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How to Update Your Older Granite Countertops

Posted on November 11, 2020 by KylieMawdsley

 

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Is your kitchen being held hostage by fugly granite countertops from the 1990s or early 2000s? Are you wanting to update your walls or cabinets, but don’t know what paint colours will work – can you do white, can you do gray, can you do ANYTHING? And let’s not get STARTED on what to do with that ole backsplash…

Don’t worry, I’ve got your back and I’m here to help.

Sherwin Williams painted off white cabinets with granite countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting (1)

Read more: 5 Ideas to Update Your 1990s Home

Most granite patterns from 20-30 years ago weren’t picked with LONGEVITY in mind, they were picked because they suited the current trends, trends that no longer apply unless you’re still sponge-painting your walls and stuffing plastic bags in your bra like me valances. The ones we’re hitting today include…

  • SANTA CECILIA
  • NEW VENETIAN GOLD
  • SAPPHIRE BLUE
  • PEACOCK GREEN
  • UBA TUBA (seriously, who named this one, a Teletubby?)
  • BALTIC BROWN

Country farmhouse style kitchen with Cloud Whtie cabinets, black granite, butcher block island. Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert blog

But not ALL older granite countertops are a challenge and in fact, some are friggin’ GORGEOUS and highly coveted. Others are maybe not coveted but are still easy enough to work with – the most TIMELESS and VERSATILE granite being BLACK.

Natural cherry cabinets, black granite, travertine tile subway backsplash, pot filler, stainless steel

See more of this kitchen HERE

However, even some of the BEST-INTENTIONED black granite countertops have flecks of pink, taupe, green and blue in them that severely limit their long-term potential, making UPDATING a heck of a lot more difficult, but not impossible if you have a lil’ Ginger in your back pocket (I pinch upon request).

Black granite with taupe pink flecks and cream cabinet. Kylie M Interiors kitchen update modernize ideas and tips

And by the way, if you think your granite countertop is calling all the shots, you might be surprised to hear that your BACKSPLASH actually calls first dibs on paint colours as it’s on the same vertical sight-line as the cabinets/walls – the preferences of your countertop come in second place.

Suuuuure, it’s all good in the hood if your countertop and backsplash coordinate, but if they DON’T (which is the case more often than not with homes from the 90s), you may want to think about refreshing it too.

oak kitchen before being painted

In the above example, while the floor threw a small wrench into things, I was still able to give my clients some great options for the walls and cabinets as the countertop and backsplash worked together AND coincided with the owner’s personal tastes (I’m just awaiting the after photos)!

In this next example, the granite countertop was still going strong, but the backsplash was limiting the potential of this space…

Painted maple kitchen cabinets before and after, similar to Benjamin White Dove. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, update ideas blog

After, you can see how a fresh new backsplash, along with a coordinated cabinet paint colour brought this kitchen back to LIFE!

Remember, your outdated countertops can STILL look amazing if you surround them with the right paint colour, backsplash and decor – in fact, there are some granites I’ve grown to LOVE in my E-Design adventures! The key is to stop FIGHTING your granite and choose paint colours and products that actually SUIT it – that’s how you create a space with style and intention.

As the great Britney Spears once said, let’s hit that baby one more time…

The key is to stop FIGHTING your granite and choose paint colours and products that actually SUIT it…

Green painted wood cabinet in laundry and mud room. White Dove walls, slate flooring. Soapstone countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color blog DIY

I believe the above countertop is actually soapstone, but it proves my point – going WITH IT works! 

Maple kitchen before painting

Maple painted wood cabinets, Sherwin Williams off white with dark greige green island and granite countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color expert

So, how DO you update a kitchen or bathroom with outdated granite countertops?

