Anybody who knows timeless elegance would tell you that marble is a great choice for both aesthetic and practical reasons in a kitchen. Be it Michelangelo’s David or sophisticated buildings in the contemporary era–use of marble is ubiquitous in the architectural world. Although it requires sealing and maintenance, it is still revered as one of the most pristine natural stones in the world as all the concerns about its maintenance can be easily minimized by opting for a harder variety of marble and a good quality sealant. So why not bring it home and install a marble countertop in your kitchen?
We can agree that despite the availability of engineered stones that mimic its graciousness, marble is irreplaceable in a lot of ways. The unique patina that it develops over time adds a lot of character to the whole house and there is simply no alternative for something like that. We give you 10 very solid reasons to stop second-guessing and install a marble countertop. Read on to find out how it can be a game-changer for your kitchen.
1. Each Slab is One of a Kind
We all have dreamed of owning exclusive artwork or basically anything that nobody else owns, right? What if we told you marble is nature’s exclusive work of art? The beautiful veining patterns that one finds on a marble slab are unique to that slab only. Nobody else in the world would have a kitchen countertop that looks quite like yours. How amazing is that? Now, you can have a completely unique fingerprint and kitchen countertop!
2. Marble is Heat-Resistant
Unlike a lot of other kitchen stones, marble is wonderful to cook on as it can sustain heat very well. It is only logical that one installs a stone that doesn’t get damaged by hot pans as those are unavoidable in the cooking space. It is so heat resistant that it is frequently used as a fireplace surround too. So, cook away without the worries of setting your countertop on fire!
It doesn’t burn or melt with heat either–so it’s one of the safest options out there to prevent heat damage.
3. It Increases the Resale Value of Your House
Any realtor will tell you that new homeowners are often fascinated by natural stone in the kitchen. A natural stone suggests that you took great care of the house. They might be keen especially if you have a white countertop as it goes with every single thing a new owner can possibly add in their kitchen. A white marble countertop like Carrara or Calcatta is perfect for long-term planning as it allows the new homeowner to play around with new crockery and cabinet options without having to call a fabricator to install a new kitchen countertop.
Marble stays cool naturally and is perfect for working with substances that melt easily like chocolate, ice cream etc. Professional chefs and bakers swear by it! As it always remains below room temperature, it is great for those baking experiments on a Sunday afternoon.
- It Helps you Save Costs on Even the Most Premium Cuts
Ever wondered by Michelangelo specifically chose a white marble to sculpt one of the most renowned artworks in the world? It is because marble is one of the easiest stones to shape, cut and chisel away at. A lot of great countertop profiles can be made at a fraction of the cost of other natural stones with a marble. This includes premium cuts like the Waterfall edge, Bullnose and many more.
- It is Very Durable
Marble is an incredibly strong stone, despite being soft. This is why buildings and architectural marvels like the Taj Mahal, made of marble have survived the test of time. This centuries-old wonder is a testament to the strength of marble. Its durability makes it a great choice for heavy kitchen usage too.
- It is Forever in Style
We can’t stress this enough–marble continues to be used very frequently in kitchens despite emerging new trends. It, in fact, grapples with changing architectural trends every year and continues to be the talk of interior decorators. As it is available in many beautiful colors like beige, white, gray, black and many more, it offers a lot of variety. A lot of homeowners love how it ages like a wise soul over the years–developing a character with its patina. The muted, worn out look in contrast with bright cabinetry is coveted in all contemporary homes.
- It Adds Natural Light to Your Kitchen
Marble reflects light very well and can be great to add some natural light to the kitchen. This works best for small spaces where natural light is almost absent as it can also create an illusion of a larger space. We recommend opting for something like a white Statuario or a Beige Bianco as lighter shades work best for the desired effect.
- It is Easy to Clean
Contrary to popular notion that a marble countertop is only for compulsive cleaners, marble is actually very easy to maintain. Even wiping the slab with warm water and soap can do the trick. However, it is not advisable to leave the cleaning for later as marble slabs can develop stains. It is important to remember that it doesn’t stain immediately but takes a few hours to absorb the color of say, spilled red wine. So unless you are going to leave the countertop uncleaned for a whole night, you should be okay with just a little care. If you do happen to have a clumsy night, a paste of baking soda and water would work out simple stains if left overnight.
- It can be used anywhere in kitchen
Because of its beauty and versatility, it can be used everywhere in the kitchen. Matching countertop and kitchen islands will be a great addition to a new kitchen–or if you are feeling particularly creative, you can experiment with contrasting colors too. For a layered effect, pick a gray or beige marble flooring and pair it with a stunning white or black countertop.
It is important to remember that all marbles are not the same. As there are marble quarries around the globe, there are marbles available in different colors, cuts, finishes and even density. Depending on those factors, the quality and pricing can be very varied too. While all marbles look beautiful, for choosing the right one for your abode, you should ask yourself questions about your lifestyle. Can you commit to cleaning it up immediately after having spilled something or would you be able to go to bed while your countertop is a mess? If you do have a very hectic or on-the-go lifestyle, you will be better off choosing a darker color. Even lighter shades can be a choice if you go for the honed finish and ditch the polished one. As a honed ‘matte’ finish is less susceptible to scratches and etching, it can make for a wonderful addition to your home. Ultimately, however, it all boils down to personal preference as a high-quality sealant can minimize many concerns associated with all varieties of marble. An experienced supplier of natural stones can help you understand the characteristics of your chosen marble slab and help you make the right decision.