a darker color if you prefer. The dark browns and greens are a very classy look, but not a good idea if you don't have much natural light.

For those kitchens that don't have windows in them there is still a way to help brighten up the area without using white fixtures, exclusively. Just stick to lighter colors and this will help brighten up the kitchen. Pastels would be a great choice, but it also has to be a color that you are ok seeing everyday! Tans or beiges are a good neutral choice and then you could add small splashes of color with the accessories.

About the Author
Gabby Hyman has written for print and online media for more than 20 years. He has created online content for eToys, GoTo.com, Siebel Systems, Avaya, and Nissan UK. He has also been a web consultant to the Governor of California. As an author of fiction, journalism, and poetry, Gabby is a former English professor for the University of Illinois, University of Alaska, and Old Dominion University. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Alabama.

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