  1. Paint the cabinets and/or walls
  2. Replace the backsplash
  3. Modernize the hardware and light fixtures
  4. Refresh the accents

Today we’re going to focus on coordinating your granite countertop with paint colours and backsplash ideas, as they’re your best BANG-FOR-BUCK ideas (non-street corner style). But before we get started, I want to make a VERY IMPORTANT POINT about painted cabinets…

If you want to paint your cabinets and can’t find a paint colour that both YOU and your countertop love, it might be best to leave them stained wood! This can ESPECIALLY be the case if you have a backsplash or tile flooring that isn’t SUPER well-coordinated with the countertop – PAINT CAN’T FIX EVERYTHING (but wine can certainly help) 

Ideas to update wood cabinets, oak, cherry or maple with new hardware and backsplash. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color advice and blog

Are you ready to dive in? I know I am…

Ideas to update outdated old granite countertops. Kylie M Interiors. Paint colour, backsplash. Uba tuba, Cecilia, Baltic Brown, Sapphire Blue and more

BTW, Online Colour Consulting is how I support my family. So, while I can’t give SPECIFIC colour instructions on this blog post, you’ll find helpful links to some of my 350+ articles sprinkled throughout. My goal is to get you headed in the right direction and if you need more specific advice – please check out my packages and I can give you some personal attention! 

1. SANTA CECILIA GRANITE UPDATE IDEAS

SIMILAR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: New Venetian Gold, Giallo Ornamental

Oh Ceciiiiiilia, you’re breakin’ my heart…anyways.

Santa Cecilia is a WARM granite with the following colours…

  • Creamy soft off-white
  • Warm golden tones and beige
  • Warm greige-taupe with a purple (purple-pink) undertone
  • Black

IDEAS TO UPDATE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS SAINT CECILIA in a kitchen.

Santa Cecilia Home Depot

The key with Santa Cecilia granite is that you SHOULDN’T introduce anything new on the cabinets that doesn’t ALREADY EXIST in the countertop. If you add a new colour, there won’t be a visual connection between your cabinets and countertops and it’ll be hot mess. Any NEW colour needs to be in the form of an accent, not a full-scale commitment.

THE EXCEPTION. If you paint your main cabinets white, you could paint your island a darker muted teal inspired colour as the teal on the island will act more like an ACCENT to the room (but it can still look a bit dated if you ask me…)

Antique White painted cabinets. Granite countertops are Santa Cecilia granite, Antique White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign before

BTW – there are SEVERAL varieties of this granite countertop and there’s ALWAYS variation between slabs, so the examples might not show the EXACT Santa Cecilia that you have.

Read more…

The 5 Best Off-White Paint Colours

Sherwin Williams 4 Warm Gray Paint Colours

CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS WHITE IF I HAVE SANTA CECILIA GRANITE?

Yes, but they have to be CONSIDERABLY warm and soft – not stark or clean.

JR Photography

It can also look nice if you have soft warm white main cabinets and paint the island a dark colour like a soft warm black that’s bordering on black-brown.

Read more…

The Best Warm White Paint Colours

How to Choose the Best Paint Colour for Your Cabinets

IF I HAVE SANTA CECILIA GRANITE, CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS GRAY?

Nope. The gray you think you’re seeing in Santa Cecilia is more of a greige or taupe, so it’s warmer with a subtle purple or purple-pink undertone.

WHAT ARE THE BEST PAINT COLOURS FOR MY WALLS IF I HAVE SANTA CECILIA GRANITE?

  • While I wouldn’t put a gray on the cabinets, I would check out a CONSIDERABLY warm gray with purple undertones for the walls and absolutely NO blue or green undertones!
  • Warm, golden-beige paint colours
  • Soft muted cream paint colours

View into kitchen and family room before painted cabinets

Kitchen painted maple cabinets in warm white, Sherwin Williams Alabaster, Cream beige walls, Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online color consultant. Formal, traditional style open layout kitchen

JR Photography

Read more…

The Best Paint Colours for Island and Vanities

Benjamin Moore’s 8 Best Gray Paint Colours

WHAT’S THE BEST TYPE OF BACKSPLASH TO UPDATE SANTA CECILIA GRANITE?

