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Marva's Picks: White Countertop Options

Marva's Picks: White Countertop Options

April 17, 2018

The term “white-hot” has never been more appropriate than when used to describe the popularity of all white natural stone kitchens! This monochrome aesthetic never goes out of style, and is neutral, but far from bland. With a broad variety of white stone types and designs, you’re sure to find the perfect white surface for your space!


Distributors, like MARVA®, have an enormous selection of stone designs from which to choose. Among each stone type, like granite, quartz, and Sintered Compact Surfaces, there are an array of designs to choose from, and occasionally even a slight variance between slabs.

MARVA® offers several types of stone, from natural granite and marble, to exotic stones, Sintered Compact Surfaces, and all-natural quartz. Choosing the ideal product for your project is a matter of determining how you use your space, the traffic you expect it to experience, and the ambiance you wish to create.


Natural Stone

Straight from the earth, natural stone like quartz, marble and granite showcases the best that Mother Nature has to offer. Natural stone is popular for several reasons: it’s environmentally friendly, durable, beautiful, and there are options for nearly any budget.

Here are some popular design choices, and different stone options you can use to complete your vision:

Marble

White marble is the go-to for a luxurious-looking interior. White Carrara Marble has spidery veins that give the slab a greyish look, which can soften the stark whiteness of an all-white kitchen. For more movement and variation, the Calacatta OMG design has more prominent veining to draw more attention to your marble.

White Carrara Marble - Residential Kitchen Countertop

White Carrara Marble - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Calacatta OMG Marble - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Calacatta OMG Marble - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Granite

This durable natural stone requires very little maintenance. When designing an all-white kitchen, granite is a perfect option to avoid staining. There are several options for white granite countertops. The Fantasy White design seems to glow with a subtle silver undertone and fine gold veins, for an earthy touch. Pair it with a slightly off-white paint for a warmer take on an all-white kitchen. Princess White, meanwhile, has a speckled pattern with a greyish tint that looks stunning when paired with cool tones like slate or green.

Fantasy White Granite - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Fantasy White Granite - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Princess White Granite - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Princess White Granite - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Quartzite

Quartzite is another extremely durable option, and comes in a variety of classic, white designs. Calacatta Quartzite, for instance, features blooms of silver and grey, with less dramatic veining than other alternatives.

Calacatta Quartzite - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Calacatta Quartzite - Residential Kitchen Countertop


Neolith Sintered Compact Surfaces

Neolith Sintered Compact Surfaces are a durable, lightweight choice perfect for multiple applications around the house due to its heatproof and maintenance-free qualities.

Neolith is a lightweight material, weighing only 3.5 lbs/sq ft in the 6mm thickness, and 7 lbs/sq ft in the 12mm thickness, making it easy for fabricators to handle and keeping it from adding much additional weight to your home. Another advantage of Neolith is that since it’s lightweight, it can be installed directly over existing tile or other surfaces, making it perfect for renovations.

Neolith is among the most durable surfaces on the market, combining the very best natural raw material with state-of-the-art technology to create high-tech, durable slabs that are resistant to scratching, stains, extreme temperature changes, moisture, high traffic, chemicals, and UV rays. For interior or exterior applications, Neolith will stand up to harsh use with little to no maintenance.

Neolith Options

Design Suggestions

A bright white like Neolith’s marble-like Estatuario is perfect for creating a luxury aesthetic without much maintenance. Since Neolith won’t stain, you can clean the surface with simply soap and water.

For an unexpected interior, Neolith’s Iron Frost design has a texture and depth that calls to mind industrial metal, with the signature durability and functionality of Neolith. This design features subtle shimmering details of silver and grey, and is offered in Neolith’s matte Satin finish, perfect for a modern, contemporary look. Pair with industrial-chic furniture, such as metal stools, to complete the effect.

For a warmer alternative, consider Neolith’s Calacatta Gold, which features the distinctive, chic veining of Calacatta marble, with gold ripples and tones that create a glowing luminosity. This design would be gorgeous in a country style kitchen, or alongside copper fixtures.

Neolith Estatuario - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Neolith Estatuario - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Neolith Iron Frost - Tiny House Wall Cladding

Neolith Iron Frost - Tiny House Wall Cladding

Neolith Calacatta Gold - Commercial Hotel Reception Counters

Neolith Calacatta Gold - Commercial Hotel Reception Counters


Cambria Quartz

Cambria quartz takes the best of natural stone and enhances its durability, making it a perfect surface for modern life. Made of 93% natural quartz, one of the hardest minerals on Earth, and 7% resin, Cambria products are harder than granite or marble, rated a 7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, so their surfaces are unlikely to crack or scratch.

