By: Scott McGillivray
I’ve made no secret of my love of Cambria. Whether it’s in the kitchen, bathroom, home office, or laundry room, having a durable, low-maintenance surface means one less thing to worry about. And not only that, Cambria countertops are great when it comes to return on investment. When installed in a well-maintained and upgraded home, they can actually help to raise its value.
When it comes to design, I’m a big fan of Brittanicca™ from the Marble Collection™, and I’ve used it throughout my own home. However, I often have clients who, while they want the quality that comes with Cambria, are looking for a design that reflects the look of granite rather than marble. For them I suggest one of these five granite alternatives.
As far as I’m concerned, Bellingham is the most similar to a traditional granite look.
Swirls of black, tan, and gray are set against a cream backdrop creating a design that is both casual and elegant. This versatility means it can work in a variety of applications in just about any style of home.
A simple color palette allows Cambria Bellingham™ to stand out in this corner office space.
Berwyn is a heathery neutral with just a little bit of sparkle. With a lively pattern and soft colors, it has a slightly feminine aesthetic. I like to pair it with gray and white cabinetry. To keep the look soft, I would install either gold or brushed nickel hardware, whereas if I wanted to ground it and make it more modern, I would likely pair it with black.
A large Cambria Berwyn™ island, perfect for prep and dining, introduces elegance to this white, traditional kitchen.
Crowndale is not that far off from Berwyn, but its color palette is just a bit warmer. It has a very traditional granite look due to its speckled pattern of cream, beige, and dark tan. I would love to see it paired with dark walnut cabinets, or maybe even navy blue.
Warmth radiates from this farmhouse kitchen featuring Cambria Crowndale™ countertops.
Summerhill is neutral, but definitely not subtle. While it’s made up of a delicate combination of cream, soft gray, and flecks of black, it has a bold pattern flowing throughout that really makes a statement. So while at first it looks like granite, you get a really unique pattern no slab of granite could replicate.
The bold pattern and organic movement in Cambria Summerhill™ is showcased in this expansive kitchen island. Design by: InUnison Design.
One of Cambria’s newer designs is Wisley, and it’s already one of my favorites. This versatile design is totally reminiscent of granite and it will add a modern touch to any kitchen. Personally, I would avoid overly decorative cabinets and fixtures and instead opt for something sleek and smooth so that this countertop can really stand out.
Earthy browns and darker flecks throughout Cambria Wisley™ pair well with warm woods for modern farmhouse style.
If you love the look of granite countertops, but want a surface that is more durable and maintenance free for a lifetime of beauty, try these Cambria granite alternatives. Find one of Cambria’s many dealers or order a sample to get started on your next project.