Marble has taken over almost every form of interior design and has been hyped by almost every interior designing brand or personnel we know. Needless to say, now is the time to invest in good marble for your house. The fact is that marble really gives your interior a rejuvenated look, style, and feel. It also happens to be the best choice for your kitchen!
Marble can help make or break the look of your kitchen. It can be used for walls, flooring or your kitchen countertops, you name it. But, the deal is that it has to be used in the perfect quantity and specifically in places it belongs. A problem most people with marble kitchens face is that they overdo it at times, making it look way over the top.
Kitchen countertops, arguably, take up the most spotlight when we talk about decorating or refinishing kitchens. Not only are they used for cooking purposes, but they are also used to create a clean, hassle-free workspace, storage space, and even an eating space in most places.
Selecting the proper countertop for your kitchen may make a massive difference in the overall look of your kitchen. The countertop material, for example, may collapse if it is not able to absorb the heat in the right way. This can cause you a lot of trouble. Also, if you decide to choose marble, which is notoriously tough to maintain, you may have to put in some extra effort. All is well as long as you can control the time and costs required for upkeep. The only exception is if you don’t have adequate space to take care of maintenance and repairs.
Here’s why you should use marble in your kitchens.
- The one addition that does it all
You’d be lying to us if you say you have explored marble kitchens on Pinterest and haven’t pinned almost every one of them because of the spectacular views and because almost all of them fit the requirement you’ve set for your dream kitchen.
Marble really is the one addition to your kitchen that makes you ignore everything else and fall in love with the kitchen at first sight. Marble kitchens are the reason why we know love at first sight still exists.
The glistening surface seems sleek and elegant when combined with gold or brass accents or monochrome and contemporary when combined with chromium. Given marble’s versatility in working with a wide range of design styles, it’s no surprise that it’s popular right now, was popular before, and isn’t going to go out of style any time soon.
- Cost-effective options? Yes, please.
Carrara marble, a greyer version with softer veins from Carrara, Italy, is one of the most affordable natural countertop construction materials on the market, owing to its widespread availability.
The price of a relatively rare, premium stone, such as Calcutta marble, which has a whiter surface and an even dramatic veining, rises. Unfortunately, most of the marble you find on the internet may not be the cheapest. Still, the thing with marble is the excellent variety it comes in, making it easier to opt for cost-effective options.
- Heat damage? Never heard of her.
If you’re baking during extreme heat, you can count on marble worktops to stay cold. The stone is also heat-resistant, making it a fantastic choice if you have a lot of bake-offs in your kitchen.
Regardless of its capacity to resist high temperatures, you should never set a piping hot pot on marble (or granite or quartz for that matter!) for fear of discolouring or scorching the surface – always use a potholder.
- Epitome of durability
Don’t be deceived by marble’s extensive maintenance requirements as compared to other forms of natural-stone upkeep. Marble is still quite durable.
Marble has been used as a construction material for centuries. Many of the worlds’ oldest and most famous buildings, such as the Taj Mahal, Parthenon, and Lincoln Memorial, are constructed. Because of its strength, marble is inherently resistant to breaking and scratches, so funny, you should question its durability when you need to use it as your kitchen countertop.
With that being said, there is always more to the picture and, in this context, more to the marble than it may seem. While marble countertops are elegant and sleek, and durable, they also have a few cons to them that you should be mindful of before you get them installed in your kitchens.
Here are the most fundamental reasons why managing marbles can be a little challenging:
- Breaking news; marble’s porous!
We could delve into the geology of this and explain to you all about the marble pores and how they work and do not work, but the main point is that marble is susceptible to staining substances that sink deep into the rock, such as wine, juice, and oil, because of the pores in question.
When this happens, it’s tough to undo; therefore, sealing the surface correctly during installation is critical to help avoid damage. The essential term here is assistance. If you cook frequently, you’ll have to repeat the sealing process, which you can do yourself with a quality sealer every six months, but we recommend getting an annual seal by professional marble sealers.
If you do get persistent stains from red wine, juices, oil, or anything else, the horizon is exhaustive; we have had cases of cookie dough too! We recommend soaking a cloth in a few drops of ammonia and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide before cleaning the stain; repeat until the mark is gone.
- We hope scratches don’t bother you.
No matter how much you care for a marble slab, it has the soul of a cat. The fact is marbles are easily bothered by environmental acids, and they lose their “charm” over time. When we say over time, we mean over TIME. So, it’s not like you’d get scratches on it the day you get it installed. You would if you don’t care for it, but that’s not the point.
Prolonged contact with an acid called etching removes the polish or sealant from the finish of marble, making it dull and more susceptible to scratches. Honing your marble – a procedure that results in a matte, less polished look – may make etching less visible, but it will not prevent it.
But, the good thing is these scratches don’t scream about their existence; they’re soft and, most importantly, not exactly visible to the naked eye.
If marble tops aren’t correctly cared for, they can get etched, worn, and discolored. However, with appropriate care that includes wiping up spills and being quick with that process (this will also sharpen your reflexes, by the way), using cutting boards, and drying them after use, the entire surface will develop a small patina that will conceal the original initial scratch or water ring and just look wonderful, and most importantly, natural, so don’t stress too much about it. While marbles can be hard to manage at times, they’re actually not that hard to manage if you think they aren’t!
Talking about the real question; should i use marble in the kitchen? Well, that’s obviously a personal decision, and you’ll need to look into your budgets, durability, and personal taste, but we definitely recommend getting marble installed in the kitchen; you are your own boss tho!
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia