The Most Timeless Granite

Granite has a bad rap on this blog, so I thought I would write a post on which granite I think is classic.

1. Absolute Black 

The Most Timeless Granite

Black granite is less pricey than black quartz so if you want black countertops, this is the way to go. Black is my second choice after white quartz with white cabinets because I like the contrast and you still have a wide range of colour options to work with for wall colours, window coverings and accessories.

2. Whitish/Grayish Granite

There are a few in this category, some are pretty and light and some are dark and too murky for me.

The Most Timeless Granite


This is Supreme White Granite, looks lovely here but also can be very dark and blotchy depending on the slab you end up with.

The Most Timeless Granite


This is Kashmir White. I’m not crazy about the burgandy marks all over it but they would relate to brown cabinets if you weren’t installing white. Also a good choice with white cabinets.

The Most Timeless Granite

This is Princess White granite. I had never heard of it until I started searching for white/gray granite. This is the light version and if you search you can find some darker (too blotchy for me) slabs as well.

Remember though light coloured granite is really fragile and also will need to be kept sealed to prevent stains.

I’m sure there are a few more but all fall into this (above) category.

Is this granite trendy? Yes of course, but it’s still more versatile than the rest in terms of leaving you with the most choices for accessories, window coverings and wall colour. And just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean it can’t be considered a classic.

Am I missing any whites/grays? Post a link below if you think there’s more to add.

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  1. Michele In SF Bay Area

    That’s my kitchen shown with White Princess and I will tell you that the counter was incredibly durable, non-staining and beautiful. It’s actually quartzite, which is stronger than granite. It was honed and I never had a stain or etch on it from anything. You will never need to baby or be careful with this quartzite–it’s been a dream. The current slabs of white princess are much more muddied–these slabs were purchased more than 5 years ago, so back then the slabs had a more light appearance. Most of the slabs coming out of the quarries today (where this was from) are now much more gray than white.

    Maria, love your blog and have been following you for years. What a surprise to read this article and see my own kitchen in it 🙂 I couldn’t be more proud or more happy when I saw you approved.

    • Michele,
      I also installed White Princess (or Princess White in some stores) after seeing pictures of your kitchen! :p

      People have mistaken our counters for marble before. hehe.

  2. We installed absolute black honed granite with white cabinets in our kitchen remodel 6 years ago. I still love it, although the matte black finish shows every spill, spec, smear, etc. I’m constantly wiping and drying my countertops, but at least they are always clean. In addition, using a granite countertop cleaner 1-2 times/week is essential.

  3. Thanks Marie for showing pics of kitchens that aren’t just white cabinets. As much a I love white cabinets, I will have to work with my maple cabinets and find a countertop that will work w/the mocca stone color in the floor. Someone said if u go with a dark floor than go lighter for the countertops? What do u or your readers think?

    • I would still choose the right white, otherwise you’re in more pink beige to coordinate with your floor. Maria

  4. I wish you have more discussion on countertops with cabinets that are not white. My cabinets are an antiqued honey colored alder and I am wanting new countertops. I have aurora Corian on a walnut island and I am looking at Dreamy Marfil for the alder cabinets. I am also want to put a new backsplash. Do you have any suggestions?

    • HI Pamela, I should clarify that if you are starting from scratch this is the way to go. Obviously with an existing kitchen you need to consider everything else. I don’t have those two samples in front of me so I can’t say whether I think they would work in your kitchen. Your corion is pretty solid though and the dreamy marfil looks similar so make sure they are the same undertone so it doesn’t look like you tried to match it and failed. Hope this helps, Maria

  5. I have black galaxy granite on my perimeter cabinets and I love it. It is a true black with copper flecks in it that reads black from a distance, but close up you see the beautiful flecks. I find granite, dark or light easy to clean and keep clean. I have a spray specifically for granite that I use once a week to really shine it up and clean. Takes a minute. All my granite is sealed, and only has to be resealed every 6-8 years.

  6. In the kitchen of my last house, we had London White granite. It was pretty and not expensive, but talk about fragile… if you put a water glass on the counter, it left a grayish ring until it dried. In the current house, we have honed Jet Mist granite, which generally reads as black. It’s a lot easier to maintain.

  7. Hi
    I am just picking countertops for new construction. We chose white perimeter cabinets and have a beautiful lightly distressed black island.
    My floors are going to be country cut cherry- having a mix of short and long 2 1/4 inch boards.
    I like timeless things. I am trying to create a new old house look.
    Was thinking of soapstone on perimeter cabinets with honed Carrera marble on top of black distressed island.
    I have to put stone on a nearby fireplace . I want to make sure between the wood floor, counters and fireplace I don’t have to many busy patterns.
    Your input?

    • Hi Mary,
      The ONLY stone that would relate to Carrara would be charcoal or black and personally that is WAY TOO DARK for a fireplace. All the rest are too earthy to go with a blue gray stone like that. Hope this helps, Maria

  8. Hi, I just found your blog. I just put granite in my kitchen a few years ago and picked santa ceilia which sounds like you would hate. We have medium brown warm colored cabinets which were in the house when we moved in. I actually wasn’t happy with the granite with my red walls but really liked it once I painted the walls vintage teal. Anyway we have no backsplash and I am curious what you would suggest. My husband likes a brown striated subway glass tile. I like it but wonder if it would look dated. Our kitchen has tons of natural light.