THIS is where a lot of people hop on the wrong bus – STOP, YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!

white subway tile and granite countertops

That’s right, if you’re thinking of doing a WHITE subway tile backsplash or heaven-forbid, MARBLE (yes, I’ve seen it all), you need to put on the brakes and shift into a new gear.

In the above example, my client was looking for a paint colour for her cabinets. I had to break it to her that paint wasn’t going to fix things and could in fact, further the disconnect between her backsplash and countertop – she needed a new backsplash. And of course, I can’t FIND the after photos to show you, but maybe my client is reading this and will resend them (wink wink nudge nudge…).

So, instead of white subway tile, take a look at…

  • Soft off-white tiles that DIRECTLY match the soft white in the countertop. For a subtle look, match it with soft white grout. If you want to add some visual interest, choose a light to medium-depth grout that matches the greige/taupe in the countertop
  • Greige-taupe tiles that have the same purple undertones as the flecks in your countertop. For this look, I would do a soft white grout to add a bit of contrast and visual interest

Read more: 4 Subway Tile Ideas for Your Bathroom or Backsplash

2. NEW VENETIAN GOLD GRANITE UPDATE IDEAS

SIMILAR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: Santa Cecilia, Giallo Ornamental

New Venetian Gold granite is VERY SIMILAR to Santa Cecilia, with only a few subtle changes…

  • Soft warm off-white without much yellow in it
  • Warm golden tones and beige with a mild green undertone
  • Warm taupe with a purple-pink undertone
  • Almost black-brown
  • Burgundy/maroon

Ideas to update modernize granite New Venetian Gold. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy advice

New Venetian Gold Home Depot

Just like with ‘ole Cecilia, you SHOULDN’T introduce anything new on the cabinets that doesn’t ALREADY EXIST in the countertop. If you add a new colour, there won’t be a visual connection between your cabinets and countertops and it’ll look fugly – trust ye old Ginger on that one. Any NEW colour needs to be in the form of an accent, not a full-scale commitment.

ideas to update Venetian Gold or Saint Cecilia granite, this doesn't look good

THE EXCEPTION? NO EXCEPTION FOR YOU! Seriously, New Venetian Gold just wants you to pick up what it’s throwin’ down.

In the above, example, the walls are too drab and flat for the type of warmth in New Venetian Gold. With a bit more depth and undertone, there could’ve been a better connection OR if they’d gone for a warmer approach (and don’t even get me started on the backsplash #hotmessofundertones).

BTW – there can be A LOT of variation between slabs, so the examples might not show the EXACT Venetian Gold that you have.

CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS WHITE IF I HAVE NEW VENETIAN GOLD?

Yes, you can paint your cabinets white, but you need a warm soft white, not a stark clean one.

Read more…

Should I Paint My Cabinets or Leave them Stained? A QUESTIONNAIRE

The 3 Whites I Would NEVER Paint My Trim or Cabinets

IF I HAVE NEW VENETIAN GOLD GRANITE, CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS GRAY?

HECK NO! Don’t let those wee little flecks trick you as they aren’t gray – they fall more in the taupe range (which is warmer with more of a purple-pink undertone).

One of my favourite applications with New Venetian Gold is to paint the main cabinets a soft warm white and the island in a darker warm greige-taupe paint colour. You can also consider a dark brown or burgundy, but this blog post is about UPDATING your room, not back-dating it – wink wink.

Online paint colour consultant Benjamin Moore Sherwin Williams, Vancouver Island, USA, UK. Interior, exterior, edesign colors. Kylie M Interiors, blogger marketing

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WHAT ARE THE BEST PAINT COLOURS FOR MY WALLS IF I HAVE NEW VENETIAN GOLD GRANITE?

If you’re looking to freshen up your walls, you can check out some versions of…

WHAT’S THE BEST TYPE OF BACKSPLASH TO UPDATE NEW VENETIAN GOLD GRANITE?

