Granite is a popular stone, bringing an organic energy and sense of wealth and elegance, while being durable, reliable and very hygienic. White granite is one that surprises people, most often mistaking them for marble. Today, we’re going to take a very brief look at 25 of the best white granites that’re currently in style.
Before we begin, though, do note that these are only some of the more popular white granites, and a variety of others do exist, so if one of these isn’t quite what you’re looking for, but you like the luminosity and light-refraction of white stone, there are many others to choose from.
These are the most popular ones at the moment, though most of these are timeless enough to keep their appeal well into the future, for sure.
River white is often mistaken for marble, due to the flowing, rippling streaks of gray and black striating it. Along with speckles of off white and bright white, it creates a very textured organic, lively appearance that resembles flowing water.
This is why it’s called river white, due to this fluid-like appearance, and the texturing resembling rapids. It creates an energy and liveliness to your kitchen or bathroom that’s hard to put into words, but feels very alive and welcoming. This is a contract to the old sentiment that stone can seem static and lacking in vibrance, for sure.
White ice granite at first glance, kind of looks like river white, with striations of black against an off white, with hints of brighter shades. But as you look, you will notice it doesn’t have the same fluid sensation to it, but rather a crisper, more luminous appearance. It’s not a cheap granite, being mined in small, limited quantities in Brazil.
Anyone who knows their stone will therefore be impressed by your use of white ice, and anyone less familiar, will be quite taken with the warm yet crisp look of this rare granite. Like river white, it exudes a certain energy that’s hard to really describe.
Colonial is ideal for kitchens that want to pair a darker floor or cabinet accent choice with an otherwise still quite bright and light-amplifying granite. It’s not quite as bright as some other granites, having a lot of darker whites and light grays to accompany the soft black speckling, meaning it’s a good compromise for those who don’t always want that sterile or overly voluminous sensation some whites can provide.
This is commonly cut in mirrored bookmark fashion, for some interesting patterns.
Super white sounds like it’d be blindingly bright, but that’s not the case. Even the brighter areas of it actually are an off white or very light gray, with interesting blotch and streak patterns through it, providing something evocative of the classical architecture of old, while often being cut in modern but timeless styles.
Note that this is sometimes listed as a marble by some stone dealers.
Kashmir, from India where there’s a decent amount of garnet, is a really interesting speckled stone that many would describe as being leopard-like. Not unlike river white, it feels almost alive and in motion, providing an exotic, rich-in-dimensionality appearance that pairs well with mostly white, or mixed-color kitchen styles.
Note that this is one of the granites that’s prone to staining due to the garnet impurities.
Another somewhat limited Brazilian granite, this one has probably the most texture, with a mix of speckling, striation and clusters of whites and grays. It has a somewhat wintery vibe to it, being bright, yet not overly so, and the black striation makes it easier to keep looking clean. It pairs excellently with browns and other earth tones, but also works with mostly white or even pastel combinations.
Following this trend of Brazilian granites, white spring is similar to Alaska, with the ratio of dark-to-light mostly mirrored. This brings in a bit more light, and has some reddish hints to it, making it pair magnificently with cherry, red oak or darker brown cabinets, adding some contract and warmth, while maintaining excellent light enhancement.
Moon white is another Indian stone, with a mixture of taupe, gray and shades of white. While the shades of gray can be very dark, there’s rarely any actual black in this stone, which means it pairs nicely with earth tones and shades of gray elsewhere in your kitchen, for that modern, less-than-rustic look.
This is often imitated by synthetics, which can be unfortunate.
This Chinese stone earned its name for the nebular look of its patterning, with hints of blue, gray and darker blue that makes it stand out compared to other multi-tone stones on this list. Despite not being neutral, these blues work surprisingly well with most kitchen styles.
This Namibian stone is similar to Galaxy, though without the hints of blue. It has a wintery sense to it not unlike white ice, though with a more muddled background to reduce glare.
The striation of this stone makes it very marble-like in its appearance and texture. It’s very similar to super white, and they’re sometimes classified together. If you like the look of marble, but prefer the durability and consistency of granite, this is definitely worth looking into.
