White Granite Worktops
Whether or not we see snow this Christmas, we sure are seeing a lot of white granite worktops coming out of the factory here in Charlwood. The dominance of white stone – granite and quartz worktops – seems stronger than ever as we head to the end of the year. 7 out of 10 of our top sellers are white or white derivatives. It isn’t long since I wrote about this, but there are a few new materials on the block which are worth a look.
Thunder White Granite – one of the nicest natural whites, we still have a slab available
The biggest change in the scene this year has definitely been that Kashmir White granite has begun to flow from the quarries again. The new material is definitely on the grey side, but it is recognisably Kashmire White (sometimes spelled Cashmere White).
New Kashmir White Granite – close up
Kashmir White Granite just arrived.
These slabs are enormous: at 3.5mx2.07m they are some of the largest granite slabs we have ever seen
Colonial White Granite worktops – in its Sensa version, from Cosentino, still our most popular white natural stone
River White came in as the big trend when Kashmir White vanished… but then the pattern shifted from a Farrow and Ball style grey green to a pinky grey and the stone is no longer as popular as it was. This slab is seen on a hoist in our workshop in 2015.
You might say that Cosmic White granite is hardly a white – and this slab is certainly the darkest we have seen. But what a great statement stone for a big island! And not a bad price.
Quarella Blanco Paloma installed at 20mm thickness in a modern kitchen
Of course, the biggest sellers in white worktops are not the natural stones at all, but quartz. We do see a trend to more subtle sparkle, but Silestone Blanco Stellar still sails on as our number one quartz, neck and neck with Quarella Blanco Paloma, our non-sparkly, entry-level alternative.
Silestone Blanco Stellar in a West Sussex kitchen
Caesarstone White Attica – a great example of current technology in the white marble look
Although the white marble-look market is massive, the diversity of looks that customers want and the enormous variety of materials available mean that no one material dominates. I think we see them all…
Picasso Calacatta Light – one of the most economical takes available on the big-vein white marble look
Classic Quartz Alaska Bianca – fine spidery veins in this relatively affordable worktop stone
Radianz Lucern Lake – a marble-look quartz which we are proud to hold in stock. Great, dependable surface.
And it isn’t just the marble-look whites that are growing. The grungy, industrial thing is there in white worktops too. This week we took delivery of our first slabs of Silestone Silver Lake, a textured white quartz with a vaguely ‘corroded’ pattern – just without the rust colour!
Silestone Silver Lake
We are Affordable Granite, the leading installer of granite and quartz worktops in Surrey, Sussex and across the South East. We aim to meet all your white worktops needs – and other colours are available! For questions, queries and quotes connected with any aspect of worktop installation or kitchen design, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01293 863992 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org/ .
All images © Andrew King Photography except the Lucern Lake studio image, from Radianz themselves.