Cambria surfaces are maintenance-free – they never need to be sealed or reconditioned, and cleaning requires no more than a warm, soapy cloth. They’re also heat-resistant, so the design won’t fade due to the ambient heat in a kitchen.

Cambria Options

Design Suggestions

Cambria’s Marble Collection™ encompasses several stunning designs that capture the sophistication of natural marble. One of the most popular options is Ella™, with long, fine veins that are best showcased in large applications, such as countertops. Here’s how Cambria describes the design: “Taking its cue from the linear configuration of buildings in the village of Ellastone, Ella™ features a lattice of lines and intersections embedded in a marbled dove-gray background.” This design would be especially chic in a refined kitchen alongside stainless steel appliances and silver fixtures that bring out the grey veining.

For a subtler white countertop with depth, the Delgatie™ design is a neutral, brilliant take on white stone. Cambria explains that “Delgatie’s quiet demeanor blends effortlessly with its surroundings while maintaining its own delightful personality,” making it a highly versatile option alongside pops of accent color.

Warm up the space with the gold and copper hues of Cambria’s Brittanicca Gold™, offering bold ribbons of earth tones throughout. Cambria describes this design as having “flowing, multi-hued streams of copper gold, fog, and translucent greige course through this grand design accompanied by wisps and ribbons of warm earth tones against a temperate white background.” This stone is an excellent choice for a farmhouse or country style kitchen.

Cambria Ella™ - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Cambria Ella™ - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Cambria Delgatie™ - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Cambria Delgatie™ - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Cambria Brittanicca Gold™ - Residential Kitchen Countertop

Cambria Brittanicca Gold™ - Residential Kitchen Countertop


Your Natural Stone Partners

Antolini Luigi

Antolini Luigi & C is the top producer of the finest natural stone, leading the way in technology, quality, and customer service. With more than 50 years in the industry, the Verona, Italy-based company is a worldwide distributor of natural stone.

Antolini merges a respect for the history and story of each slab with an openness to outside-the-box thinking that allows the company to grow and advance with new technologies for the natural stone industry. “Constantly evolving, the company has always supported new technology and development in natural stone processing – without forgetting the importance of quality,” Antolini’s story states. That commitment to technology enables Antolini to offer the highest quality stones that are perfected using their own exclusive methods.

In addition to the traditional sanding, polishing, brush hammering, sandblasting and flaming processes, Antolini offers their exclusive ARF® (Antolini Riven Finish) and AHF® (Antolini Hydro Finish) finishes for natural stone.

Neolith

Neolith Sintered Compact Surface is the result of years of research by parent company TheSize, in Spain. Profound dedication to innovation has resulted in technologies that make Neolith unmatched in the industry. Among the most important of these is the Sintering Technology, which subjects 100% natural materials to very high pressures and temperatures, creating unprecedented physical and mechanical features.

Neolith surfaces are made from three groups of elements: minerals from granite (quartz and feldspar), which provide the product with hardness and strength; minerals from glass and silica that provide chemical stability; and natural oxides that offer chromatic properties. All of Neolith’s surfaces combine the very best natural raw material with state-of-the-art sintering technology, to create high-tech, durable slabs that are resistant to scratching, stains, extreme temperature changes, moisture, high traffic, chemicals, and UV rays.

Cambria

With Cambria quartz surfaces, you may rest assured that you are getting high quality American-made craftsmanship and close-to-home customer service. Your quartz surfaces are responsibly obtained by conscientious partners and polished using 100% recycled water – a practice that saves an estimated 1.6 billion gallons of water per year. A limited lifetime warranty for all Cambria products and outstanding customer service further ensures that you will be satisfied with your Cambria experience for the lifetime of your home.

Cambria products are harder than granite or marble, rated a 7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, so their surfaces are unlikely to crack or scratch. And since the surfaces are nonporous, Cambria quartz doesn’t absorb liquids or food, which can cause staining and bacterial growth within the countertop, resulting in a more hygienic surface. Cambria is NSF-51 certified for food and splash zone use. Cambria is also GREENGUARD certified as a low-emitting product for indoor air quality.

With the popularity of white kitchens, there are a plethora of gorgeous stones at MARVA®, to choose from to create your dream space! To choose the best design for your project, schedule an appointment with one of MARVA®’s Galleria Consultants. We can help guide you to the ideal stone, design, and aesthetic to make your vision come to life, and make the process stress-free. For guidance to the best surface for your project, call your local MARVA®, showroom today.

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