10 Insanely Popular Colors Of Granite Countertops

At the intersection of cost effective and stunning in the kitchen countertop world, you’ll find granite waiting for you.

Since it’s a naturally occurring igneous rock and isn’t man-made, you’re adding an element of natural luxury to your space without breaking the budget. There are literally hundreds of designs and color options to choose from, so there is bound to be a perfect slab out there for you.

Here are 10 of the most popular colors of granite on the market now:

White Granite Colors

River White

River white on shaker style cabinets with laminate floors that look like hardwood.

River white on shaker style cabinets with laminate floors that look like hardwood. Image Attribution

Like the currents of a river, you’ll find that the sweeping lines of this white granite countertop perfectly complement any kitchen design.

It’s versatile, works well with light cabinets and contrasts nicely against dark ones too. Since this design can be stretched along the length of the kitchen work surface, it can make any countertop look longer than it actually is.

Kashmir White

Kashmir white granite with a glass tile backsplash and chrome faucet.

Kashmir with a glass tile backsplash and chrome faucet.
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If you’re looking for a white stone with just a bit of texturing, choosing kashmir is an excellent choice.

The salt and pepper look of the stone discreetly cloaks small countertop messes, which are harder to hide on light monochoromatic countertops that have less variation. If you’re having trouble finding it at your local stone yard cotton white is a similar alternative.

If you’re worried about staining granite and want to see how easy it is to maintain you’ll find this page helpful.

Delicatus White

White delicatus on jet black cabinets.

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This granite’s marbling is the statement piece that your kitchen has been waiting for. If you have a classic single-color backsplash, adding fun in your kitchen design with a slab of delicatus adds intrigue and effortlessly completes the look.

Delicatus in particular can be tricky because each slab can vary greatly. Some are black and white while others have gold tones throughout like in the picture above.

Ice White

Ice white granite paired with a beveled subway tile and mahogany cabinets.

Paired with a beveled subway tile and mahogany cabinets.

With a hint of pale blue, ice white granite would go well in any space with hints of cool and calm colors. Light or dark gray cabinets look amazing with this stone, so the combination is sure to warm the hearts of your guests once they see it.

This sample image does a good job of showcasing the shades of blue you can find in ice white.
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Himalayan White

Himalayan white on a black center island.

Note how the hood over the range matches the island but the rest of the cabinets are white.

Same kitchen as above but looking directly down at the island.

Here’s a better look at the stone itself.
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This stone is one of the most grey of the white choices, which means it would add contrast to any light colored kitchen. It has even been used by some designers as a marble substitute for projects with a lower price point. It’s one of the cheaper options on this list, which means you can start your remodel immediately without any regrets.

Black Granite Colors

An interesting thing about black slabs is that many of them aren’t actually granite at all. In order for a stone to be technically qualified as granite, it must contain at least 20% quartz, and quartz is always white or milky.

So if the stone you pick is completely black it’s likely gabbro, which makes for an excellent kitchen work surface, but you should know the difference before you buy.

Absolute Black

Absolute black in a kitchen with a farmhouse sink and white shaker cabinets.

Absolute black pairs well with lighter cabinets and darker floors.
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For those looking for a sleek and modern look, absolute black is the way to go. This is the purest black granite that you’ll find, with little to no traces of any other colors found in it.

Absolute black is a great choice to create the high contrast black and white kitchen you may have been day dreaming about and it looks great polished or honed.


Ubatuba stretches across these cabinets that lead into a walk-in pantry.

Ubatuba, mined from quarries in Brazil, takes on a wonderful jet black hue thanks to its’ abundance of mica.
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Ubatuba is one that you can buy for the awesome name, but keep for the quality. This granite is known for the gold specks throughout, though there are certain varieties of ubatuba that have red and green thrown into the mix.

As a bonus, it’s is also kid-proof, since it’s tough to stain when accidents happen.

Black Galaxy

Stain grade oak cabinets with black galaxy granite counters.

Proper lighting like these pendants bring out the white flecks in black galaxy.

Another shot of the same kitchen as above showcasing black galaxy as a full wall backsplash.

It makes a very pretty and durable full wall backsplash as well.

Black galaxy is the perfect name for this variety as it channels the look of a rural night sky. With small white flecks resembling the stars, this is a more family-friendly choice than absolute black since the flecks will help mask any messes and smudges, much like ubatuba does.

Even though it has lighter flecks there’s not enough quartz in it to technically classify it as a granite. It’s composed mostly of gabbro.

Did you know quartz is a countertop option too? Here’s useful info on how it compares to granite.

Brown Granite Colors

Brown Pearl

Brown pearl granite counters polished to a highly refelective surface with a glass tile backsplash and chrome hardware.

These brown pearl counters are polished to such a highly reflective surface you can see the faucet in them.
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For those looking for a something a bit on the wild side, brown pearl granite is a great choice. Brown pearl incorporates brown, black, and white to create a look that nearly resembles a mosaic and looks much more expensive than it actually is.

Coffee Brown

Coffee brown paired with different shades of brown everywhere you look in this kitchen.

I really like this kitchen and their use of brown tones in general, all the way up to the pendant light fixtures.
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Coffee brown is an option for those looking for something not-too-busy, but that still has depth to the design. This brown granite will appear as a near-solid brown from afar, so it will easily pair with any neutrals you want to bring into your space.

Finish Options

For even more options, any slab can be finished in a variety of different ways.

A polished finish can bring elegance to the look by giving off a reflective mirror-like finish to the stone.

A leathered surface is textured and is not glossy at all. They’re great if you’re concerned about etching or staining because the imperfections will be less noticeable.

An example of a leathered surface on absolute black granite.

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A happy medium between polished and leathered is honed. Honed finishes are smooth, matte finishes, that may still be slightly glossy depending on when the fabricator stopped working the stone. Like leathered, honed is also a great choice if you want to hide any wear and tear the stone may endure.

An example of a black honed granite in a kitchen with white cabinets.

This honed work surface will hide wear and tear much better than a polished one.

Flamed has a bumpier finish that is perfect for any heavy duty usage from outdoor kitchens to shower flooring.

Remember, when choosing a stone, it’s incredibly important to go see your slab in person since each granite color can differ highly from cut to cut. You’ll never think about laminate again once you see what just a little bit more money can get you.

Granite is the most versatile and budget-friendly choice of any stone, which makes it the perfect way to add luxury to your home without breaking the bank.

Want to learn more about granite? Here’s how to cut the cost of granite installation to get the lowest possible price; and here you can learn which types of granite make the most durable countertop.

If those don’t interest you this page on Architypes lists all of our kitchen countertop articles.

About The Author

Ashley Rose Marino is the principal and owner of Ashley Marino Designs LLC in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. After being immersed in the design world for 2 years, she decided to start her own business focusing on the simple premise of making homes happier. When she’s not creating for a client, she’s hanging out with her chiweenie and is planning her next trip abroad.

You can visit her website at ashleyrosemarino.weebly.com or follow her on Instagram.

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