Bianco Antico granite is a stone loved for its crisp white bedrock and stunning brown mineral deposits. It is quarried in Ceara, Brazil and is not commonly known by any other industry names.
It’s a great stone with loads of character – thinking about using this in your kitchen? Read on to find out more.
When viewed from afar Bianco Antico granite looks an overall white / grey color.
Its overall appearance is not uniform at all and the large grey / brown mineral deposits that are scattered all over the stone are easily visible.
When you get closer to the stone you are able to see that the mineral deposits that look grey from a distance are actually brown. They are usually a light bronze color and can be slightly metallic. They are almost always found in individual deposits (as opposed to long winding veins). They can range in size from no more than a speck, up to 20cm in size. These brown mineral deposits are one of the reasons that this awesome granite is so popular and they can make up to 20% / 30% of the stones overall mass.
Clear quartz crystals are scattered throughout the stone, these are only slightly different in tone from the bedrock but give the stone an overall shine that will make your countertops look incredibly luxurious.
Very light grey patches are also littered around the stone. These are very subtle and are not immediately noticeable in most cases. They add an extra layer of depth to the pure white bedrock that is not too overpowering – ensuring the clean and fresh appearance is not disturbed.
Little black mineral deposits are also infrequently dotted around the stone, they are not very common and most slabs will only have a handful of them. They are usually found inside one of the brown mineral deposits and can add a little contrast to the stone – however many people see them as “imperfections” and prefer to have slabs that have as little of this black mineral in as possible.
There is a medium amount of variation within different slabs of this granite. The main thing that will differ is the frequency and size of the brown mineral deposits. Some slabs can have a huge amount of dense and frequent mineral deposits – others can be very sparse. These two extreme ends of the spectrum can look very different from one another, so it is very important that you take a look at your slab before you commit to buying it.
Bianco Antico does not vary very much with lighting conditions and you can expect it to look the same in rooms with or without lots of natural light.
This is a very durable granite and is not prone to staining, with proper care it can remain looking stunning for many years. Its light white color will hide fingerprints, dust, crumbs, and other dirt exceptionally well (so you won’t have to be cleaning constantly!)
How Much Does Bianco Antico Granite Cost?
This is a mid-range granite. You can expect to pay in the region of $60 to $70 per square foot for a 3cm thick slab of Bianco Antico. A 2cm thick slab will cost you around $40-$50 per square foot.
Due to its naturally neutral color scheme, this granite can work well in both light and dark types of kitchen décor.
When you have Bianco Antico countertops with light or white kitchen cabinets the overall effect is obviously very light and bright. The overall grey appearance provides a nice little tonal contrast to the light cabinets – creating interest and depth without a stark contrast. The feel of the room will be incredibly flowing and elegant and it is possible to utilize this granite in both contemporary and traditional types of décor with ease.
With a medium stain or natural wood cabinets this granite works wonders. There is not much of a contrast and the brown mineral deposits will probably be a similar shade of brown to your cabinets. Ensuring a flowing and “designer” feel to your kitchen.
When you combine Bianco Antico countertops with dark cabinets the overall effect is very different. The contrast is obviously very strong between the white granite and the cabinets. However thanks to the stunning brown minerals the countertops feel like they tie in with the room and do not look too stark.
Bianco Antico splashbacks are a beautiful accompaniment to any color of cabinets and for the minimal extra cost (compared to your countertops), we highly recommend you look into this. It can transform the look of the room.
We recommend that you do not use this granite in rooms with other strong patterns. Things like busy floor tiles, or patterned wallpaper can compete with the intricate details of granite and to room can look a little too “busy”.
This awesome stone however is not just limited to the kitchen! Many people love using Bianco Antico in their bathrooms too. The white bedrock will complement a white ceramic sink beautifully, and its stunning patterns will look great in a mirror!
We personally think that this is a stunning stone that is well priced considering its beauty, and would recommend it to any of our readers. What do you think? Do you have any questions? Leave a comment in the box below!