8 of the Most Popular Granite Colors in the Philippines Today
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Installing a granite slab is certainly one of the many remarkable ways to reinvent your kitchen. Not only does it provide the functionality required in many kitchen preparations, such as cooking and baking, but it also brings a sense of elegance and warmth to any home.
As a result, it has been used in building structures for centuries now. Today, however, granite is well known as one of the best materials for countertop applications.
For instance, here in the Philippines, if you go to Balintawak in Quezon City, you’ll find various stone suppliers on both sides of EDSA. A walk through some of these stores and you’ll discover the many colors available for natural and engineered stones, mostly from China and India.
Hence, we’ve compiled a rundown of the popular materials in the market today to help you in deciding the best choice for your kitchen. Here’s a list of some of the most widely-used granite colors you’ll see in many local stone suppliers in the Philippines today:
1. Jet Black or Mongolian Black (China)
China’s Jet Black is one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials here in the Philippines. It is the preferred choice for many residential and commercial projects in the country because of its appearance, durability, and cost.
Most, if not all, local suppliers promote it as “granite.” But, from a geological perspective, it is a type of Basalt rock. Nevertheless, as a dimension stone, the local stone industry considers Jet Black as a commercial granite.
Compared to other natural stones, such as onyx or travertine, Jet Black is more durable and a lot denser. It can withstand the constant use and abuse of ordinary kitchen preparations. Also, it resists heat and scratches, which makes it an ideal kitchen countertop material.
Jet Black has a timeless beauty that fits exquisitely in any space. Its rich, mysterious color goes well with many other elements– be it a maple cabinet, a white wall, or even a stainless steel fixture. Also, it provides the perfect contrast to any light-themed space. Pair it with all-white floor tiles, cabinets, and wall paint and you’ll have a beautiful black and white kitchen right inside your home.
As a mid-range priced stone, Jet Black costs more than your ordinary “Salt and Pepper” granite, but a lot less than an expensive marble, like “Volakas White.” It costs around Php2,000 per sqm. to Php3,0000 per sqm., depending on your current location. Thus, many contractors and homeowners find it reasonably priced considering the advantages it offers.
A word of caution: a number of suppliers here in the country offer dyed black granite and sell it as “Jet Black.” We, at Stone Depot, discourage our clients from buying this material. Sure, it costs less compared to other natural black stones, but its dye will surely fade over time. Hence, if you suspect that the slab you bought is dyed, wipe off the stone with clean, white cloth and acetone. Therefore, if you see any residue come off, it’s quite likely that the stone slab you have may have been oiled or dyed to hide its imperfections.
2. Salt and Pepper or G603 (China)
The granite Salt and Pepper, or G603, is a fine-grained, gray stone from China used in many large-scale construction projects around the world.
It is widely utilized in the construction industry primarily because it is one of the most economical granite colors in the market today. Moreover, it is readily available from most natural stone suppliers all year round.
It beats all other granite colors in the market in terms of cost and abundance. Hence, it is the obvious choice of many contractors for various projects worldwide, especially here in the Philippines.
True to its name, the granite, “Salt and Pepper,” is a combination of black, white, and silver specks widely distributed throughout its entire surface. Slight variations occur, however, with some slabs having smaller or larger grains than others. Also, some have a lighter or darker background than the rest. Consequently, these variations occur naturally and are part of the granite’s inherent beauty.
Other Common Applications of Salt and Pepper Granite
Salt and Pepper, like most other granites, is a highly-durable natural stone. Under regular use, it resists heat, scratches, and sudden impact– unless, of course, done intentionally. It holds up well against daily kitchen preparations. Furthermore, it is an ideal flooring material for high-traffic areas, such as hallways or lobbies.
Salt and Pepper is a typical finishing material for various mass construction works because of its incredible value for money.
It works both as an interior and exterior application material for many residential and commercial projects. Buildings, townhouses, shopping malls, and even airports use Salt and Pepper granite for kitchen countertops, islands, bathroom vanity tops, floor tiles, stair treads, and even wall cladding.
