Royal tombs in Ancient Egypt. Greco-Roman architecture. Structures like Westminister Abbey and the Taj Mahal.
These seemingly unrelated 2020 tourism destinations are all distinct, but they share one thing in common: they use marble as the main part of their design.
If you’re interested in adding this timeless elegance to your house, marble countertops are a perfect alternative. The material is as majestic as the constructs that have been used since the early days of human civilization, making it the ideal alternative for every house.
Read on to discover some of the benefits of marble countertops and how to pick the right slab for your kitchen!
Why Marble Countertops?
It’s smooth, calm, and it shines in both natural and artificial light.
It also has rich organic patterns that go along with some kind of decoration scheme. You can combine classic black-and-white swirled marble with heavy oak cabinets and dark, deep-colored walls for antique-style kitchens. Contemporary kitchens may use elegant marble, often black or white, to create minimalist accessories with stainless steel cabinets and solid tile flooring.
Basically, the possibilities are limitless!
They Come in Multiple Styles
This versatility is more remarkable when you consider a wide variety of marble styles.
If you want a Roman Colosseum classic marble, Calacatta Black may be the right option. This unbelievably balanced Italian stone is due to its white backdrop and heavy black veining.
Combine this aesthetic with the fact that there are some gray undertones along the veins and that you have the ideal classic marble range.
If you have minimalist aesthetics, Black Marquina or Absolute White Marble can work wonders in your kitchen.
Black marble looks great in a mostly white room with stainless steel highlights, while if you have black cabinets or tile flooring, you might choose white countertops. This is all about contrast!
You also can choose your marble based on whether you want a warm or cool vibe in your kitchen. If you use blue or green in the rest of your decor, you may like our Sydney Blue varieties. On the flip side, yellow and orange kitchens may be accented well by Dolce Vita marble.
Make sure that you use lighting appropriately! Creamier marble looks best with soft lighting (or, even better, natural light from windows or skylights). Marble with cool gray undertones or blueish accents goes well with fluorescent lighting that shines on the surface more directly.
You may have learned in the past that marble countertops are too costly to use at home, but this is far from the facts. In fact, because marble exists naturally, it usually costs less than synthetic stone varieties.
Of course, the actual cost of a marble countertop depends on how thick and large you want the slab to be. However, a marble slab also costs less than its counterparts in granite or quartz!
You likely have heard that marble isn’t as durable as quartz or granite, and this is absolutely true. It stains more easily and is more likely to crack if you bang on it. This makes it less ideal for chopping vegetables and trying to open well-corked bottles of wine.
However, this isn’t to say that marble isn’t a durable surface. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders has reported that marble can last 100 years if it’s sealed appropriately!
The main durability feature that marble has a leg up on over other materials is heat-resistance. If you cook a lot and want to place pots and pans directly on your countertops, marble is the right stone for you. It won’t burn or soften too much when extreme heat is applied. In fact, it’s fireproof- but we don’t recommend testing this out for yourself.
Another interesting feature of marble countertops is that they have certain uses that other materials do not have. Although the porous nature of marble makes it harder to preserve than synthetic quartz, the porousness gives it certain additional benefits that other materials do not have.
One of the best pros of marble is that it stays naturally cool. This makes it ideal for storing fruit and vegetables. It also helps you to roll dough, cake, and even ice cream while keeping them cold. Because other materials get too hot to do this on warmer days, marble is the best option for those who love cooking.
They Last a Long Time
We aren’t going to lie: marble is one of the more difficult surface types to maintain. Its porousness means that it’s more likely to absorb spilt liquids and stain than other materials are. Luckily, this can be prevented by applying a stain-proof sealant every couple of years. This isn’t difficult, but it’s time-consuming and is something that you wouldn’t need to do with other materials.
There’s a positive side to this, though: frequent maintenance gives you the opportunity to check up on your countertops and make sure that there are no cracks, dents, or major stains that need repair.
Maintenance also makes the countertops more durable so that they can last for 10+ years. The money that you spend on sealant is nothing compared to the cost of replacement every couple of years!
How to Choose the Perfect Countertop
Choosing a kitchen desk is often a task. This is especially the case for material as flexible as marble.
That’s why it’s crucial to be aware of the selection process. Knowing what to do will help you make more educated choices about your furniture and how your countertops connect with the rest of your room!
Consider Your Specific Needs
To choose the perfect countertop, you’ll need to consider what you want to get out of it. If you want something that won’t scratch at all, marble-look quartz or granite may be the better option for you. However, if having an authentic material is more important and you (correctly) believe that scratches add character, marble is a great choice.
Regardless, marble is perfect for those who need countertops in areas that they don’t use for chopping veggies. Most kitchens have multiple counters, so you can easily get a more durable stone for places that you chop. You can then get marble for the countertops closest to your oven so that you have a quick surface to move pots and pans to after taking them off the burner.
This countertop can be used for multiple purposes- dough kneading, working with raw meat, and many more. In no way will your space go to waste!
Look Into Your Options
The next thing you need to do is look into the many options that are available to you. Browsing Pinterest and Google Images aren’t bad ideas, but it’s even better when you can look at the countertop slabs that are actually available to you.
On our website, you can look at dozens of different marble varieties that are ready to be installed ASAP. You can also check out the edging options for your favorite slabs. Whether you prefer beveled, eased, or pencil edges, there’s definitely something that can be worked into your aesthetic.
Take a look at the decor in your kitchen and determine whether you have more organic shapes or geometric ones. You can make your choice based on these findings!
You also can browse and compare photos in our gallery and see what those with similar kitchen layouts to you have done. This will help you to make more informed decisions by giving you an idea of what the final product may look like.
Talk to a Professional
If you find that you need help deciding on a countertop, our specialists are always happy to help. The same applies if you want to talk about cost or the installation process after making your decision.
Make a list of questions that you have and reach out. This will help the process go more quickly and efficiently.
While there are many materials that you can choose from for kitchen and bathroom countertops, none have stood the test of time in the same way as marble. Now that you know all about marble countertops, it’s time to begin the selection and installation process. Contact us with any remaining questions that you may have about this beautiful and durable material. We’re happy to help you select the perfect marble slab for all your household needs, so we look forward to hearing from you soon!