So Much Choice – How to Choose?
If you like an abundance of choice, buying
stone is a consumer's paradise. The best kitchen countertops in North York
can use marble, granite, or quartz. There's even an exciting new synthetic
material, ECO by Cosentino ® that combines all the best qualities of stone.
What's a would-be home renovator to do?
Benefits of Marble
Without question, marble conveys prestige.
It has brought the finishing touch to buildings over the ages – from palaces to
cathedrals. Marble has been used extensively in the interior of banks to
suggest wealth, and this has been carried over into homes for the same reason. Marble announces
that you have "arrived” financially.
Consider its design flexibility. Marble is
beautiful and comes in an incredible array of colours. Italy gives us the milky
white of Carrara and Ireland has its famous Connemara green. Marble also comes
in rose, pink, and black. It can work
with any interior colour scheme and works just as well in a modern home as it
does in a traditional setting.
Marble's glossy surface and gorgeous
swirling striations are pleasing to the eye. So too is its uniqueness; no two
pieces area alike and you will never go to another home and see a countertop
quite like yours.
In the kitchen, the glossy, impermeable
surface of marble makes it hypo-allergenic and resistant to bacteria. Its
sanitary surface also remains cool and thus is perfect for the preparation of
The negatives are few. It can chip and
scratch, so a cutting board is needed. Marble does require periodic resealing
to retain its beauty; if uncoated it can cloud. It will stain unless regularly
cleaned. Hot items should not be placed directly on marble, as it will scorch;
pads or trivets are recommended.
Small Before You Go for the Design Glory!
If you are a tentative renovator – moving
forward gingerly one item at a time – then beginning with countertops is the
perfect beginning. Start small, perhaps just with your bathroom vanity
a wet-bar top. Both are surfaces that need to be quickly and easily cleaned,
and the impermeable, glossy surface of marble suits that. Small countertops can
have a "wow factor” effect that far outweighs their size. An ordinary washroom
can be transformed with a just a few square feet of marble.
Talk to your dealer. Many have "remnants” –
stone pieces that are left over from other jobs. These are less expensive but
perfectly suitable for smaller jobs, like that bathroom vanity. Start simple,
then add a few other marble accents to the room – perhaps a window ledge or
shelf. Consider a backsplash to the bathtub or vanity. Stand back and admire
the transformation your bathroom countertop has created to that humble room…
then think about the great things marble can do for your kitchen countertop!