Thinking about Marble for Your Kitchen Counters?

December 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

Doesn’t a marble countertop look just terrific in the magazine? There’s something about that smooth creamy finish that really appeals to our desire for a clean, uncluttered look. But looks are deceiving. If you are at the countertop decision stage of your kitchen renovation, think twice about selecting marble. Before you get too caught up in its beauty, take a close look at a sample that has been passed around a bit. Anything catch your eye and send up a red flag?? Those not-so-little dings and scratches on the sample might end up on your countertop. Just so you know… there are more durable options out there if maintenance is an issue.

Having said that, if your vision for your dream kitchen is something out of the French countryside, then by all means, marble is the way to go. It screams fresh baguettes and croissants! The dings and scratches acquired over time become part of the patina of the kitchen — and really part of the overall French country kitchen design. If you are a baker, you might include (as one of my clients did) a marble bake station only (the rest of the countertop was soapstone).  Or consider a marble vanity top for your guest half-bath.

A little bit of marble in the right place is a wonderful thing.

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