  9. I am having slightly off white cabinets and Caesarstone
    Raven (charcoal) countertops installed as we speak!! I love blue grays and gray greens as well as greige or gray. Open floor plans are a beast as far as wall color goes!! Right now everything is Beige 🙁 I think I can get away with the same color in the DR and kitchen becasue they run along the back of the house. Any suggestions on a great color to work in both? Thanks Maria!!!!

    • YOu can do any colour with charcoal countertops. Your kitchen should flow with the rest of the house so consider all the other rooms when you choose. If you just want a greige go with Classic Gray. Maria

    • How do you like your Raven Caesarstone countertops? How shiny are they? Easy to keep clean and looking good? I am considering these along w/ marble on my island. Such a hard decision.

  10. I am in love with white kitchens and am building a new home. I will be putting in Medallion cabinets in white icing finish and using ceasarstone frosty Cabrera for the counters. On the island I am using a black countertop. Any suggestions as to absolute black ceasarstone vs black granite?

  11. Spraying my cabinets tomorrow. What is the best slightly off white (warm white) Benjamin Moore white to go with White Vermont Granite and hardwood floors?

  12. Remodeling kitchen with SW Creamy cabinets (because colors throughout home are more warm) and soft white subway tile for backsplash. Floors will be medium brown hardwood. Walls throughout home virtually same as cabinets as we have stained trim around windows in open great room. What choice for timeless countertop? Looking at quartz, but do I do white, black or a cream/beige (such as Silestone Tigris Sand)?

    • If your cabinets are creamy then your countertops should be too. Black looks the best with white over cream. Hope this helps, Maria

  13. We are having Kashmir White Granite installed. It was the only slab I could find that was white and was long enough for the island. I would like white cabinets. What whites could work?

    • I would try BM Simply White, Cloud White and Ivory white. Just paint them up and plunk the sample down and whichever one looks like they should be married is the correct white. Hope this helps, Maria

      • Maria makes it sound simple…because it is. It just requires a little patience and a bit more effort. Buy a piece of foam board at Walmart get samples of whites you like and do the sample painting. You won’t be sorry you did but you May be sorry if you skip this step!

  14. I have a white kitchen and am planning on remodeling in the next month or so by replacing my countertops with absolute black granite. I have a question in relation to sinks with absolute black…what do you think about the black granite/composite sinks with the absolute black granite counters? My husband does not like or want a stainless sink. I am wondering would it be too much black with the sink and counters? Thanks.

  15. White princess is actually Quartzite- a natural stone (not the fabricated Quartz) and is stronger than granite. It is a good alternative for people who like the look of marble but do not want to worry about staining.

  16. Why only granite or quartz? What are your views on soapstone? It runs gray to black, some with blue or green tones in them. Oiled it is dark gray to black. Some pieces have white veining, others are more subtle in the variations. It’s more of a ‘satin’ finish rather than the ‘shiny’ finish granite has. Impervious to stains, heat, acids. Thanks for any input!

  17. Would Caesarstone London Grey work with soft white cabinets (Sherwin Williams Pure White 7005)? I want a classic, timeless kitchen, transitional style. I detest gray color but this quartz looks more realistic than others. I will use it for back-splash too. I love soft warm tones in beige and tans and will use that in rest of decor. Medium brown white oak floors.

  18. Maria..I couldn’t agree more. I’ve had black granite/white cabs since the 90’s. Love it to this day. Walls/accessories have been changed many times. I have had zero maintenance issues and I’ve never actually sealed it. There are some products which might appear to make it cloudy or streaky…just knowing which to use when cleaning the kitchen makes the difference. Thank you for confirming my all time preference. Now…I am noticing my white cabs which have a slight mocha glaze on them (cabs have trim and moldings) are looking creamier than most I see in updated kitchens….but do I dare make them “whiter?”

  19. Check out fantasy brown….the name is deceiving as the gray and white is more dominant. Some may call it a quartzite not granite. I used it with white cabinets and light gray subway tile. It is a beauty!

  20. I used one called White Ice that I have really loved. It’s mostly white with lots of gray, beige, black and a few burgundy specs. I was able to pick out slabs that have just a few small burgundy specks and clearish white base color. I have a white kitchen and I’m hoping the granite is timeless enough for the beige specks to work with browns when they come back in. It’s perfect with my white cabinets and gray/blue walls.

  21. I’m gutting my kitchen and master bath due to hurricane Harvey. In the kitchen, going with white cabinets, white subway backslash, black counter (thinking of absolute black or pearl black). What should I do on the floor since the counter and floors must relate? Hardwood is not an option as my floor guy could only find enough for the living/ dining room that matches the upstairs. I’ve been reading black floors are a nightmare to keep clean but that’s what I vision using. Also thinking of the same hard finishes in the bathroom except using 10″ black hexagon on the floor and 4×12 white tile for shower. Any other suggestions for flooring would be appreciated!