Furthermore, this particular granite can accept most types of surface treatments to accommodate various types of applications. For example, indoors, it can be polished to bring out a smooth and shiny surface, which draws attention to the stone. A polished surface reveals the richest color of any stone. On the other hand, you may also choose a honed finish if you prefer having a matte surface. Outdoors, it can be flamed, or bush hammered to obtain a highly-textured, non-slip surface finish which is ideal for poolsides and pavements.
For a typical 0.60-meter (width) x 2.40-meter (length) granite with an 18-mm thickness polished surface finish, a single Salt and Pepper slab averages around Php1,500 to Php2,000 per square meter in the Philippines.
Although uncommon, you may sometimes find Salt and Pepper in depths of 0.80-meter, 0.90-meter, or even above 1.00-meter sold at your local stone supplier. These sizes are more expensive than your standard 0.60-meter deep granite slab.
How Much is the Cost of a Salt and Pepper Granite?
The cost of Salt and Pepper per square meter, like most other granite colors from China, is relative to its width. The wider it gets, the more it will cost you. Therefore, a 0.80-meter deep slab will be more expensive than a standard 0.60-meter piece in terms of its unit cost per square meter. But it will cost cheaper compared to a single slab that is 0.90-meters deep. And so on.
With this, expect to shell out a few extra bucks if you prefer having your L-shaped kitchen countertop in one piece rather than putting two smaller slabs together.
How Do You Take Care of Your Salt and Pepper Granite Countertop?
For interior applications, such as kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops, regular sealing is required for Salt and Pepper once or twice yearly. On the other hand, exterior applications, especially in high-traffic areas, such as floors and pavements, need more frequent resealing.
We highly recommend sealing Salt and Pepper regularly. Wet spots on the stone’s surface easily darken once the sealer wears off. You may need to wait a while for the water to dry.
For instance, on sealed granite, you only need to do is wipe off liquids and food crumbs after every kitchen preparation. It’s that simple.
3. Black Galaxy (India)
Like a field of stars in the night sky, the Black Galaxy is one granite that fascinates the eye.
Scattered across the slab’s black surface are golden specks of Bronzite, which shimmer under the light. Similarly, these grains of gold vary in size and abundance from slab to slab.
Quarried in India, it is one of the most favorite granite choices worldwide. Apart from its enchanting beauty, its ability to withstand the test of time and weather without losing its luster makes it the preferred choice for many residential and commercial applications.
It is a lot denser than most other natural stones. Hence it is less likely to absorb any form of liquid. Even sealer won’t penetrate its surface. Moreover, it resists heat and scratches, making it an ideal countertop material.
Black Galaxy fits well into any design, whether classic or contemporary. It works best with light-themed spaces as it provides a perfect contrast that balances out the whole place. Furthermore, like all other granites, it has an inherent strength that can bear the constant use and abuse of kitchen preparations. Above all, it is strength and beauty combined.
4. Absolute Black (India)
The granite Absolute Black is a sleek and stunning countertop material ideal for white painted cabinets and chrome-finished fixtures. Additionally, it provides a clean, crisp contrast to any light-themed kitchen or bathroom.
Sourced from India, it is known for its deep black color and high-polished surface. With proper lighting, it provides a radiant reflection that brightens up space. Also, it has tiny crystal granules scattered across each slab’s surface.
5. Baltic Brown (Finland)
Quarried in Finland, Baltic Brown is a resilient natural stone popularly used worldwide.
Easily recognizable for its distinct black and brown patterns, Baltic Brown’s surface appears like lava bubbles frozen in time. Although it may seem like a crumbly rock at first glance, this particular granite is highly durable and incredibly dense.
Formed from within the inner fires of the Earth, it can withstand the extremes of temperature– be it heat or frost. Hence, it is useful for both indoor and outdoor applications.
As a kitchen countertop or as a bathroom vanity top, it complements well with most cherry wood or red maple cabinetry. Alternatively, it also provides a beautiful contrast to a minimalist, white space.
