I have a kitchen island with a granite countertop which, for various reasons, I would like to make larger. I found a granite company which has a remnant of granite that would match the size I'd like.

The problem is, how do I tell whether it will match my other countertops? My counters are a pretty common granite 'pattern' (brown, black, and white splotches; very similar to this), and they all match perfectly. The piece they have looks very similar, but it's very hard to tell. I went to look at it with pictures of my counters, and looked at my counters with pictures of the remnant. But pictures are really bad at showing color, and I just can't tell.

I don't know if this is a question for diy, but can anyone figure out some way I can tell if it'll match? I assume they won't cut me a sample because that's a big job to do just for the possibility of maybe selling a remnant, plus that'll make the remnant smaller - in case I decide not to buy it, it might be harder to sell to someone else.

  • it is not possible for them to match unless they were cut from the same block of stone
    – jsotola
    Jan 12, 2020 at 9:09

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Whether the photos are good, perfect or rubbish, if the pieces are not from the same stone then they will not match.

They might be ok if they are not close together ie they are separated on different worktops.


take pictures of both and compare.

take the photos in the dark and use the flash so that both pictures have the same lighting.

use a tripod so both pictures have the same distance and angle.

  • i was going to suggest a flash for consistent lighting too; great minds...
    – dandavis
    Jan 13, 2020 at 19:49

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