Just like with Cecilia, you’ll want to make a good colour connection when it comes to your backsplash…

  • Soft off-white tiles that DIRECTLY match the soft white in your countertop. For a subtle look, match it with warm white grout. If you want to add some visual interest, choose a light to medium-depth grout that matches the taupe in the countertop
  • Taupe tiles that have the same purple undertones as the flecks in your countertop. For this look, I would do a soft white grout to add a bit of contrast and visual interest
  • A lot of people look to travertine, but MOST travertine tiles have the wrong undertones for New Venetian Gold and Santa Cecilia

3. PEACOCK GREEN GRANITE (BLACK) UPDATE IDEAS

SIMILAR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: Green or Verde Uba Tuba

Peacock Green Granite has a DOMINANT black base along with the following colours…

  • Green-blue blend with some gray to calm it down
  • Gray with a blue-green undertone
  • Golden brown specks/veining (more so than Uba Tuba)
  • A WINK of taupe
  • Specks of white

Peacook Green, black granite countertops. Ideas to udpate and modernize the kitchen or bathroom. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, best cabinet paint colours

Peacock Green Granite Home Depot

Peacock Green Granite is a tricky one, as a lot of people see it as black, however, it has some VERY interesting and finicky undertones in it! Again, the key is to not introduce any NEW colour to your palette and instead, pick up one what you already see.

THE EXCEPTION. There’s NO exception with this bad boy – you’ve got to go with it or you WILL be going against it!

BTW – there can be QUITE a bit of variation between slabs, so the examples might not show the EXACT Peacock Green that you have.

CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS WHITE IF I HAVE PEACOCK GREEN GRANITE?

Yes, as long as you’re okay with a HIGH contrast look. As far as the ‘actual white’ goes, I wouldn’t do an overly warm one, nor a super STARK one, but rather a soft white.

BUT (a great big one…), there are more things at play in a kitchen, such as backsplash tiles and flooring. In this next example, while the countertop here WASN’T Peacock Green, it had similar colours in it (gray-green) and we could’ve easily done white cabinets. However, we had to take the backsplash and floor into consideration, both of which WOULDN’T have been happy if we did!

Maple, cherry toned kitchen before being painted and updated (6)

In my client’s Online Colour Consultation, I suggested several options, of which they chose a SOFT warm off-white to humour the needs of the backsplash and tile floor, while still updating and brightening the space…

Kitchen update ideas, green granite, black appliances, painted off-white maple cabinets, travertine backsplash. Sherwin Balanced Beige walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online consultant

Before, from a different angle…

maple cherry kitchen wood cabinets before being painted

And after, MUCH lighter and brighter – without being white…

Maple kitchen cabinets painted off-white with beige tile floor and backsplash. Balanced Beige walls. Kitchen update ideas. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant

Read more: Should I Paint My Cabinets or Leave them Stained? A QUESTIONNAIRE

IF I HAVE PEACOCK GREEN GRANITE, CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS GRAY?

Well, you can paint your cabinets gray-ish, but that gray will need some VERY SERIOUS green (green-blue) undertones in it. If not, it could look purple (as every gray has undertones) and will CLASH with your countertop.

Read more: The Best Blue-Green Paint Colours

WHAT ARE THE BEST PAINT COLOURS FOR MY WALLS IF I HAVE PEACOCK GREEN GRANITE?

Refreshing your walls can be a great way to update the look of Peacock Green granite. Check out some of these…

WHAT’S THE BEST TYPE OF BACKSPLASH TO UPDATE PEACOCK GREEN GRANITE?

If you want to update your backsplash, it will depend on what colour your cabinets are (and for the sake of brevity and sanity I can’t cover them ALL), but generally speaking…

  • With WOOD CABINETS, I would look at gray (with green-blue undertones) or green-blue tiles. White would be awfully stark
  • With WHITE CABINETS, I would look at gray (with green-blue undertones) or green-blue tiles

There are other, similar granite countertops with green in them, like this next one. In this case, we’re looking at a WARM green, not a cool green, and would adjust our colours/undertones accordingly…

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, beige with green undertone with green granite. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

BTW, I have some FANTASTIC blog post re: updating the green-inspired surfaces in your home, check them out here…

