Natural stone is one of the most versatile and sustainable materials used in any home. From the fireplace in your living room to the the countertops in your bathroom, natural stone carries a long-lasting beauty and only gets better with time. Each stone features its own colors and patterns to create uniquely, infinite design possibilities since no two stones are alike.
Choosing a kitchen countertop is no easy task. You want to make sure your cabinets and appliances all look cohesive in your kitchen. Your choice in natural stone countertops should make your life easier in the long run. There are so many luxurious stones to choose from, but there are four in particular that offer a functional and stylish space.
- Popular granite - it’s by far the go-to stone. Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, making it easy to match what you like in your kitchen. It is cost-effective and durable. You will want to have your countertop properly sealed to avoid stains and damage.
- Quartz kitchen - Quartz is one of the biggest trending natural stones for 2018. Not only does it have a sleek finish, but it also has a large selection of colors and is highly durable. It features a non-porous surface which makes it resistant to stains, heat damage, and scratches. Quartz does not need to be sealed and is low maintenance.
- Marble - Marble is world-renowned for its rich appearance and luxurious style. It is susceptible to scratches and stains do require a bit more maintenance. However, marble will make your home look like it’s right out of an Italian magazine.
- Quartzite - If you love the look of marble but want something a bit more durable, quartzite is for you. Quartzite is resistant to chips, heat, scratches and other damage.
Natural stone in the bathroom is a bit harder to choose from. You’ll want something resistant to humidity, and easy to clean in case potty training your toddler isn’t going so well.
- Limestone tiles - limestone comes in a wide range of colors, so you won’t need to do much redecorating for such a tiny space. It does absorb water easily though, so it will need to be properly sealed with regular maintenance.
- Slate - Slate is a fine-grained rock that splits into sheets and can easily be turned into tiles. This natural stone can be suitable in modern and rustic homes. It comes in in many shades of pale, dark grey, green and even purple.