Azul Platino granite is one of the most popular contemporary granites on the market. It was first quarried in 1993 and in recent years has really seen an increase in domestic usage – most notably kitchen countertops. It is quarried in average quantities in a quarry in Spain, and is occasionally called platinum blue granite.
Lets take a look at the properties of this awesome granite and learn a little about what kind of décor it can complement.
Azul platino is a predominantly grey stone which has many delicate intricacies when viewed up close. It is made up of a light grey bedrock which makes up about 40% of the stones overall mass.
Despite this light grey – this granite can actually look quite dark in appearance from afar. This is due to the black boitite minerals that are present in the stone.
Almost always in small dots, these minerals appear in a reasonable density. Not too much to make the stone mainly black in color – but certainly enough to darken its appearance from afar.
As you get closer to the stone it becomes apparent that the black minerals are combined with a darker grey mineral which makes up about 30% of the stones mass. The combination of the two grey colors and the black minerals make a very stunning “snow leopard” style pattern.
As you get right up close to the granite you can see that there are also the occasional white quartz mineral deposits. This lightens the overall appearance and ensures that the stone does not look too dark and uninteresting up close.
Unlike several other types of granite the lighting conditions of the room will certainly change how Azul Platino looks and feels due to its grey and black color.
In darker rooms without much natural light the stone can take on quite a dark overall appearance and the black minerals will appear to dominate the stone. Conversely in light and bright rooms the light grey and white quartz is able to reflect more light and give an overall lighter appearance.
There is a low amount of variation within Azul Platino granite, and you can be fairly certain you will receive a slab that is similar to others you may have seen online while doing some research.
How Much Does Azul Platino Granite cost?
Azul Platino is a mid range granite and will cost you around $60 per square foot for a 3cm thick slab. $50 per square foot for a 2cm thick slab.
The stunning speckled light and dark colors of this stone can work well with a variety of kitchen cabinet color combinations.
When combined with dark cabinets Azul Platino countertops really pop! The light grey and white quartz become a predominant feature of the stone – contrasting against the dark kitchen cabinets even from afar. It is certainly a strong a bold look that gives a modern appearance that is very contemporary.
When combined with light and white cabinets the dark grey patches and the black minerals become the dominant feature in the stone. The countertops undoubtedly take on a much darker appearance overall – but do not look too dark. The light grey almost blends in with the cabinets tying the two elements of the room together nicely.
It works very well when combined with aluminium, black and chrome sinks / faucets. It can look a little understated when used as a bathroom countertop due to there not being a much contrast between the light greys of the stone and the stark white of a ceramic wash basin.
Overall a great granite that is popular for a very good reason.
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