How to Update Forest Green Countertops, Carpet or Tile

The Best Accent Tiles to Update Forest Green Countertops

How to Update Forest Green in Your Home

4. SAPPHIRE BLUE GRANITE UPDATE IDEAS

Oh, that Sapphire Blue is ALWAYS a bugger with its particular blend of colours…

  • Black
  • Rose-taupe blend – so a mix of gray-beige with purple-pink
  • Gray with a strong blue-purple undertone
  • Soft dark taupe-based brown

Ideas to update, modernize Sapphire Blue granite countertops. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, paint cabinets and backsplash ideas, advice blogger

Sapphire Blue Granite Home Depot

Seriously, I actually had to take a deep chug of wine straight from the bottle breath before I dove into this one. Why? Well, because what I have to WRITE, isn’t always what my readers want to READ.

CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS WHITE IF I HAVE SAPPHIRE BLUE GRANITE?

That’s a hard no.

BUT WHY NOT?

Because Sapphire Blue doesn’t have any white in it, it’s a tough sell to introduce it on such a large scale as cabinets. You CAN, but I’ve found that with the particular colours in Sapphire Blue, white cabinets can make it look more dated. If you REEEEAALLLY want white cabinets, DON’T choose a warm white.

BTW – there can be QUITE a bit of variation between slabs, so the examples might not show the EXACT Sapphire Blue that you have.

IF I HAVE SAPPHIRE BLUE GRANITE, CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS GRAY?

This is where we can breathe a little easier and go back to our sippy cups as YES, you can paint your cabinets gray, but it can’t be ANY old gray or some of the more POPULAR gray paint colours like Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray or Gray Owl. You will want to sample the following carefully…

  • Grays with decent blue-purple undertones. Blue LOVES to move around, so make sure you hit the right one and the right depth (nothing too light)!
  • Warm muddy grays with a soft purple undertone (check out my DOZENS of paint colour reviews!)
  • Colours that are even warmer, going into the greige and subtle taupe end of things

Read more…

Should I Paint My Cabinets or Leave them Stained? A QUESTIONNAIRE

WHAT ARE THE BEST PAINT COLOURS FOR MY WALLS IF I HAVE SAPPHIRE BLUE GRANITE?

If you’re looking to freshen up your walls, you can check out some versions of…

Read more…

5 Ideas to Update Your 1990s Home

Sherwin Williams Best Gray and Greige Paint Colours

WHAT’S THE BEST TYPE OF BACKSPLASH TO UPDATE SAPPHIRE BLUE GRANITE?

Again, it can really depend on what colour your cabinets are, but generally speaking, check out…

  • Greige-taupe tiles with the same undertones as the flecks in your countertop
  • Warm gray tiles with reasonably strong purple-pink undertones
  • Gray tiles with a blue-purple undertone

5.  UBA TUBA GRANITE UPDATE IDEAS 

ALSO KNOWN AS…

  • VERDE UBA TUBA
  • BUTTERFLY
  • GREEN LABRADOR OR VERDE LABRADOR
  • GREEN UBA TUBA
  • UBA TUBA GOLD

SIMILAR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: Butterfly Green, Peacock Green, Amazon Green

Uba Tuba is tricky as there are SO many versions and colour blends. While some focus harder on a cool green with gold, black and silver flecks, others drop all of the green, grabbing only black, gold, taupe and white! So, I’m going with the two UBA’s I see the most…

Paint colour and backsplash ideas to update uba tuba green granite countertops. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online diy advice blogger

Uba Tuba Granite Home Depot

Uba tuba granite ideas to update for cabinet colour, tile backsplash.

CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS WHITE IF I HAVE UBA TUBA GRANITE?

YES! Most versions of Uba Tuba do just fine with white cabinets.

Travertine tile floor, black granite countertop, cream painted island, dark wood cabinets. Kylie M interiors edesign, client before photo

Read more…

Benjamin Moore’s 8 Best White Paint Colours

Sherwin Williams 4 Best White Paint Colours

IF I HAVE UBA TUBA GRANITE, CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS GRAY?

