Many of our clients come to us with a clear vision for their kitchen renovation. One look that’s incredibly popular right now? White, bright and full of beautiful marble – and we’re definitely on board with making this happen. Not only is it on trend at the moment, it’s a classic, timeless look that you’re unlikely to regret in the years to come. That said, my team and I often have some suggestions when it comes to materials – namely, how to get this look at a great price and with durable, lasting results.
The look you want
Common requests for this style involve carrara marble and calacatta tile – natural stone options that are largely white with lovely grey veining. There’s nothing wrong with using either of these materials – both are high quality and visually appealing. However, there are additional options that should be explored before making a final decision. I’ll help talk you through this part of the process – what do you want visually, and what does your family need in terms of function? Do you have young children? How much time do you have to clean and maintain your countertops, and what else do we need to know before moving ahead? Like all design decisions, it’s not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Custom is everything, so this type of conversation is where we get started.
Options that are beautiful and durable
Natural stone is beautiful, but the same look can often be achieved with other materials. The reason to use a man-made alternative is that they’re often available at a similar (or lesser) price point and may last longer. For example, we often suggest quartz countertops. Quartz is a man-made material that is harder than both granite and marble. It’s consistent, there’s no sealing required and there’s no bacterial transfer. It’s made with resins, so it’s hard and very solid. You can place a hot pot down on a quartz counter just as you would with natural stone with worrying about damage, and it doesn’t stain as easily as natural stone will. Quartz will require some maintenance (everything in your house does!) but compared to natural stone, it’s less work. Plus, it looks amazing – everything you wanted in a marble kitchen with none of the drawbacks.
Contact us to learn more
Every reno is different and we’re happy to talk about your specific needs and vision. If you’re interested in a free consultation, please contact my team – we’d be pleased to visit your space and discuss options.