I have become a huge fan of speckled granite on kitchen countertops. It does a couple of important things for a kitchen. The first ting it does is help mellow any bright colors or it helps add texture to earthier colors. In the case of this kitchen it adds texture. At the same time, though, it helps reflect natural light, and therefore helps brighten the space without the use of artificial lighting. You have to be careful with reflective surfaces so as not to produce a glare, but when it is done right, as in this design, it looks really great.