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White kitchen countertops

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If you are looking for a white stone for your new kitchen counters you are not alone; white is in fact one of the hottest colors for kitchens and bathrooms everywhere. White countertops make your kitchen look larger and more spacious and they fill it with light. Since white is a neutral color, it combines beautifully with other tones and it can fit into virtually any style.

There are many options available depending on pattern, tone and stone type. White marbles* have been a classic for centuries. Quarried in Carrara, Italian white marble was used by the elite in Ancient Rome and it remains a symbol of status in today’s homes. From the simplicity of Bianco Carrara, to the magnificent beauty of Calacatta Gold and Statuary White – whose name comes from its original use in statues. Calacatta and Statuary are timeless pieces of natural art so versatile that can enhance most types of ambiences: from traditional to contemporary and the most modern designs.

 

Bianco Carrara

 

Calacatta Gold

 

Statuary White

White quartzites are quickly becoming some of the most demanded stones for kitchen countertops in Southern California for a reason: they are harder and more resistant than marbles to stain or scratch, requiring less maintenance – without compromising on beauty. White quartzites can also enhance a variety of kitchen styles. While White Macaubas is the quite essential expression of classic beauty, Madre Perla, with its shiny tones of gold, brings a touch of fresh air to any contemporary kitchen.

 

White Macaubas

 

Madre Perla

 

There aren’t too many white granites but, the ones do exist, remain true to the very essence of granite in style and pattern, combining darker veins or dots of other colors over a mostly off-white background. From the smooth, grayish lines of White Quartz, to the dark crystals spread across the snow-like background of Alaska White.

 

White Quartz

 

At Stone Mart we carry a big selection of whites that will offer you the perfect touch.  Our expert staff are trained and pleased to assist you in the selection process.

* Please note that marble is porous and is not recommended for use on Kitchen counter tops.

The quest for the right look

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Choosing between stone types

Each natural stone type has different structural properties that have an impact on its look and feel. From up close, granite, as its name indicates, has a more granular look as opposed to marble or quartzite’s smoother feel. From a distance, granite and quartzite constitute the epitome of natural stone’s beauty: lots of movement, veins and variation with a rich combination of colors that make each piece unique. If a friend picks the same granite for her countertop, it may look like yours but it will never be the same.

Marble, in some of its more high-end options like Calacatta and Statuary White (which have been quarried for centuries Carrara, the heart of the Italian Tuscany) also present those beautifully and naturally crafted veins. Combined with the luminosity that their white background brings, Italian marble always delivers the wow factor. Most marbles, limestones and sandstones, however, have a more standard, one color look with occasional veins and spots making it perfect as a background choice on floors and walls.

Onyx and natural quartz share a unique quality that adds to their magnificence: they are translucent. They are often installed with light bulbs behind them that, when turned on, make the stone glow and enhance the radiance of its colors. Onyx is a more delicate stone often used in table tops, bar tops and occasionally, bathrooms. Quartz is very hard and resistant and it is therefore suitable for any application.

Semi precious stones constitute the ultimate choice for luxury homes. Uniquely stunning pieces of jewellery for your home that never go unnoticed and are easy to fall in love with.

 

Discovering your favorite combination of color and pattern

Color is the attribute that makes natural stone such an interesting choice because of the variety of options and combinations available. It’s not a question of whether you’ll find the exact color you are looking for, it’s whether you’ll be able to select one of the many matches you’ll find. Furthermore, natural stone has the ability to surprise you. It’s not unusual for our customers to enter our showroom with a stone in mind and to walk out selecting something different. That is because walking around our exclusive Stone Gallery they found that stone that touched something deep inside of them and made them change their mind.

 

Selecting the finish that enhances the beauty of the stone you have picked

The most popular finish for natural stone is and has always been the polished finish. It’s that shiny and smooth look that always delivers and never gets obsolete. The other traditionally popular is the honed finish; the standard for limestone and sandstone and commonly used in marble and travertine, it stands as a non-reflective alternative to polishing stone.

In recent years and since honing granite never became too popular, a new and improved non-reflective finish has been growing in popularity: the leather finish. It’s called leather because, rather than presenting a smooth and uniform surface, it enhances each granite’s natural veins and movement by slightly carving the softer areas of the surface. The result is a leather-like feel that makes your granite countertop look more unique and natural.

The antique and tumbled finishes on marble and travertine generate an effect comparable to leather on those stones.

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