Ten kitchen interiors with polished granite surfaces

The durable and stain resistant qualities of granite make it a material of choice for kitchens. Our latest lookbook features 10 kitchens on Dezeen that celebrate light stone.

Waterproof and scratch resistant, igneous rock granite has been used in construction and interior design for centuries.

Today, this versatile material is often used as an alternative to marble to cover kitchen counters and work surfaces, as well as in bathrooms or on floors.

From a large gray granite kitchen island in a Mexican flat to a herringbone pattern granite floor in a London home, the examples below show the many ways stone can be used to furnish kitchens.

This is the latest in our lookbook series, which is visually inspired by the Dezeen archives. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks of homes with characterful floating staircases that seem to defy gravity, atriums that brighten and expand residential spaces, and calm, green bedrooms that showcase the power of natural colors.


The photo is by Federica Carlet

403 Greenwich, USA, by Stefano Pasqualetti

A mix of materials including steel, marble, granite and wood were dotted throughout this New York residence, which Italian architect Stefano Pasqualetti aimed to make “soothing and timeless”.

In the open kitchen, which offers views of Tribeca’s West Historic District, walnut cabinets are fitted with granite countertops while a striking blackened metal staircase runs through the heart of the property.

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Grove Park by O'Sullivan Skoufoglou
The photo is by Ståle Eriksen

Grove Park, UK, by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects

Designed for a client with a keen interest in the outdoors, Grove Park is a semi-detached house that offers stunning views of the greenery and wild woods outside.

London-based studio O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects paired the ash-lined kitchen interior with creamy Shivakashi granite countertops and polished concrete backsplash and flooring, which was poured in place.

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A kitchen with gray granite countertops and wooden shelving
The photo is by Denilson Machado

DN Apartment, Brazil, by BC Arquitetos

Located in a 1970s building in the Jardins district of São Paulo, this 230 square meter apartment was designed for a landscape architect by local studio BC Arquitetos.

The apartment features a mostly warm natural walnut interior that is complemented by harder materials, such as concrete columns, stone floors and granite countertops. A collection of mid-20th century art adds the finishing touch.

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Apartment 308 S by BLOCO Arquitetos
The photo is by Joana Franca

308 S, Brazil, by Bloco Arquiteos

Brazilian architecture studio Bloco Arquitetos has transformed 308 S, an apartment in Brasilia, by removing several walls and reconfiguring the difficult layout to make it more open.

To add to the stripped-down look, the architects opted for a neutral color palette, while pale granite was used for the kitchen and bathroom countertops and floors.

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Villarroel Apartment by Raul Sanchez Architects
The photo is by José Hevia

Villarroel Apartment, Spain, by Raúl Sánchez Architects

The three main areas of this apartment in Barcelona are distinguished by contrasting materials rather than traditional walls, which makes it seem more spacious and flexible.

Wooden floors and whitewashed walls define the living space while functional areas such as the kitchen – where a granite breakfast island takes center stage – are completed in shades of gray .

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Casa Nicte Ha by Di Frenna Arquitectos
The photo is by Onnis Luque

Casa Nicté-Ha, Mexico, by Di Frenna Arquitectos

A large granite kitchen island with an adjoining wooden counter is placed in the middle of the double-height kitchen and dining room inside Casa Nicté-Ha, a house designed by Di Frenna Arquitectos in Colima City, in Mexico.

Elsewhere in the three-bedroom home, the studio blended dark and light decor including white-painted walls, warm wood and concrete floors, and exposed steel beams.

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A colorful kitchen with gray granite worktops
Photo is by Serena Eller

Diplomate Apartment, Italy, by 02A

Antique and mid-century furniture combine with sleek, contemporary cabinetry to create this one-bedroom apartment in Rome by local architecture and interiors studio 02A.

The stateless diplomat who owns and inhabits the dwelling wanted to make his home a sanctuary filled with items he collected during his travels abroad.

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Berlin apartment by RAUM404
The photo is by Noshe

Art-Apart, Germany, by Raum404

Swiss-based studio Raum404 chose to keep the interiors as minimalistic, white and spacious as possible in their renovation of Art-Apart, a 19th-century gallery apartment in Berlin.

The artist-owner commissioned the studio to create a space that could be open to the public for exhibitions, which resulted in collapsible furniture and plenty of white cupboards that could hide personal effects.

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Hackney House by Applied Studio

Hackney House, UK, by Applied Studio

Black wooden decor and lots of windows were installed during architecture and interior design studio Applied Studio’s renovation of this house in Hackney, east London.

Next, the studio outfitted the glass extension that houses the kitchen and dining table with herringbone granite flooring.

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Kitchen in Golden Lane apartment by Archmongers
The photo is by French + Tye

Golden Lane, UK, by Archmongers

Quirky modernist elements such as pops of primary color and bright furniture were brought back by Archmongers when renovating this 1950s flat on an estate in central London.

In the peninsula kitchen, which is separated from the dining area by chunky white door frames, white cabinetry is clad in steel, while gray terrazzo with granite chips accents the countertop and splashback .

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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring residential interiors reinforced with exposed wooden beams, living spaces with glossy surfaces that create depth and dimension, and gardens with swimming pools designed for summer.

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