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Solid as a Rock - Natural Stone Countertops for Your Kitchen Remodel

Emilie Kyle

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Last month we shared an overview of different materials to consider using for counter tops for your kitchen or bathroom remodel. This week we’re going to delve into natural stone, specifically granite and marble.

Granite was a big hit over a dozen  years ago. Back then, it was the option I found my clientele gravitating toward the most when they wanted to change out their laminate countertops. It certainly is more luxurious than laminate, so even without changing out cabinets, it makes a big difference in the way a kitchen looks. Developers consistently used granite when creating new communities across America. Now it seems like granite is the minimum standard for many kitchens and baths. The colors range from very light to black and everything in between. The patterns range from very small patches or chunks to huge swirls across many feet of a slab. There can be many colors within granite that help make up its overall look. There are some beautiful varieties that have flecks of iridescence that really make the stone come alive.

A tightly flecked granite: Barcelona Granite -  Source

A tightly flecked granite: Barcelona Granite - Source

A swirl patterned granite: African Savannah Granite -  Source

A swirl patterned granite: African Savannah Granite - Source

An iridescent granite: Volga Blue Granite -  Source

An iridescent granite: Volga Blue Granite - Source

Granite reacts well with heat and acids, but not abrasive cleaners or pads. In addition, you’ll want to ensure your granite is sealed from the get-go to reduce absorption of liquids. You will want to get it resealed after ten years, but possibly sooner depending on use. The edge styles are almost infinite with granite, so you can pump up the style with this detail alone.

Designer & photographer unknown;  Source

Designer & photographer unknown; Source

Marble is a classic. It looks good, it feels good to the touch, but it’s a bit delicate. It’s a softer stone than granite. It will look beautiful in a powder room or a master bathroom and will be a nice surface to knead or roll out dough on in the kitchen. It can be polished to a reflective finish or honed for a softer look. While it is heat resistant, it does absorb liquids and can etch with red wine or marinara sauce. It will patina over time. It can chip or crack along a vein. If you want it to not look as worn, marble may not be right for you. If you love it and can care for it and don’t mind it wearing like your favorite cashmere sweater, it could be perfect. That comparison isn’t a coincidence. Marble is expensive and is a luxurious material, ranging from $150-250/square foot. If you love the look of it but are worried about the maintenance, you can use it solely as a baking counter. This way you get the look you want but in a smaller dose with less risk (you could also use marble tile as a backsplash for another elegant choice). Another option that looks like marble is manmade quartz or porcelain. We touched on it here and will expand upon it in a future post.

So, tell us: do you prefer granite or marble, or another surface for your kitchen or bathroom counters? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Emilie Kyle

Lush Interior Design LLC is a Hospitality, High-end Residential, and Commercial interior design firm located in the Washington, DC area. Lush specializes in elevating brands through beautiful and functional interior design to make the most impact on guests and users of each space. If you are a restauranteur, hotelier, creative brand, or association and want the Lush team to manage your interior design project, book a complimentary call to discuss how we can help you!

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Countertops: an Overview

Emilie Kyle

So you want to redo your countertops. Simply changing out countertops is a quick and easy way to update your kitchen without a lot of fuss. Some people instantly gravitate toward one type of material or another. There are myriad options to consider here, from stone to man-made, from wood to metal. We'll review several categories to consider.

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