Published at Wednesday, March 13th 2019. by Luvianna Jokela in Kitchen Countertops.
Marble is a relatively soft and porous stone that MUST be carefully and repeatedly sealed if used for kitchen countertops. Like granite, marble is available in three forms—solid slabs, modular marble, and marble tiles. As with granite, solid slabs are the best choice for countertops.
Don't be afraid to mix materials. This Chicago kitchen contasts the Absolute Black granite with a leathered finish of pale wood on the island. Gray cabinets are topped with a Silestone counter in subtly-veined Pulsar.
No island? No problem. Get creative like this kitchen, which topped architects' drafting tables with glass to serve as the kitchen island. Belgian bluestone countertops pair perfectly with the Carrara marble sink in this Savannah kitchen.
Ceramic tile countertops are made from individual clay-based tiles adhered over a cement-board core using thin-set mortar adhesives. For kitchen countertops, grout seams make tile a less-than-ideal countertop material, but newer ceramic and porcelain tiles are available in large sizes that can help minimize the number of seams and make for easier upkeep.
Solid surface is a manmade material originally created as an alternative to stone, designed to resemble granite and other natural stone. It is made mostly of blends of synthetic acrylic and polyester materials, sometimes with a small amount of natural stone dust blended in.
Although a uniquely beautiful choice, marble is a relatively soft and porous stone that has drawbacks when used in kitchens. A better choice might be granite, an engineered stone, or solid-surface material that resembles marble.
If timeless is your jam, go with classic mahogany. It looks good with most colors, but we're obsessed with this blue pairing. Because this apartmennt's kitchen has a bold backsplash, the countertops are subtle. Simple slabs of the same marble cover the countertops and island.
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