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2019 Design Trends Using Natural Stone

2019 Design Trends Using Natural Stone

November 6, 2018

Designers are looking forward to the new year and already forecasting trends and design elements that will define 2019. Fresh color schemes, mixing textures, and environmentally conscious materials will be embraced as an update to the fads of the past. Fortunately, there is a natural stone option that can rise to any occasion.


Designers are looking forward to the new year and already forecasting trends and design elements that will define 2019. Fresh color schemes, mixing textures, and environmentally conscious materials will be embraced as an update to the fads of the past. Fortunately, there is a natural stone option that can rise to any occasion.

Guide to Natural Stone

When designing with stone, there are a wealth of style options and stone types to fit your functional and stylistic needs. Here are some of the most popular products that MARVA has to offer.


Granite

Formed when molten rock erupts from the Earth’s core, granite is a classic choice for applications that demand an affordable, durable, and beautiful natural stone. The swirls and veins in this stone are created by the twisting and lifting of tectonic plates during a cooling process, so no two slabs are exactly the same, even when they are from the same quarry.

Granite is scored at a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, and won’t scratch and etch through everyday use. It is heat-resistant, so the surface will not blister or melt when exposed to heat. In addition to granite’s signature durability, there are countless designs and styles of granite to help create any aesthetic you seek.

Marble

With its striking veins, fine texture and unlimited color selection, marble demands attention and captures the imagination. From Michelangelo’s David to the Palace of Versailles, marble has been a cherished symbol of luxury and refinement throughout history.

Marble rates a 3 on the Mohs hardness scale, and is considered a “soft” stone – hence its common use in sculpture. And while most people think of the traditional Italian white varieties when thinking of marble, there are actually a wide range of styles and colors to create different aesthetics, from dramatic colors to subtle elegance.

Marble is perfect for creating a sophisticated, luxury aesthetic, and there are several ways to display the classic grandeur of marble.

Quartzite

Quartzite is a natural stone that is taking center stage in the design world, as appreciation grows for its equal beauty and durability. Quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock that starts out as sandstone and evolves over time under intense heat and pressure. It’s a naturally strong, heat-resistant stone that can appear similar to marble.

Quartzite has a similar harness level as granite, rated at around 7 to 8 on the Mohs scale. It is resistant to scratching and is not acid-soluble, so it won’t etch when exposed to vinegar or citrus juices. Since quartzite is durable and heat-resistant, it is ideal for nearly anywhere that granite could be used.

Neolith Sintered Compact Surfaces

The durability of Neolith surfaces make them ideal for use in high-traffic homes. And since Neolith surfaces are 100% natural and resin-free, they don’t release any harmful substances – adding peace of mind for homes with pets or small children.

Nonporous and easy to clean, Neolith surfaces are a low-maintenance, hygienic option, particularly suited for kitchens. Since Neolith has an absorption level below zero, liquids and juices from spills can be easily wiped away, keeping surfaces clean and bacteria-free. Additionally, the heat-resistance and the stain-resistance of Neolith means that there won’t be damage from ambient or direct heat, pigmented liquids, or chemical cleaners. Neolith surfaces stand up to the strongest cleaning agents, without compromising its porosity or appearance, so your surfaces can be completely sterilized.

Cambria Quartz

Cambria quartz is a combination of 93% natural quartz, one of the hardest minerals on Earth, and 7% resin, to embrace the beauty of natural quartz while enhancing the stone’s durability.

Cambria uses cutting-edge technology and processes to improve the durability of their surfaces. As a result, the upscale appeal of the stone is married with a resilience that makes the surface suitable to nearly any space. Cambria products are harder than granite or marble, rated a 7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, so they are unlikely to crack or chip.

These surfaces will stand up to rain, sun, and freezing temperatures, as well as the day-to-day traffic like spills, scratches, heat, and standing water.

With 150+ designs and nineteen different edge profiles to choose from, as well as an array of tools to match the perfect paint color or complementary designs, it’s easy to create the desired aesthetic. The versatility and range of designs means it can be used throughout a space – for countertops, tabletops, fireplace surrounds, wall cladding, bathroom vanities, bar tops, and more.

Trend 1: Varying Materials and Finishes

Designers predict that 2019 will feature an eclectic, yet cohesive mix of materials and tactile surfaces – such as glass tabletops alongside soft furniture, or concrete floors paired with natural wood panels over the walls. The variance in the textures and marriage of industrial and natural brings balance to a living space, a subconscious reminder that the demands of modern life should be counterbalanced with self-care and calming moments.

While many homeowners love the look of natural wood floors, the reality of their upkeep can be daunting. Achieve a straight-from-the-forest aesthetic without demanding maintenance with design like Neolith’s La Bohéme, a Sintered Compact Surface that mimics the look of wood, complete with a bold woodgrain design and dramatic knots to create character.

