Walk into any five-star hotel lobby, and you will find marble everywhere. From floor to wall, a sea of marble tiles stretches across the entire structure. Right from the moment you step in, as you stroll towards the marvelous reception, the stone’s contrasting veins scatter with each of your footsteps. You see your reflection as you walk along the hotel’s gleaming floor. Finally, as you reach the elegant marble counter, you can imagine seeing the same slab right inside your dream kitchen.
You pull out your mobile phone from your pocket. A gallery of beautiful kitchens pops out as you search for “marble countertops” on your Pinterest app. Browsing through each photo, you are overwhelmed with the many ideas you see on the screen. A mental picture of your ideal kitchen slowly forms in your head. You imagine almost every little detail inside your kitchen, especially that gorgeous white marble island you dream.
Well, we know it’s hard not to fall in love with such a beautiful natural stone. After all, most people in the construction industry consider marble as the Cadillac of all countertop materials. It has and will always be a classic and timeless choice for many high-end kitchens for decades. Here are the four reasons why:
1. Marble Countertops have a Timeless Beauty
Marble has an appearance no human-made surface, such as engineered quartz or solid surface, can match.
Many countertop brands try to imitate the look and feel of natural marble. Yet not one product comes close to the real thing. Engineered stones lack the texture and depth of natural stone. They, too, fall short in showing an authentic marble’s innate beauty and elegance.
Technology may copy the swirls and veins of a stone, but it can not genuinely imitate the texture, imperfections, and the irregular veining of real marble.
Therefore, marble’s striking appearance and natural warmth make it the obvious choice for many high-end residential and commercial projects. Most, if not all, luxury hotels use it in various applications. These include countertops, vanity tops, floor tiles, wall cladding, elevator casing, and table tops. It beautifies reception areas, hallways, facades, kitchens, and even bathrooms.
Marble is also flexible. You can shape into curves, arches, squares, and ovals. Its edges can be custom-built to fit any design you require. Marble also works well with both traditional and modern interiors. It is a classic material that matches well even with today’s modern elements. Whether you have a farmhouse, an industrial, or an ultra modern kitchen, a marble countertop adapts the architectural style you apply to it.
If you are afraid that marble won’t match your kitchen’s color scheme, do not worry. The stone comes in hues of milky white, chocolate brown, coal-black, salmon pink, and even emerald green. With this vast array of options, we are sure that you will find a countertop piece that blends well with your entire kitchen.
Despite the variety of marble colors available, however, white is the first choice for many kitchen countertops and vanity tops. Like a white button-down shirt, white marble, like the Carrara White (Italy) or the Volakas White (Greece), is adaptable. It complements any architectural style. It mixes well with a wide variety of materials such as stainless steel, wood, and tile. Furthermore, it accepts various surface finishes, be it polished or honed (matte).
Also, marble has natural variations in its patterns which you can not find in any engineered stone. Most slabs have prominent veins, while some have subtle lines throughout their surface. These variations, paired with the broad spectrum of available marble colors, create a virtually unlimited number of color and pattern combinations. Hence, every marble slab sold on the market is unique. Veins, shade, specks, and swirls vary among each piece. You will never find the exact marble slab in your kitchen elsewhere in the world.
Engineered stones, on the contrary, are machine and mass produced. Every pattern in every square inch of the surface looks equally the same between every slab.
Ultimately, many of history's most iconic structures embody marble's timeless beauty. The Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Washington Monument, for example, are a few of the testaments of the stone's enduring appeal.
2. Marble Provides Great Functionality in the Kitchen
The stone may be known for its aesthetic charm, but do you know that it is also a great workhorse inside the kitchen?
Marble countertops provide a flat, smooth surface ideal for various kitchen preparations. It handles daily kitchen use effectively, especially when it is properly sealed.
In baking, having a marble surface, like a countertop or a pastry board, makes everything a lot easier. With a marble slab, you can effortlessly prepare various kitchen recipes. It provides a much-needed space to cut, knead, and roll nicely.
Furthermore, it absorbs heat naturally better than other materials. You can easily set down a dozen freshly baked cookies without having to worry about damaging your stone. It does so better than any other materials, such as plastic or wood, thanks to its high thermal conductivity. This characteristic allows the marble to create magic in the kitchen.
First, it keeps the dough relatively cool, preventing butter from melting. It hinders flakiness and makes the dough hard to roll. Moreover, if you chill a marble board first, it functions even better.
Second, it allows you to temper chocolate adequately, which results in better-quality sweets. It produces chocolates with consistently small crystals and minimal white patches.
Lastly, it helps keep the ice cream cold while toppings are mixed in at your favorite creamery. This benefit encourages the customers to be creative with the flavors. In turn, it ultimately adds another level of fun to the experience.
Hence, pastry chefs, chocolate makers, and other food artisans love this particular natural stone. It is just impossible to think of preparing most goodies without it.
Do you know that it is easy to clean, too? All you need to do is to wipe off the area with a dry paper towel. However, if you need a thorough cleaning, just rinse off your marble counter with mild soap and water.
