Bianco Romano granite is a stone that is popular for its icy white, creamy colors. Its stunning patterns and veining make it a great choice for kitchen countertops and backsplashes. It is quarried in Esprito Santo, Brazil and is occasionally called Romano white granite.
From afar this stone has a very light and bright appearance. Its stunning icy white bedrock catches the eye and demands attention. Its appearance from a distance is not very uniform and you are able to make out its gorgeous grey marbling and veins.
When you get a little closer however a whole range of others colors and minerals become clear. The ice white bedrock looks just as bright as it did from afar and is a stunning pristine base for the rest of the colors in this stone. This bedrock will usually make up anywhere around 50% to 70% of the stones overall surface area.
The stone is covered in stunning grey mineral deposits. These minerals are usually a light and pale grey in color (but they can be very light – almost as white as the bedrock). They are the dominating feature of this stone and can make up between 30% and 60% of a stones overall surface area. They are usually found in long winding veins that can be pencil thin or a few centimetres thick.
Dark grey minerals are also present in most slabs. These dark grey minerals are much less common than the light grey ones and will make up around 5% of the stones overall surface area on average – although in some slabs they can occasionally be much larger.
Light brown minerals are also present. These can range from a very pastel pale brown color through to a medium brown in color. They can make up between 1% and 10% of a stones overall surface area and they add a little interest to the white and grey “monotone” colors.
There are finally dark brown and red patches throughout the stone. These can be either in small isolated mineral “islands” or they can be in long winding veins. They range in color from a brown / burgundy color through to a peach color. They can make up anywhere between 1% and 10% of a stones overall surface area.
As you may have guessed from the descriptions above there is quite a range of variation possible in different slabs of this stone. Some slabs can look very white and pristine with minimal dark browns and dark greys. Others can be quite busy in appearance with large dominating black and red mineral veins. It is very important to personally inspect a slab of this granite before you commit to purchasing it. If at all possible we recommend that you view it in person as the light color variations can be deceptive in photographs.
This granite is also known to stain easily (something that many stone vendors will not tell you). Leaving acidic products on the countertops for too long can create a green tinge to the granite.
This is unfortunately very noticeable due to the clean white and grey appearance of the stone and can really ruin a countertop. Just make sure that you wipe up any spills in a timely manner, and if possible use a specialized granite cleaner and you should be ok.
On the plus side the very light color of this stone combined with its patterns means that it hides fingerprints and dirt easily. So aside from wiping up spills pretty quickly you will not have a huge amount of additional cleaning to do just because your countertops are made from granite.
A great feature of this granite is that it looks reasonably similar in rooms with and without lots of natural light. The grey veins may be a little less pronounced in darker rooms and the red minerals may seem a little darker and browner – but overall it will look reasonably similar.
How Much Does Bianco Romano Granite Cost?
This is a mid-range granite. For a 3cm thick slab of Bianco Romano granite you will pay roughly $35 to $45 per square foot. A 2cm thick slab will cost around $20 to $30 per square foot.
When you combine Bianco Romano countertops with white kitchen cabinets the overall effect is incredibly elegant and luxurious. The white cabinets and the white bedrock of the granite flow and blend together magnificently. The light grey minerals provide a subtle accent to the white combination – with the darker minerals providing a little bit of contrast and depth to ensure things do not look a little to plain. My person opinion is that I LOVE slabs that are mainly grey and white with a minimal amount of darker minerals in it (when this granite is used with white cabinets). The pure flowing pristine effect is something I am a sucker for!
When combined with natural wood or medium stained cabinet’s Bianco Romano countertops can slightly contrast against the wood. However I would personally say that the color combination is more complementary rather than contrasting.
The countertops are certainly prominent but they do not feel “forced” on the viewer. It seems to feel like an elegant and natural progression that creates a surprisingly warm and natural feel to the room.
And finally when you use Bianco Romano countertops with dark kitchen cabinets they are at their most prominent. The strong and stark contrast is not something to be underestimated and can be used to a very striking effect. The long winding veins ensure a natural and classy feel to the contrast and the darker minerals are allowed to pop a little more – brought out by the darker cabinet colors.
Regardless of what color cabinets you have we recommend that you consider also acquiring a Bianco Romano splashback too. When viewed up at eye level the stunning patterns in this subtle stone are at their most visible and they really tie the whole room together. In my opinion it just makes a room feel a little more uniform and “complete”.
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