Stone surfaces come an array of colors, sizes, finishes, durability, and quality. The following stone types have their own unique characteristics that can best fit a homeowner’s lifestyle and taste. There are a few things to consider when selecting your stone. Is the stones objective to be heat resistant, non-porous or susceptible to scratches? What is the best location and type that works best for your lifestyle, and how can it be used? Let’s take a step into why these types of stone are setting the standards as top favorites of today for owners and designers.
High-performance, low maintenance and upscale aesthetics, what more could you ask for? Quartz slabs are not like other stones, they are man-made engineered stone that is heated and pressurized. This stone has resin binders and pigments that provide deep tints and the starkest whites. This non-porous stone is most often seen in eye-catching designs due to its striking veining and contrasting colors. It is best found in high traffic areas that do not require much attention or care.
This stone is the most often used due to its high durability and budget friendly pricing. Being a natural stone, granite provides a heat resistant and non-porous surface, making it a great option for high traffic areas. Kitchens are a great place to utilize granite due to the regularly used cooking and prepping surfaces. No need to worry about a hot pot burn or a red wine spill!
Marble is a beautiful and desirable stone. Unlike granite or quartz, marble is a versatile stone; it is available in multiple sizes from slabs to mosaic tiles. However, it is brittle, porous, and easily scratched. Utilizing your marble within a bathroom, allows for an elegant and soft look. It can be installed to horizontal surfaces like floors or vertical surfaces like shower walls. Regardless, you will not have to worry too much about scratching, staining, or cracking due to this personal low traffic area.
“Throw away the mindset that stone is limited to only countertops. Any of these types can be used on vertical or horizontal planes” – Madeline Comeaux
Traditionally, a stone can be found stopping at the edge of cabinetry, but these days stone is being used beyond counter working surfaces. There are many unique techniques that can be used to create a design experience that is cutting edge and unlike the rest.
Use the commonly viewed countertop horizontal application and push for more. Imagine your surface installed on a horizontal or vertical plane. Allow your surface to be a backsplash, waterfall island, integrated sink or even an island knee wall.
The intended function of your selection is a great starting point when deciding which type to use and how to use it. When utilizing a design team, your interior designer can provide insight as to which stone is the best selection for the application. The designer has a network of stone companies providing many different choices sure to fit your style and function.
Madeline is a key member of the DMG Design+Build Team offering professional design and construction expertise. She works closely with homeowners to select finishes and materials that express their uniqueness, creativity, and style within their new or remodeled home. Go to https://dmgnola.com/madeline-comeaux/ find out how Madeline fell in love with design.
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