Some of the Uba Tuba’s love gray cabinets as long as you hone in on the right undertones…

  • If you have the green-based Uba Tuba, you’ll want a gray with cool green or green-blue undertones and AVOID purple
  • If you have the black-based Uba Tuba, I would avoid gray cabinets as they could enhance the gold and make the countertop look more dated

Painted wood maple cabinets. Pure White and Iron Ore, Sherwin Williams Kylie M Interiors online virtual paint color and decorating advice. Black granite countertops

BTW – there can be QUITE a bit of variation between slabs, so the examples might not show the EXACT Uba Tuba that you have.

WHAT ARE THE BEST PAINT COLOURS FOR MY WALLS IF I HAVE UBA TUBA GRANITE?

If you’re looking to freshen up your walls, it depends on which Uba Tuba you have…

Read more: The 12 Best Whole Home Gray and Greige Paint Colours

WHAT’S THE BEST TYPE OF BACKSPLASH TO UPDATE UBA TUBA GRANITE?

When it comes to the best backsplash to update Uba Tuba, it can really depend on what colour your cabinets are. Let’s start with the green-based Uba Tuba shown above…

  • With WOOD OR WHITE CABINETS check out gray-green tiles (NO PURPLE!), white tiles with NO yellow undertone or green tiles (if you’re feeling brave)
  • With gray/green cabinets, check out a clean white subway tile

If you have the black-based Uba Tuba, you might look at…

  • With WOOD OR WHITE CABINETS, try a soft white subway tile, but NOT a stark one (if you have white cabinets, the two whites should match). Partner it with a soft beige grout to pick up on the gold tones in the countertop. You can also look at some travertine tile backsplashes. Doing this in a more MODERN subway tile pattern can update the look of this black granite

6. BALTIC BROWN GRANITE UPDATE IDEAS

Ahhhh, Baltic Brown, you’ve been kickin’ it for a long time my friend and I know ALL of your dirty secrets, including colours like…

  • Black
  • Cream (not overly yellow)
  • Orange-toned (leaning pink rather than yellow)
  • Green (cool green-blue, not yellow-green)

But, NO TWO GRANITE SLABS WERE CREATED ALIKE, and this is definitely the case with Baltic Brown as you can get slabs that are bit darker and richer like this…

Ideas to update, modernize Baltic Brown granite countertop tile. Painted cabinets and backsplash. Kylie M Interiors Edesing

Or lighter and brighter like this…

Ideas to update modernize Baltic Brown green granite countertops, painted cabinets and backsplash. Kylie M Interiors edesign, diy decorating advice blogger

Which makes it REALLY HARD for me to specify which direction you should go in. So, I’m going with what I see in the AVERAGE consult with Baltic Brown.

CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS WHITE IF I HAVE BALTIC BROWN GRANITE?

For the love of everything beautiful –  no. Because Baltic Brown doesn’t have legit white in it, white cabinets would look stark and out of place in a kitchen with these countertops.

However, you CAN paint your cabinets a soft warm off-white, as long as it doesn’t lean into yellow/cream. Baltic Brown favours an orange undertone and one that leans slightly into red (pink) rather than yellow.

Oak kitchen cabinet update ideas before being painted white with island colour (3)

Painted oak cabinets, Baltic Brown granite green countertop, travertine backsplash. Update ideas Kylie M Interiors Edesign. (3)

BTW, HUGE thanks to my E-Design clients who send their after photos in, I couldn’t do this without you! 

Read more…

Should I Paint My Cabinets or Leave them Stained Wood? A QUESTIONNAIRE

IF I HAVE BALTIC BROWN GRANITE, CAN I PAINT MY CABINETS GRAY?

You can paint your cabinets gray, but they can’t be a TRADITIONAL or standard gray paint colour as they will need a MASSIVE shot of green in them and absolutely NO PURPLE OR BLUE! And along with a heavy dose of green, you’ll also want some depth –  no off-white or light depths for THIS countertop.

