New Caledonia granite countertops completely transform the look of any kitchen. It will transform it from something “OK,” into something that will make you go WOW!
Let’s take a look at what makes it so great…
New Caledonia granite (Aka Caledonia or Graphite Brown granite) is a material that is quarried in average quantities from several quarries in a large area of Brazil.
It is a reasonably uniform granite, and any two slabs will usually look the same. It is heat resistant, scratch resistant, and stain resistant.
If by some chance you are unlucky and manage to stain or damage your countertops, the heavily patterned nature of the material will hide any little accidents easily.
This is a durable, hardworking granite that can be used in many applications including flooring, and wall cladding – but it is undoubtedly most popular for use in the kitchen as countertops.
Even from the furthest distance New Caledonia granite does not have a uniform appearance. Its mottled mixture of various minerals and crystals generates intrigue from the moment you lay eyes on it.
From a distance, the most predominant color profile is a variation of different shades of gray, and you can usually easily identify multiple white and black patches within the stone.
As you get up close and personal with the granite, you can see that the random non-uniform appearance you noticed from a distance is even more non-uniform up close.
The bedrock of this granite is almost totally hidden by the complex and captivating combinations of tiny mineral deposits that are less than 0.3cm in diameter individually.
The mineral deposits are found in a range of colors. Including a brown that ranges from mocha to deep dark, a jet black, and a smoky light gray.
These various colors complement each other beautifully, creating a subtle, yet eye-catching effect that is impossible to ignore.
The beautiful white, brown, gray, and black minerals that are present in this granite enable it to complement any kitchen decor with ease. (It this versatility that puts this granite in such high demand)
We like the combination of dark wood stained cabinets with New Caledonia Granite countertops. The overall gray appearance is a lovely subtle complement to the dark and strong colors of the cabinet.
The large amounts of brown minerals that are present within the stone are brought out by the brown cabinets tying the whole kitchen together in one beautiful, subtle, yet interesting experience.