Marble countertops for the kitchen fit into any interior, both classic and modern. Noble natural stone goes well with wood, glass, ceramics, metal, and with the high skill of the designer — with plastic. Marble slabs have individual patterns that never repeat, so a countertop made of this material will not only be spectacular, but also unlike others. This material demonstrates the status of the owner and at the same time creates comfortable conditions and coziness.
Benefits of marble kitchen countertops
Marble countertops for the kitchen have several advantages:
- They are beautiful. There are many options for unique colors and patterns of countertops. The stone has white, cream, red, gray, pink, blue, green, black and brown colors and shades. With correctly placed light sources, the structure of marble becomes especially expressive.
- Natural stone does not cause allergic reactions. He is environmentally friendly.
- The material is resistant to mechanical damage.
- Marble is cool to the touch at any time of the year.
- With proper care, this material is quite durable.
- The stone is well processed.
- Grinding and polishing marble allows you to update its appearance.
There are also disadvantages of countertops made of natural stone. The main one is the high cost of marble products. Even the cheapest option will cost more than natural wood or artificial stone. Another disadvantage of the countertop is the fragility of the material and sensitivity to high temperatures. Due to its high porosity, marble easily absorbs dirt. There are traces of products and acids on it, including vinegar, citric acid, etc. With age, the countertop becomes covered with a patina and needs to be updated.
Marble countertop in modern interiors
Light marble is considered the most versatile — white with pale veins, light blue or gray with a pronounced pattern. The advantage of this type of material is that scratches are invisible on the surface of the countertop. Such a stone fits perfectly into the interior of any color and style, but the white kitchen looks most impressive with such a table.
The uneven pattern of natural stone veins harmonizes well with the straight lines of a modern classic kitchen made of natural wood. Light stone is chosen for the design of work surfaces for the kitchen in country or Provence style.
Kitchen marble countertops can be matte, glossy and antique. The matte finish is silky to the touch, scratches and chips are not noticeable on it, and the color of the stone is muted. At the same time, this treatment contributes to the opening of the pores of the material, which reduces its resistance to contamination.
The glossy surface emphasizes the beauty of the stone, it is more resistant to dirt and damage, but it also has a higher price. The texture of the skin is inherent in the antique coating. It is most often used for processing dark marble. The surface of such a countertop has a beautiful ebb. It hides fingerprints, chips and scratches well.
Soft silky matte stone looks good in country-style interiors, while glossy organically fits into baroque and art deco styles, combined with gold and stucco. Brilliant marble countertops go well with a high-tech interior, where it coexists with the brilliance of metal and glass.
The marble worktop is combined with cast sinks made of artificial stone to match the natural and aprons made of the same material.
How to choose a marble countertop
Choosing marble for the kitchen with the help of catalogs and samples, first of all, pay attention to the color and pattern of the stone.
To calculate the price and select the plates, you need to know the dimensions of the countertop. They use both massive monolithic surfaces for seamless products, and small ones, which is a more economical option. Large countertops are assembled from several slabs, the edges of which must be carefully processed and reinforced before joining. Properly prepared joints are practically not visible on the finished product.
When choosing a countertop, you need to consider that marble includes inclusions of other minerals, which later look like defects.
The thickness of the plate must be at least 1.9 cm, the width of the protrusion is standard — 2.5–3 cm. The edge can be of various shapes, but the most practical is rectangular.
End profiles are the finishing touch to the design. They also have a practical meaning — they protect the ends from chips. When choosing the end profiles of countertops, pay attention to their processing. It can be a simple polishing, chamfered polishing, semi-roller, roller or shaped profile. It is important that the surface is smooth, without damage.
They install a ready-made countertop, made according to the measurements of the customer. The work is hampered by the large weight and thickness of the products, so the installation is carried out by a whole team of craftsmen and you should not do it yourself. In order not to damage the stone, the countertop is installed on the already fully assembled furniture in the following sequence:
- Perform a “dry” fitting and leveling the surface. Gaskets are installed in places of discrepancy with the level.
- Apply masking tape to the seams.
- The tabletop is fixed at 4 corners of the module from the inside and outside and fixed around the perimeter. For fasteners, use a set of dowels, self-tapping screws and silicone sealant. Fill the seams with epoxy, tinted to match the stone.
- Install wall plinth.
- After the installation is completed and the glue has completely dried, the stone is polished, and the remaining glue is removed with denatured alcohol.
If a built-in sink and household appliances are provided, it is mounted simultaneously with the countertop. The holes are pre-cut with a grinder.
Natural stone care
A marble countertop kitchen needs special care. You will have to purchase special products based on beeswax or synthetic wax, which, with regular use, will protect the surface from the effects of aggressive substances and stains. Pollution must be removed immediately, not allowing it to be absorbed into the pores of the stone. First you need to rinse with clean water, and then wipe dry with a towel.
For cleaning use sparing means. Powder and abrasive, chlorine-containing and other aggressive substances are not allowed.
Any product that is planned to clean marble must first be tried on an inconspicuous area of the stone. For daily care, a solution of dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth made of cotton or viscose will do. For radical cleaning, special preparations for the care of the stone are needed.
To protect expensive material from scratches, you should always use coasters and a cutting board for cutting with a knife. Grinding is carried out at least once a year.