5. Baltic Brown (Finland)

Brown granite countertop from Finland
Baltic Brown Granite

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 which 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)

China Juparana
Paradiso Light or China Juparana Granite

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.

China Juparana vanity top in Cebu, Philippines
Paradiso Light granite vanity top for a hotel project in Cebu City, Cebu

Installation requires careful attention to every detail. During layout, slabs must be placed side by side to make sure that the seams are accurate. Movement of the veins should flow uniformly.

An experienced installer will take time moving around each piece of 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.

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