The pricing of your granite usually depends on the level or type of granite you choose. Most granite companies have several granite levels. Granite level or price is not determined by color, but by quality of the stone. You can read more about granite levels and how they are priced by reading Bob’s blog at: GraniteCountertop Prices and Granite Levels
New Venetian Gold is just one of many light color granites. New Venetian Gold has a gold background with quartz, garnet, light brown, sometimes rust or orange colors throughout the granite color. New Venetian Gold also has a sporadic pattern showing very little movement.
When choosing your color of granite, you should consider your floors and cabinets over the maintenance. With darker cabinets and floors, your best choice would be light color granite. This light color granite will give more of a contrast between the countertop and cabinets.
New Venetian Gold and Sante Cecelia are two very popular light color granite colors. Both granite colors are typically Level II pricing. Both colors do have more movement than a Level I Color.
With lighter color cabinets, a darker granite will stand out more than the lighter granite. Tan Brown and Tropic Brown are the most common darker granites to use.
Here are some photos of New Venetian Gold (a lighter granite color with gold):
New Venetian Gold Granite Slabs
New Venetian Gold Granite Installed
Light Color Granite Maintenance
Most customers go with darker granite over the lighter granite. I find this is due to maintenance more than anything. As the darker color granites do have easier maintenance, with the proper sealer, the lighter color granites can have the same type of maintenance. There are other factors over maintenance that should guide you in your granite color choice.
As granite is a form of a rock, granite will absorb liquids. When using granite in your kitchen, a proper sealer should always be applied. The lighter the granite, the stronger the sealer should be. We use a one year sealer on our granite as our standard. We have a fifteen year sealer and a lifetime sealer available at an additional cost. The fifteen year sealer will protect your granite for fifteen years with proper care. The lifetime sealer, Granite Shield, will protect your granite for the life of your granite, again as with most sealers, with the proper care. When using lighter granite such as New Venetian Gold, Sante Cecelia, or one of the many exotic granites, the fifteen year sealer or Granite Shield would be a very wise investment. With these sealers, you can go use most commercial cleaners on your granite. The sealers also keep the granite from absorbing liquids, which in turn, keeps your granite from staining.
When choosing your granite, let your likes and dislikes dictate your decision, not the maintenance of the granite.