Granite countertops are a classic choice that add elegance to your kitchen and can last a lifetime. However, your sense of style may change and the granite may no longer fit with your new vision for your kitchen. Can you change the color of the stone?
Unfortunately, the answer is ‘no.’ Short of having the old countertops torn out and replaced with something new, your countertop is here to stay. However, with a little decorating magic, you can give your granite counter a fresh new look. Here are some ideas:
1. Decorate around a too-dark or too-light countertop. Simply repainting the walls or refinishing the wooden cabinets can dramatically change the look of the granite counter. Picture a color wheel. If your granite looks yellow or dingy, put something blue around it as a counterbalance. If your granite is too dark, aim for cheerful bright colors and gleaming steel hardware.
2. Draw the eye away from the granite with an eye catching new backsplash. Have you been dreaming about the latest, complicated decorating trend or saturated Color of the Year? A backsplash is a great, low-commitment way to experiment with these fun decorating touches.
3. Cover the granite. You can use bamboo place mats or throw a colorful cloth runner along the top. Just make sure to keep the granite’s surface clean and dry to prevent damage.
4. Get creative with lighting options. Bring out the attractive details in the stone by installing ample diffused lighting. If you want to change the look of lighter granite entirely, consider installing a tinted light bulb overhead.
In the future, if the time comes that you need a new countertop, consider purchasing one in materials that can be recolored. For instance, butcher’s block can be sanded down to the natural wood, re-stained a new shade, and refinished.