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  • Dee 05:38AM, May 25 2012

    We have maple cabinets with a nutmeg stain, vanilla/tan tile floor, and black appliances. What granite would you recommend?

  • jr 03:02AM, May 25 2012

    What is the difference between Santa Rita and Santa Cecilia? My builder is telling me they are the same. I ordered Santa Rita but Santa Cecilia has arrived. The coloring looks different to me. It has more gold than I thought I was ordering but we were ordering from samples. The sample we chose was labeled Santa Rita.

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    - Derek
    03:13PM, Apr 3 2012

    This does indeed look quite similar to SC Real, as well as the regular Santa Cecilia. But do not worry about the "variation name" of the stone, worry about how it looks together with your cabinetry and other various design elements, and I think this SC is an excellent choice. Go for it!

  • Kbohman 07:57PM, Mar 28 2012

    Thanks for above reply.  I attached image of SC slab again.  Please advise if this looks to be SC Real.  We plan to put with honey colored maple cabinets.  Thanks!

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    - Derek
    07:17PM, Mar 28 2012

    Unfortunately your attachment did not upload properly. The Real, Classic, Light ect varieties of Santa Cecilia are just different shipments that vary in color tone and pattern enough to warrant a slightly different name. Because it's natural stone, the slabs change in look subtly as you quarry further into the earth. My best advice for you would be to look at the slabs of these different types of SC in-person and bring samples home with you to put against your cabinet color in the kitchen light and see how you enjoy the various combinations. Use process of elimination and make a decision from there.

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    - Derek
    03:02PM, Mar 23 2012

    I recommend for you to look at the slabs in-person. You will be able to see the various deliveries and shipments of Santa Cecilia and decide which one you're attracted to more. In addition, I recommend to acquire samples to bring them home and put the samples against your cabinets in the kitchen light. This way you will be able to see the various combinations in your design space and decide which one fits better. For darker choices, you can look at colors such as Tropical Brown, and Giallo Antico. Good luck!

  • Kristin 04:34PM, Mar 22 2012

    Hi Derek, wondering if you could assist. We are focused on Santa Cecilia.  I see you often recommend SC Real.  Can you let me know if the attached looks like SC Real?  There are so many variations it is confusing.  And, do you believe the attached is a "classic" style/color?  We are trying to find granite to compliment natural colored maple cabinets (pic attached).  Thanks for any feedback.

  • Allisonhagerty 09:20AM, Mar 19 2012

    I have honey maple cabinets with mocha highlights and a dark brown tile floor.  We are having a hard time figuring out what color granite.  My husband likes St. Cecilia but I am thinking we need something darker.  I am also confused about all the colors of St. Cecilia.  Do you have to request a certain shade of the granite? Thanks.

