Colonial cream granite is possibly the most popular form of granite used in residential settings. It is used throughout the world for – mainly for flooring and kitchen countertops.
Also called Colonial Gold or Millennium Cream by some vendors, it is exclusively quarried in India and features white / ivory patterns, with gold and brown veins. Due to its complex mineral content no two batches of this granite will look alike. It is commonly stated to be one of the most diverse types of granite in terms of variation within the stone. For this reason it is highly recommended (if not essential) to inspect the actual slabs you will be receiving before committing to a purchase.
Having a light creamy base, the stone proves to be the perfect choice for all those who want to invest in something which will not overpower the rest of a rooms décor but yet will add its own charm and elegance to the overall appearance.
As you will below its reasonably neutral color makes it a stone which blends effortlessly with a wide range of other colors…
In the kitchen colonial cream granite countertops can be utilized to work with any existing color of cabinets:
With white cabinets..
With Dark cabinets…
Even with cherry cabinets….
Don’t forget how awesome it looks in the bathroom too!
Unusually – this type of granite is not always polished to a high shine. Its natural earthy tones make a brushed finish a desirable option for people looking to create a more natural look in their home. The one drawback of this is that it is slightly harder to maintain as the normal highly polished coating adds a layer of protection that the brushed granite will simply not have.
Colonial Cream Granite Prices
Unfortunately the amazing aesthetics that this stone can add to a room do not come cheap. You can expect to pay prices in the region of $60-$65 per square foot of colonial cream granite for a 3cm thick slab. And around $50-$55 per square foot for a 2cm thick slab.
Also – because of the particularly high levels of variation in the appearance of this stone the price per square foot can be $10-$15 more than stated above for exceptionally attractive patterns – and conversely you can get a better price if you are able to choose a less attractive pattern.
Online is certainly the cheapest way to get granite these days and any online stone merchants will have pictures of the actual slab you will receive. Because of this and it is recommended that you shop around a few online retailers before you buy to make sure you are getting the best deal possible.
Durability & Maintenance
People mostly end up choosing the this type of granite over other stones because of its particularly high durability. For this reason it is quite popular for use in fireplaces, tub surrounds, vanities, backsplashes, and showers. It is suitable for use in very cold environments and will withstand the elements should you wish to utilize it in an outdoor setting.
Colonial cream is very simple to maintain – all that needs to be done is to avoid any direct spillage of acidic products such as lemon juice, tomato sauce, fruit juice, wine or coffee and it will serve its owner well for decades.
If it is polished – to maintain the inherent shine of the granite, users simply need to wipe off the dirt as soon as possible using a sponge dipped in warm water and occasionally with a mild detergent wash.
An interesting option for people who are considering colonial cream is that many people like to purchase pebbles or stones made of the same slab as a decoration to complement their floor tiles or work tops – which creates a particularly striking effect for a minimal additional cost.