Keep it away from other materials with visually striking patterns. The granite’s specks will undoubtedly compete for attention with all the other visual elements nearby.
Outside, it works great on walls, stairs, and floors with the right surface finish. Moreover, it is suitable, too, as pavers and benches in parks and gardens. Its ability to weather against the elements of sun, rain, and snow makes it very much useful outdoors.
Baltic Brown is a unique stone that is both durable and beautiful. Paired with the right materials and installed by an experienced professional, this granite surely makes any space look something worth more its value.
6. Paradiso Light or China Juparana (China)
The granite Paradiso Light, or China Juparana, is a one-of-a-kind natural stone known for its swirling pastel patterns.
Free-flowing veins swirl across the whole slab. These form a series of “waves.” The variations, as a result, create an impression of movement throughout the surface. Moreover, the patterns are all-natural and inconsistent. Hence, each slab of Paradiso Light is genuinely unique.
Installation requires careful attention to every detail. During layout, slabs must be placed side by side to make sure that the seams are accurate. In short, the movement of the veins should flow uniformly.
An experienced installer will take time moving around each piece of the slab to achieve the perfect fit. The result, nevertheless, will undoubtedly be something worth all the effort and cost.
Paradiso Light is something you won’t usually find in most kitchens. Pair it with the right colors from your floor to wall; its distinct beauty will be the envy of many.
7. Blue Pearl (Norway)
The Blue Pearl, Norway’s magnificent Larvik stone, is a distinct grayish-blue granite embedded with glimmering iridescent crystals.
It comes in different shades from metallic blue with silver streaks to dark blue with black and gray specks. Moreover, these variations occur naturally, depending on a particular slab’s quarry. Thus, buyers are highly advised to inspect the actual pieces before purchasing the material(s) as they may differ from the samples and displays seen in showrooms.
Moreover, the most notable characteristic of this particular granite color is its iridescent optical effect (Schiller effect). Hence, the granite appears to change color when viewed from different angles, mainly when directed towards a light.
Furthermore, Blue Pearl, like every other granite, is unyielding. It will not scratch or chip under regular use. Also, heat from hot pots and pans won’t deal any damage either. It has a low absorption rate, so you need not worry about staining.
Blue Pearl is a unique surface that offers a luminous and elegant look in any space. Given its durability, it is a one-time investment which undoubtedly gives a lifetime of service to any home.
8. Emerald Pearl (Norway)
The Emerald Pearl is a pearlescent granite with silver and green flecks of mica quarried from Larvik, Norway.
Much like its counterpart, the Blue Pearl, its appearance varies depending on its quarry source. Also, it can either have a light green surface with silver crystals or a dark green shade with bluish specks.
Lastly, this particular granite color resist tarnishes, making it a perfect choice for a kitchen countertop material. With proper care and maintenance, it will not stain or scratch easily.
Its rich, dark color works best with white painted walls and cabinets. Moreover, the striking contrast provides depth to any kitchen or bathroom space. Furthermore, the reflections from its metallic minerals add a little sparkle and shine to any room.
Have you seen any of these granite colors lately? Do you have one in your current kitchen at home? What are your thoughts about it? Share your experience in the comment box below!
Where can you buy granite slabs in the Philippines?
If you are looking for a way to upgrade your kitchen, come and visit the nearest Stone Depot slab yard in your city. We are a direct importer of countertop materials, such as granite, marble, and engineered quartz. In addition, our company sources our products from various quarries around the world, like China, India, and Greece.
Since 2015, we have worked with thousands of customers, contractors, and developers. As a result, Stone Depot has built a strong and dependable reputation as the go-to choice for natural and engineered stones in the Visayas (Cebu) and Mindanao (Davao and CDO).
In short, with us, you can choose from a wide variety of colors, finishes, and sizes of stones available in our slab yard. Our mission, above all, is to deliver our products and services on time, in high-quality, and at a fair price. And we intend to keep it that way. Always.