This name sounds like a gladiator, doesn’t it? Another Brazilian granite, this has a very clear background compared to many others, with some interesting mixtures and concentrations of darker patterns, which gives it a sparkle and texture that’s very unique. You don’t see delicatus that often, so if you want something a little different, you might just love this stone. It’s evocative of stormy skies or aerial views of snow-capped mountains.
This is, actually surprisingly, only the second Chinese stone we’ve looked at. China produces some beautiful stone, and glacier is no exception. It can look marble-like if the striations are more strand-like, but it can also often convey a more traditional granite appearance. It’s very bright, despite the darker patterning.
Thunder gets is name from the resemblance its billowing, swirling striations and off-white/gray pairings can produce, which look like thunder clouds. It’s a but more understated in brightness, but still has a warm energy that really dark stones do not. It’s more diverse than a lot of other stones in its variation in possible finishes too.
As the name would suggest, this is evocative of rustic mountain villas and snowy, winter getaways. With a chip-like patterning of various colors against shades of white, you might see turquoise or earth tones mixed into this, which actually makes it ridiculously easy to pair with all kinds of kitchen styles. This Brazilian granite is easy to maintain a clean look thanks to the colorful nature of it.
This Finnish granite is evocative of snow, with bright whites and darker striations, and the most naturally reflective look of any granite on the market. If you want to capture sunlight or take the dingy edge off of artificial light, while having an energetic texture to boot, then this is probably the granite you’ll really enjoy.
Pearl is a very light granite with light gray striation and speckles throughout it, giving it a taupe or almost pink appearance evocative of, yes, pearl. Oddly, the two sources of this granite couldn’t be more geographically different, those being the US and Saudi Arabia.
Pearl may not have visible patterning (though it is there), so if you like this unique hue, but want a less patterned granite, that can be accomplished depending on availability.
Another Namibian granite, the swirling patterns of this stone produce a unique hint of robin’s egg blue, often making it comparable to Carrera marble. From a distance, it’s a light blue-gray, and up close, the texturing really shows itself with an understated but present energy. It’s unique, another choice if you want something different.
Ornamental granite, another Brazilian granite (it seems as if that entire country is made of granite), contains shades of taupe and tan, with a speckled, kind of off salt and pepper texture. For people who like the crispness of white, but want consistent pattern style and none of the clinical nature of some whites, this is a good choice. It pairs well with other natural stones and modern materials.
It’s hard to say if this Sri Lankan stone is named for the goddess or the galaxy, but the mix of onyx and cherry or mahogany blotching creates a unique texture that some have said resembles an impossibly light travertine. It has a ritzy feel to it, and an old world warmth, often used in French Country and old fashioned rustic American kitchen styles, as well as modern styles.
This is actually a form of super white, with sharper, larger areas of striation, and more of a dark speckling throughout. Unlike regular super white, hints of brown or yellow can shine through this north Indian stone. If you like the look of monument granites, this is often the material used.
Yet another Brazilian stone, this textured stone resembles crashing waves on a black sand beach, with a strong yet not overpowering energy and dimensionality that makes it really stand out. It also has a magnificent reflective level, and pairs so well with darker woods and steel appliances.
Tiger gets its name from its place of origin – Thailand. The patterns, of which there are two primary, has a tiger-like stripe and striation, with the other being elegant blotches the native people of Thailand liken to tiger footprints in sandy soil. Excellent for light and dark contrast pairings in kitchens, and conveying the richness often associated with marbles.
Valley is a commonplace granite, with its streaks of light and dark gray against a very clear white. It looks like a wealthy stone, but lacks the constant upkeep and maintenance of such, making it a very popular go-to. This stone is becoming very popular in modern kitchen styles of the past decade or so, and is excellent at either capturing natural light, or working well with soft, under-stated ambient light as well.
Bethel gets its name from its source in Bethel, Vermont. Another granite evocative of marble, this speckled granite is durable, and very widely used across the world in elegant applications from France to Abu Dhabi. It does have the misfortune of being another oft-imitated look in artificial counter tops, though the gloss of the real thing, as well as the non-machined patterns, are unmistakable with more than just a casual glance.
These are just 25 of the best choices for white granite, and not the only white granites on the market. And white granites are but one category among many equally vast and diverse ones out there. Granite is a gorgeous, luxurious and (for stone) affordable material, so the sky is the limit with your choices of patterns and styles to match them.
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