Why Marble Stone is Great for your KitchenRebecca Hinshelwood
The three key stones from which you’ll browse for your kitchen worktops are granite, marble and quartz. Today, we want to sing the praises of marble stone for kitchen worktops. While each stone has its benefits for different kitchen designs and concepts, we will look at the times that marble is the top dog! Consumers often associate marble with traditional kitchen concepts. However, just take a quick look through the marble library and you’ll find varieties that work for modern and contemporary styles.
An Elegant Stone
There’s a reason that marble has been used for hundreds of years in grand homes, palaces and temples. It possesses a timeless elegance which is truly striking. Why is this, though? Well, whether the variety of marble that you select is white or coloured, the crystallisation within the slab gives the stone an unique iridescence. Even if a space is already bathed in natural light, this reflective stone widens the perspectives of a room. For darker or smaller kitchens, the brightness of marble stone makes the space appear brighter and larger.
While some see the relative softness of marble against granite and quartz as a disadvantage, we see the benefits. By no means is marble a soft material, but as it is more porous than granite and quartz, it is easier to cut, form and shape. So you’ll find that you have more options of kitchen worktop edging when you choose marble. Or perhaps your kitchen design features more ambitious shapes or angles than a standard square layout. As marble is so much more workable, it can be shaped to create perfectly fitting, and even artistic worktop features.
With such diversity of marble available, there is likely to be a stone within your price range. This is great in making it accessible. Whether a budget is extensive or limited, you can choose from local to exotic, and abundant to rare varieties of stone. Whichever range you choose, you will find that the surface will withstand daily pressures far better than many alternative materials. There’s a reason that ancient sculptures and monuments are fashioned from marble and have stood the test of time!
Colours and Patterns
Why is it, then, that marble forms in so many colours and patterns? It’s all to do with the minerals and sediments found in different parts of the world. In magnesium or silica rich conditions, green varieties form. Then the quantity of clay, iron oxide and silt combinations vary hues and veining. So every slab within every variety brings a distinctive look to your kitchen.
Tips on Marble Stone for Kitchen Worktops
Sealed marble is heat resistant. This makes it unbeatably cool to the touch – perfect if you like to bake! However it is porous, so is not immune to damage from high temperatures. For this reason, ensure that you protect your marble with a pot stand or hot plate to take pans and dishes. Similarly, don’t chop food directly on the surface as it may scratch. A rustic butcher’s block can bring a great contrast to your marble surface.
A sealing process is standard on installation of marble stone for kitchen worktops. This seal should be regularly replaced, either by yourself or professionally. With conscientious maintenance, your worktop will continue to radiate flawless elegance for years to come. No matter how careful you are, spills will happen, though. So make sure you absorb any spills immediately, and avoid acidic or abrasive cleaners as these can damage the stone.
If striking elegance is your thing, if you love attention to detail, or even if you just love baking then marble could be the stone for you. It’s a lot more accessible than many people give it credit for and at Zenstone we think it’s great. So if you’d like to find out if marble could work for your kitchen worktops, just get in touch.