You can also hit a SLIIIGHTLY warm green undertone, like a warm gray with a green undertone (but in the DARKER range only).

Oak kitchen cabinet update ideas before being painted white with island colour (6)

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, painted oak cabinets, dark green gray island off-white cabinets. Sherwin Williams. Travertine backsplash and green, orange, beige granite countertop. Kilim Beige

WHAT ARE THE BEST PAINT COLOURS FOR MY WALLS IF I HAVE BALTIC BROWN GRANITE?

If you’re looking to freshen up your walls, you can check out some versions of…

WHAT ARE THE BEST BACKSPLASH IDEAS TO UPDATE BALTIC BROWN GRANITE?

I actually like working with Baltic Brown, as it’s pretty clear on its preferences…

  • Some travertine tiles. The key is to choose an updated subway tile pattern, not a diamond or square-lay pattern. The above travertine tile has a great COLOUR, but the diamond pattern does date it a bit
  • Gray tiles with a strong green undertone

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  1. What are best paint colors for walls with a seafoam green granite and mocha terra ignis subway tile. Should I go lighter or darker than the tiles? I have traditional natural cupreous birch cabinets in good shape that I love the grain but am also drawn to these painted cabinets ( altho my husband says don’t get any ideas!!) Why are men like that!

    Have looked at your packages and am unsure which one is appropriate for kitchen wall colors with cabinet colors – (granite and backsplash are recent installs.) Thanks Kylie!

  2. I have one of the unfortunate granites you mention and a budget of about 45 cents. I’ve been reading about coatings for countertops that you can just paint on, with colors like black, black w/ tiny white speckles, etc. Frankly, they sound very appealing. Do you have any opinions about this?

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      Oooo Jude, I’d be careful as while the idea sounds good, on a product like granite I worry about the durability and longevity. I mean, ANYTHING is paintable, but countertops are such high traffic areas! I’ve seen many painted countertops done this way, but the ones I’ve seen have been worn down in areas. I lean more towards embracing what you have and working WITH it, rather than against it :).

  3. Kylie,
    Thank you for all of this information! This is exactly what my husband and I have been discussing lately. What we should use on our backsplash and cabinets and save the Santa Cecelia granite. Your suggestions have greatly helped us with the next step of shopping for the updates. We painted the walls SW Gossimer Veil, changed the floors from creamy tile look to a warm chestnut hickory 5″ wide plank, My only concern is we used SW Pure White on our trim in all of the updates. What cabinet color would you suggest? We will take your information and start looking for the backsplash next. Thank you again for posting the 2000 to 2020 update!

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      Hi Judy! Well, if you used Pure White on the trim already, I would DEFINITELY recommend continuing that on the cabinets for the sake of flow, otherwise, one white can EASILY make another look dingy/yellow/etc.. in comparison :). And I think Pure White could be lovely! I almost wonder if you had them darken it by 25% if it would give it just a bit more body, while still keeping it flowing with the trim…hmmm…

  4. I just love reading your articles. I am a true fan. This last one hits home so much for me since I did put black granite in around the early 2000’s. My backsplash is sand-soap and cherry cabinets. (sound dated..?? lol I’m working on total home updates now a little at a time ) My floor tile is neutral, but also sand-soap. I’m so tempted to paint my cabinets in a warm off white. How hard is it to pull off a tile backsplash? Will I have to replace the wall board?? My other question is – With all the painting going on with cabinets today, How well does the paint hold up? If it were factory baked on, I would assume, pretty well. I’m just afraid I would be sorry in a few years when it has family wear and tear going on and starts to peel or chip. Thought?? ~ linda

  5. What off white color for the cabinets would you recommend with Baltic Brown granite ? I’m trying to brighten up my kitchen.

    1. Exactly what I need to know as well. I use Behr paint and there are so many shade of off white. Idk which one to choose. I was also confused on the back splash comment. Subway tile but not square or triangle.

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