You’re already familiar with granite countertops, floors, and showers, but there are many ways to incorporate a beautiful piece of natural granite in your home. Granite can have a grounding effect in any room or become an eye-catching focal point. Here are some creative and unconventional ways to use granite inside your home.
1. Dining Table
With granite, you can design a sophisticated and low-maintenance dining area. Dining tables may be made completely from granite or with just a granite slab tabletop. You can find granite dining tables with many popular colors like Uba Tuba and Santa Cecelia, or you can have one made with the slab of your choice. This idea can also be used to turn granite remnants into a kitchen island or even a patio bar.
2. Patterned Floor
Most granite tile floors are installed with tiles of the same shade and pattern, which creates a beautiful seamless look, but it’s not the only option. For example, you can choose to install a granite floor with contrasting colors to create a pattern. One popular option is using stripes of a complementary color to mark boundaries in open floor plans. You can also combine a herringbone pattern with stripes in a different shade. If you’re not sure how to clean granite and natural-stone floor, the process is rather simple. Sweep or vacuum the floor, then add 2-4 ounces of Granite Gold Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner® to one gallon of hot or cold water. Mop the floors with a string mop, sponge mop, or towels, and changed the water as it becomes soiled.
3. Lazy Susan
If you have remnants of your granite countertop, you can use them to create a matching countertop Lazy Susan. A natural-stone Lazy Susan combines function with beauty to keep important kitchen items accessible or even create a serving station for parties. You’ll need to go to a stone fabricator to cut the remnant into a circle shape, then you can attach the turntable hardware yourself.
4. Kitchen Accessories
If you don’t like the idea of installing a Lazy Susan on your granite countertops, you can have other types of kitchen accessories made or buy them premade. Granite trivets are a beautiful way to protect kitchen counters from damage, and they’re attractive enough to leave out. Granite also makes a durable cutting board or cheese board for entertaining guests.
5. Accent Shelves
Granite remnants can be easily cut into a simple wall-mounted shelf to hold toiletries in a bathroom, add storage to a kitchen, or even serve as an informal mail station at the entryway. Once a remnant is cut and the edges are polished, it can be mounted with understated or ornate brackets in just a few minutes. You can also buy granite shelves pre-cut, polished, and ready for hanging.
6. Wall Art
Every slab of granite is art. You don’t need to have a slab installed as a countertop or flooring to bring this beauty into your home. Many museums and homeowners display granite slabs as a form of art created by mother nature. This trend is also growing in many cities with slabs installed as a focal point on the wall of a master bedroom, bathroom, or living room. To use granite as art, choose a slab that speaks to you. You may want vibrant or unusual colors like shades of red and blue or bold patterns that draw the eye.
When you have granite in your home, make sure you purchase a granite polishing kit featuring many of the important products you need to take proper care of your stone. All of the products provided by Granite Gold® are safe to use on all types of natural stone, including marble, travertine, slate, and limestone. Call 1-800-475-STONE today to learn more.