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    - Derek
    02:52PM, Dec 15 2011 Since you already have two different color tones between the perimeter and island wood cabinetry, you may want to consider to keep the granite consistent throughout as you've mentioned. If you go in this route, Santa Cecilia Real, Giallo Napole, or Golden Butterfly are wonderful choices that will keep the kitchen light, warm, and airy. I've created a Comparison Table for your reference of these suggestions, take a look here: http://www.Marmidicarrara.com
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     If you'd like to use a different granite choice on the island, I suggest more veins and movement in the stone to make it a centerpiece of your kitchen design, such as New Colonial Dream, Siena Bordeaux, or Colonial Gold. Hope this helps!
  • gretchen 02:37AM, Dec 10 2011 I have cream cabinets, honey colored wood floors, and a darker island.  i am considering mixing tumbled travertine for a back splash.  I am leaning toward Santa Ceicilia for the white cabinet counter tops but would like a dark color to go on the darker island, what would you pair it with?  i also like Butterfly gold.  trying to keep the kitchen light.  Or would you leave the island the same?
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    - Derek
    04:32PM, Nov 29 2011 I'm going to go in the opposite direction and recommend Santa Cecilia. This granite is the lighter choice out of the options you are considering for a stronger contrast to offset the cherry cabinetry. In addition, the Santa Cecilia offers garnet colored flecks that will compliment and pick up your cabinet shade nicely. Good luck!
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    - Kinga
    04:01PM, Nov 29 2011 I’m leaning towards the Tan Brown for your kitchen because the stone would provide a beautiful contrast and balance in the space. For other beautiful options, check out Black Peal and Coffee Brown. Let me know what you think!
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    - Kinga
    03:45PM, Nov 29 2011 I like Derek’s suggestion. Also check out Ballet France combination from SouthCypress. Good luck!
  • Kris 12:59AM, Nov 23 2011 would you recommend santa cecilia or tan brown with wyoming cherry cabinets?
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    - Derek
    06:34PM, Nov 10 2011 I'd use a warm and natural tumbled stone tile. Take a look at 2" x 2" Pietra Antica Noce travertine. I've attached an image for you to see. Let me know if you like this or not.
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    - Derek
    06:33PM, Nov 10 2011 Seems like we've missed your question and I've just stumbled upon it now. I'm very sorry for that, if you have still not picked a granite countertop, then Santa Cecilia is a wonderful choice for light oak cabinetry. If you are already completed with the project, do you mind sharing what your decision was? We would love to know!
  • Emma 04:53PM, Nov 9 2011 I am trying to figure out what black splash to use for my kitchen. I am getting Cappuccino Brown distress cabinets with the St. Cecilia granite and a square bronze/brown deco tile. I just dont know what back splash would go with those colors...I have to make a selection ASAP.
  • Sjhoppe 04:00AM, Oct 3 2011 I am trying to figure out what stone would look best with my light oak cabinets.  Do you think Santa Cecilia Real would be a good fit or should I go with more contrast?  I am open to suggestions.  Thanks!!
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    - Derek
    12:00PM, Aug 16 2011 I think that could be a wonderful combination, the Tan Brown has reddish brown spots that will pick up the occasional burgundy dots in the Santa Cecilia. Both stones compliment the cabinet color beautifully. As Kinga said, each Tan Brown shipment is unique so I would grab a sample of the Santa Cecilia and bring it home to see how it looks in the kitchen with the Tan Brown before you make any final decisions. Good luck!
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    - Kinga
    01:54PM, Aug 12 2011 Since there are many beautiful shipments of the Tan Brown available on the market and each of them has a unique look and color, would you be able to post a photo of your Tan Brown for our review?
  • Bob 07:10PM, Aug 11 2011 I am trying to retrofit a kitchen and retain the existing granite on the outsideperimeter cabinet areas and replace the center island.  What do you think about mixing the existing tan brown granite on the perimeter with Santa Cecilia Real on the center island???  Cabinents are a linen white.
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    - Kinga
    04:18PM, Aug 9 2011 Do you want something light like the Astoria, medium in tone like Canela Bouquet or dark and dramatic look like the Coffee Imperial?
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    - Derek
    03:07PM, Aug 9 2011 Any options you've considered so far? I suggest to take a look at the Santa Cecilia Real pictures on this page. Some other colors worth noting are Giallo Vicenza, Peregrine C, and Juparana Golden Vyara. Good luck!
  • Dupont 11:30PM, Aug 7 2011 I have oredered coffee glazed cabinets and have white tiled floors. I am looking for a very rich look and I want to put it on the back splash.
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    - Kinga
    10:33PM, Jul 7 2011 I say stick to the Santa Cecilia Real.  It would work very well with your setup. It’s one of those stones you just can’t go wrong with!
    So my vote is for the 'Real'!
  • Denise 05:39PM, Jul 6 2011 I have walnut cabinets--ivory travertine backsplash--I love the St. Cecilia collection but am unsure as to which one would be best.  Real is my 1st choice--any other suggestions?
  • Misty 09:36AM, Feb 5 2010 I have chosen a spiced maple cabinet to go with this granite. I am worried there is will not be enough contrast in colors. What do you suggest?