We are putting white kraftmaid cabinets in our kitchen. Our floors are maple and all of our appliances will be stainless. Our walls in the surrounding room are a gold color but we can do something different in kitchen area. I’m torn between going (granite) dark with butterfly verde w/wihite, uba tuba, or peacock verde versus going lighter more neutral with something like new venetian or something of that flavor.
The white cabinets with the maple floors allow you to go with a complimentary light color. However, the stainless really limits the light granite colors that you should consider. The only one that I would recommend is Giallo Ornamental because of it yellow/cream background and silver fleck that will compliment the stainless fixtures.
Still, go dark! Unless your kitchen is very small, you have opened the room enough with the white cabinets to go with dark granite and that will compliment the stainless best. I really suggest a dark green as you mentioned, but now, which green?
In a subsequent email you mentioned Verde Jewel Granite. Unfortunately, suppliers do change names a lot so what I am about to say, needs to be investigated further by you. First of all, be absolutely sure where it comes from. The Verde Jewel granite that I am familiar with is from India and is sometimes called Verde Hawaiian or Verde Esmeralda. This granite is what I call, “A bad stone”. This granite as low flexural strength, meaning the quartz structure is loosely bonded and inherently fractures with very little stress. This granite is a fabricators nemesis because is it beautiful, inexpensive, but deceiving durable prior to installation.
This is a ‘finger-pointing’ stone because the granite provider will honestly believe that the fractures you find in the finished countertop were there prior to fabrication. In other words, when you approved the slabs, you must have seen them. For this reason, I hate this granite.
Very similar granites from Brazil are Verde San Francisco or Candais Green. I suppose Verde Jewel (India) came into the market because it is slightly lower cost that the Brazilian ‘better’ alternative. You can see the Brazilian granites on www.HomeGranite.com or www.GraniteStock.com.
If you simply must have the Verde Jewel, then carefully follow the Home Owner’s Checklist when you select the slabs. My very best wishes to you and thank you for donation to World Vision,