As you all know, I am most always adorned in black and white, so it would only be fitting that I dream in black and white as well - white Calacatta marble with gray veins covering my kitchen counters. I just picture myself as an Italian chef taking a big heap of fresh pizza dough and rolling it out on the smooth surface of the sparkling white, pure, organic beauty.
Though this is my dream, I often come across clients who love the look of marble but fear picking them as counter tops due to their lifestyles:- children spilling food or even themselves splashing red wine and leaving behind unfortunate and everlasting personal statements. I strongly believe in materials being functional in the interiors the I create. When it comes to kitchen counters, it is possible to have your cake and eat it too (Just avoid putting a hot pan out of the oven on the marble!)
Before undertaking the process of seeking out the perfect stone there are several items you should consider:
1. This is an investment, and the only way to get the most durable marble is by going to a trusted marble company. Marble slabs from the same location vary in durability from layer to layer, so it is crucial to work with someone who truly knows what they are doing. It is a general rule of thumb that the lighter the marble, the harder it is to care for. Still, I believe one should choose based upon what they are most drawn to, work with a trusted source and ensure to take proper care.
2. After choosing the perfect marble, it must be fabricated properly. Honed marble, which has more of a matte finish, will hold up better compared to a polished finished, which will leave spots and scratch much easier. Sealer will need to be re-applied annually.
3. Calcium-based stones like marble are susceptible to acidic stains, but if you simply know how to care for your marble, there shouldn’t be problems. If there is a spill the most crucial thing to do is clean it up immediately and not let it soak in overnight. Methods of cleaning should be very gentle - a warm damp cloth with mild soap; never use abrasive cleaners. Marble polish will also help to maintain your marble’s luster.
What is so lovely about marble is that it only becomes more exquisite over time as it develops a patina. Until I am able to one day design my own kitchen, I will live vicariously through my clients and keep putting beautiful slabs of marble in kitchens.
What do you think? Would you put marble in your kitchen?