Granite counter tops were a hard one for Jake and I. We both wanted a pure white with lots of character and gray in it. Let me tell you...for a good price it is hard to find. This is one thing we didn't mind spending more money on...if we had it :) hahah and we dont. So we settled. But I am happy with what we picked out. We got just a regular granite called "kashmir white."
So there is some new trends happening on granite. I think people are getting tired of the polished granite...which I agree, I like a shine, but not always. So there is something called "leather" or "velvet." It can also be called weathered, textured...lots of names, but all the same effect. I really wanted to get the leather finish, but it was $15.00 extra per square foot of granite...so maybe another house someday :) Can I tell you how amazing this effect feels? Its so soft and smooth, and I feel I could spill stuff all over the counter, and just wipe it clean. I think for places like Utah with hard water, this leather feel could be amazing. It doesn't seem like it would leave lots of water marks.
Jake and I had fun picking out granite. It was completely different than I though it would be. You get to go to this cool warehouse with lots of samples you can take home, and HUGE slabs of granite for sale. I could sit and look at them all day! Some of them had the most amazing, beautiful patterns in the stones. I would want a huge slab hanging on my wall for art.