Friday, January 20, 2012

FAQ Friday: What Granite Goes with Fusion Quartzite?

This question comes from Karen in Texas....
"I've really enjoyed reading your Granite Gurus blog - it has really helped me focus on some selections.  You've impressed me with your etching test of marble, too!
I'm planning to replace my island and use a dramatic piece of granite.  My kitchen is on the contemporary side of transitional.  The island will be mocha stained cherry (Brookhaven) and right now I'm planning to use a piece of Fusion granite for the island countertop.  (Originally I had my heart set on Louise Blue, but I haven't been able to find a slab I like in Houston.)  I'm not replacing my original cabinets, which are a natural maple that has darkened slightly over time.
Do you have any suggestions for a simple granite to use with my maple wall cabinets?  The Fusion has so much movement and color, I'm having a hard time making a decision and I'm holding the whole project up.  I've considered Labrador Antique, but the sample I brought home feels too dark and heavy.  I have pale bluish aqua walls, white appliances, and aqua glass pendants over the island."

Fusion quartzite.  Photo from MISTONES.
Thanks for the email Karen.  I love the Fusion quartzite, I'm sure it will be beautiful on your island. 

The Fusion is a dramatic stone and will definitely be the focal point of your kitchen.  So I'd recommend going with something really simple on the perimeter countertops.  You don't want the patterns and colors to fight.

Here are some of my suggestions...

Absolute Black granite with a Honed Finish.

Cambrian Black granite with a Satin Finish.
Or I think you'd be really happy with a quartz.  I personally like CaesarStone.  Any of the greys would look beautiful, but I'd even consider white or cream.
A mocha colored quartz actually might be really cool too, it would tie in your island's cabinet color.
Mocha CaesarStone
Thanks again for the question Karen.  Hopefully this helps!
Readers, do you have any great suggestions for Karen?

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