+2, I think. Granite can often look so hectic, like fuzz on a television screen and it's too much in that image.
I still prefer the random, dramatic veins in marble, although maybe not for your spacehttp://www.stonesource.com/stone_slabs.php?id=969
I've been keeping my eye on marble and the staining/etching I've seen doesn't seem all that terrible, probably worth aesthetic trade off. That is, of course, when I can manage to save enough for the kitchen which has ballooned in cost, i.e. contractor estimates at twice
what we had expected.