Baltic brown granite is a mesmerizing stone that is well known for its distinctive blotchy patterns. It is also called Coffe Diamond and Baltic Brun. Despite its name – it is actually quarried in southern Finland and combined the quarries in this area produce vast amounts of the stone each year.
The predominant color of this stone is a light chocolate brown. It looks so good you kind of want to lick it. Although this granite is called Baltic brown – a huge amount of it is a actually black thanks to the mineral orthoclase.
The natural geological processes around the quarries of this granite have produced a pattern that is quite unusual. The black and brown are merged together very densely creating an almost ink blotch like pattern that has been likened to an almost leopard print style pattern.
Speckled throughout the stone are small quartz crystals that are so tiny that they are not really visible to the naked eye. But from certain angles you can see slight twinkles and sparkles as the light reflects off of them.
The resulting appearance is unlike any other type of granite and is certainly something that is going to be a talking point. A relative of mine actually has this Baltic brown in their home – and without fail, whenever we have get-togethers and people see their countertops for the first time, they cannot help but comment on how beautiful it is.
There is a medium amount of variation within this type of granite, with different quarries having different concentrations of the black minerals.
However this variation is usually only between different quarries. And if you see a sample slab from one quarry – you can be pretty sure all the other stone in the sane quarry will be similar in appearance.
How Much Does Baltic Brown Granite Cost?
This amazing stone is actually very very cheap. You can expect to pay around $20-$30 per square foot for a 3cm thick slab. $15-$25 per square foot for a 2cm thick slab.
However It brings a very serious feel to any room. Which is perhaps why it is so cheap. It is quite overpowering and can be quite difficult to integrate into existing designs effectively.
You would expect Its strong brown and black colors to fit right in with any neutral color kitchen – however with white cabinets or lighter colors, it can completely dominate the room. Leaving the whole place with quite a strange overall appearance.
It works best with dark brown or even cherry cabinets, the darker the better. And despite the difficulties of getting the correct color combination – when it is used correctly with complementing colors. It can look absolutely stunning.