How should I design a granite fireplace surround?

Design your granite fireplace surround in tandem with your overall room décor. Granite is an igneous rock, and its natural grainy texture provides a dramatic counterpoint to fire. Depending upon the style of your house and room, you could opt for a chic modern look with polished granite or an old world rustic look with an open fireplace hewn from rough granite. A black polished granite fireplace, the epitome of the uber-chic look, would need a large room, neutral-colored walls, modern art and minimalist décor to balance out its grandeur. An open space or an outdoor patio would look great with a rough granite fire pit surround and pavers.