In general, marble can add beauty and elegance to your kitchen for many years to come. Like this one from Caesarstone and @threebirdsrenovations.
While I do love I do love a touch of marble in a backsplash, perhaps mixed with another material such as glass, it isn’t my first recommendation for a kitchen countertop material. Using marble in areas where splatter is unlikely is fine. This gives your kitchen a high-end flourish while complementing a range of other natural or manufactured materials.
In my experience, I tend to like other countertop materials that are just as appealing to the eye, yet easier to take care of. You may have heard that you have to be careful with marble countertops. That’s because marble is a metamorphic rock that started as limestone and gained its lustrous look over millions of years of heat and enormous pressure. The limestone characteristics make it susceptible to damage by acids like the juice of lemons or tomatoes. That’s where durability issues come in. And because it is softer than granite and other finishes, it stains more easily, too. As far as maintenance goes, marble is sealed when it is first installed and the homeowner should apply a new sealer every year.
The Value of Personality
Unfortunately, in my experience, no matter how careful you are about using cutting boards and how quickly you wipe up spills, your marble countertop will eventually show signs of wear. Every surface is susceptible to scratches and etching, but I’ve found marble shows abrasions more quickly than granite and other countertop materials.
That doesn’t mean the surface is ruined! Most marble-lovers accept the new imperfections as signs of a lived-in kitchen. Their countertops are personalized with memories of good times and delicious meals.
Color And Finish
Marble can also be economical. Carrera marble is among the least expensive stone surfaces, although there are different grades and price points. Although marble can come in shades of black, green and pink, Carrera is most often white or gray with soft veins. Calacatta offers a white background with warmer veins of golds and browns. This image from Marble.com, helps illustrate the difference between the two.
Most homeowners choose a “honed” finish, which is created by sanding and creates a softer look that more easily hides blemishes. A polished finish is highly reflective and shows off the stone’s character, as well as every slip of a paring knife and stain of red wine.
When you design your kitchen, you aren’t restricted to just one surface material for counters. You may choose a durable granite or quartz for the areas where you do most of your cooking, and order marble for the island or the area you will use for baking. A combination like that creates visual interest, saves money and elevates a kitchen from nice to spectacular.