While wood floors showcase nature’s finest creation, luxurious marble or granite stones elevate a space and add a high-end touch. Pair wood floors or a rustic backsplash with a dramatic white marble or granite for countertops or tabletops – designs like Calacatta OMG feature prominent black veins to create a dramatic statement and draw attention to your marble.

Another option is to go for a more durable quartzite surface, like Taj Mahal quartzite, which features a pearlescent luminosity that creates an otherworldly effect for a luxury aesthetic that is also scratch and stain resistant, with standard care and use.

Trend 2: Moody Color Palettes

While all-white kitchens have dominated the design world for the past few years, designers are expecting homeowners to take a subdued approach for 2019. One such indicator is the tone selected by PPG as 2019’s Color of the Year, “Nightwatch Green,” a deep, slightly blue-tinted shade that is bold without being loud. This shade is perfect for kitchen cabinets to create an on-trend look that feels mature and nuanced.

Nightwatch Green and other trendy cool-dark shades pair well with grey or brown surfaces. The popular Wiskon granite design is a darker, more grey-toned option that strikes a balance between stark white and light-absorbing black. This stone, which comes from India, features a white base scattered with black and grey flecks and rippling dark veins.

For a rich brown surface, Pulpis by Neolith invokes the sophistication of tobacco and leather. The subtle white and golden veins keep the surface from appearing completely monochrome, but the movement doesn’t overwhelm the eye.

For a homeowner that wants a luxe look without the stark contrast of white against deeper backgrounds, Cambria’s Brittanicca Gold™ is a warmer interpretation of one of their most popular designs from the Marble Collection™.

Deep shades look rich against bright, glossy finishes. For this effect, aim for a polished finish on your surfaces – Cambria and Neolith each offer their own signature version, and natural stone like granite or marble can be polished to a reflective gloss, as well. Alternatively, embrace the depth created by darker colors with a matte or leathered finish instead, which will invite touch and create an aloof atmosphere in a room. A leathered finish, or “Riverwashed” in the case of Neolith surfaces, creates natural grooves and valleys that track with a design’s movement and natural relief, for an unexpected texture that can set a space apart. For a flat matte option, you can have your natural granite, marble or quartzite honed to either a completely or slightly matte finish. Neolith offers two versions, the fully matte Satin finish and the semi-matte Silk finish; Cambria has their Cambria Matte option for their quartz surfaces.

Trend 3: Eco-Friendly Design

The world is becoming more aware about the shifting environment, and homeowners are seeking to lessen their impact. Embracing natural stone for your project is an easy way to utilize “green” materials without sacrificing style. It is recyclable, doesn’t emit harmful fumes into the air, and utilizes abundant natural materials with minimal factory production.

At MARVA, we incorporate several practices to reduce our carbon footprint. In our warehouse, we recycle the thousands of gallons of water used to polish our slabs, we reuse and refurbish the wooden A-frames used to transport slabs, and we always find creative uses for damaged or broken slabs so material isn't wasted. In our offices, we are committed to recycling used printer cartridges, batteries, and paper, and all lights and electronics are turned off at the end of each day, to conserve energy. And of course, since we are surrounded by natural stone surfaces, we don't have to use harsh cleaning products and can stick to soap and water to keep our surroundings clean.

Our stone suppliers share our commitment to eco-friendly practices. Neolith surfaces are sustainably and responsibly manufactured, complying with every European Environmental safety standard. They are made of natural materials including clays, feldspar, silica, and mineral oxide, and are 100% resin-free as well as 100% recyclable. In fact, up to 52% of any Neolith surface is comprised of recycled raw materials, and don’t release any harmful substances into the air.

Similarly, Cambria embraces sustainable business practices. Their acquired quartz mine in Quebec runs on full hydroelectric power, allowing the company to leave a smaller, greener footprint. Cambria also recycles all metal tooling, as well as 100% of the water used in polishing. Their quartz surfaces are NSF 51 certified safe for use as a food preparation surface, since they are nonporous and nonabsorbent, and as such won’t draw in moisture from raw or leftover food, which can harbor harmful bacteria. Cambria doesn’t require harsh chemical cleansers that may wash into the water supply.

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’s Sintered Compact Surfaces are 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’s 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 a residential or commercial space.

As life is changing and shifting, homeowners may find themselves wishing for more counter space in the kitchen, or they may love their countertops so much they’d like to extend the design to an additional application in their home. With Cambria Quartz, you can be certain that if you return to a design years later, you can still find a matching slab. This makes future renovations or add-ons easy and convenient, as you won’t have to spend time worrying about how to design a cohesive counter space. Homeowners will be pleased to learn that they won’t have to replace their entire countertops, for a small project like adding a kitchen island or extending a peninsula – there will always be more of the same Cambria design available.

With MARVA, designers and homeowners have a local partner for guidance to all the natural stone products available, with the latest, most innovative products on the market today. MARVA is the Mid-Atlantic’s exclusive distributor of Cambria and Neolith surfaces, and has five showrooms with a wide range of natural stone slabs. Stop by a MARVA showroom and get started on your next project today.

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