3. Marble’s Beauty Enhances Over Time
Are you the type of person who wants everything always neat and perfect in the kitchen? If you answered "yes," then marble may not be the best countertop material for you.
For all its elegant beauty, marble sure does have its weaknesses. Marble, like all other natural stones, may break or show the signs of wear and tear over time.
The stone’s crystalline structure makes it susceptible to stains and sensitive to acidic solutions (etching). Thus, any spills or drips need to be wiped off after every kitchen preparation. Prolonged exposure to liquid may cause your marble to dull or discolor. To prevent stains, we recommend applying stone sealer on your marble’s surface once or twice a year.
Sealing, however, does not provide absolute impenetrable protection for your stone. It only prolongs the window period for the liquid to penetrate your marble’s surface. It allows you to wipe off easily any spill or drip on your marble countertop for a certain amount of time. Depending on your sealer’s brand, this could be between ten to thirty minutes. As such, ensure that your marble countertop is always clean and dry after every use. Never let any liquid, such as wine, juice, or coffee, sit on its surface overnight. Otherwise, you’d be surprised to see some nasty marks on your kitchen countertop when you wake up the next morning.
Are you the type of person who enjoys cooking in the kitchen? Are you comfortable with seeing some unavoidable smears and splatters from time to time? If you answered "yes" to both questions, then you might want to consider using marble for your kitchen.
Marble requires a little more upkeep compared to having granite or engineered quartz. But this little “inconvenience” is not as painstaking as you think. First, sealing your marble countertop requires only some minutes of your time. Plus, you need to do it only twice, at most, each year. Second, keeping your countertop neat and dry does not require that much effort. By doing simple things, such as using coasters and trays, you can prevent liquids from staining your marble’s surface. Also, by cleaning your countertop after every use, you can ensure that countertop stays beautiful for decades.
Marble, compared to other kitchen surfaces, is an expensive material. Thus, it is essential to take care of it properly to preserve its exceptional beauty and wide-ranging functionality.
You might notice that some areas of your marble may acquire some unwanted marks with your continued use over the years. Stains, for example, appear when liquids are left on the stone indefinitely. When left overnight, colored liquids, like coffee and juice, seep into the marble countertop and leave the surface discolored.
The stone is also prone to scratches and chips. Marble is softer than granite or engineered quartz due to its mineral composition. Therefore, never cut directly on your marble countertop. Instead, always use a cutting board during every kitchen preparation. Also, do not drag plates, trays, or other kitchen items across your marble as it may scratch the countertop’s surface.
Lastly, marble is sensitive to acidic substances. Hence, never let lemon juice, vinegar, or even tomato sauce sit on your marble countertop for too long. Any acid reacts to marble’s calcium carbonate composition. It eats away the surface of the stone, which, in turn, creates dull spots known as etches. Contrary to what most people think, etches are not stains. Instead, it is the effect of the chemical reaction between calcium carbonate and acid. It is more of a dulling, not staining.
Marble may be susceptible to stains, scratches, and etches. However, these superficial flaws do not affect your stone’s functionality as a kitchen countertop. You won’t notice these blemishes unless you look closely into the actual surface. These marks, in turn, become subtle layers of household stories imprinted on a slab.
Over time, marble develops a beautiful patina that hides all these imperfections from sight. Eventually, these scratches and etches blend and become part of the marble’s character. You’ll see them, not as flaws but, as pages of your life floating like an overlay above your counter.
4. Marble Increases Your Home’s Value
Have you ever wondered why 5-star hotels and fancy restaurants use marble in many applications? Can you imagine seeing these lavish structures use low-end ceramic tiles for their reception or bar counter?
Marble is a high-end material that provides both elegance and sophistication in any space. Despite its inherent flaws, it is the favorite of many architects and interior designers for various projects around the globe. It provides an upscale look that tops any other surface, like engineered quartz or solid surface.
You may not live in a 5-star hotel, but you can add value to your home by upgrading your kitchen with a beautiful marble slab. After all, your home is an investment. Should you plan to move out in the future, your marble countertop is an enhancement which can surely help you sell your house faster and at a better price. A beautiful kitchen always leaves a good impression not only to your visitors but also to potential buyers.
Should you buy marble for your kitchen?
Marble may require extra maintenance and upkeep compared to other countertop materials, but this does not mean that you should not consider it in your home. Many of our customers do. It just means taking a little more care of your countertop for every use.
If you love the look and if you think you can handle the extra upkeep marble requires, you do not have to think twice about having it inside your home. Make your kitchen as elegant and sophisticated like those in your Pinterest board.
Are you into the field of culinary art? Whether you are a student or an expert in food preparation, it pays to invest in a kitchen surface which stands out in both form and function. Upgrade your kitchen with a marble slab today. Whether you are in Cebu, Davao, CDO or Iloilo, you can visit a Stone Depot branch near you. We're sure you'd easily fall in love with this classic countertop.