December 11, 2018
Designers are already predicting the hottest color trends for 2019. Leaders in the Home Improvement industry such as PPG, Benjamin Moore, and Sherwin Williams have named their 2019 Colors of the Year, and the palette is wonderfully diverse: Moody blues, bold blue-green shades, earthy red-browns and balanced beiges dominate the scene, creating a serene, spa-like ambience for interiors. These tones evoke scenes of the outdoors, which is an ideal setting for natural stone.
Whether you trend towards bold colored surfaces that make a statement, or neutral tones that allow your décor to stand out, MARVA carries a natural stone design from Antolini Luigi & C that will fit your aesthetic.
Antolini Luigi & C is the top producer of quality natural stone, leading the way in technology, quality, and customer service for more than 50 years.
Antolini merges a respect for the history of each slab with inventive thinking, allowing the company to advance with new technologies. “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 incredibly high quality natural stones that are perfected using their exclusive methods.
Here are Antolini’s offerings that suit some of the hottest trends of 2019.
Night Watch is a deep emerald green with blue undertones, favored by HGTV star Joanna Gaines. PPG describes the paint as one that “allows homeowners to emulate the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature in their spaces.”
It’s a dark, bold shade that makes a statement and is bright enough to keep a room from feeling cavernous. The luxe, rainforest green tone looks beautiful against tan and brown shades, and pops when juxtaposed against bright whites.
For a neutral beige surface, the elegant veining and warm tones of Millenium Cream granite are perfectly suited to join Night Watch in your home’s kitchen. In some slabs, the long horizontal veins are similar to lumber, capturing the rainforest vibe this unique paint color possesses.
Or, go for a contrast with a lighter and brighter shade, like Calacatta Extra marble. The white base offsets the dark tones of Night Watch, which can brighten up a dim room, while the gold veining gives it a regal touch.
For a more sophisticated, masculine feel, a deep brown like Copper Dune quartzite, (particularly in a leathered finish) feels mature and classy.
Diverging from other color trend predictions, Cavern Clay is a warm, inviting shade that leans more pink than orange. This terracotta hue is described by Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams, as the embodiment of “renewal, simplicity, and a free-spirited, bohemian flair.”
It’s ideal as an accent color alongside grey and beige hues, while perfectly complementing bold blues, as well.
The blue and gold layers of Blue Wave granite pick up on the warmer tones of Cavern Clay, while its cool undertones contrast and complement, keeping a room from feeling desert-like.
Alternatively, match the red clay colors to the veining in Forest Green marble to make a dramatic statement, such as in a dining room or home bar setup.
For a more subdued effect, a soft gold cream surface like Quartzite Onicata, suits the underlying hues of Cavern Clay without being matchy.
Perhaps the ultimate neutral, Metropolitan by Benjamin Moore is the ideal not-quite-white, not-quite-beige tone that provides a blank canvas for your design creativity.
“Metropolitan… emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. “It's neutral. It's understated. It just is. This is color, off-duty," according to Ellen O'Neill of Benjamin Moore & Co.
Embrace the visual quiet and softness of Metropolitan by pairing it with a neutral grey, like Pearl Grey marble, made even softer by a matte honed finish, perfect for an understated, minimalistic effect.
Or, go for the modern yet timeless all-white effect with a bright white stone like Fantasy White granite.
Then again, how much fun would it be to take advantage of the neutrality of Metropolitan-painted walls and go for a bright and bold countertop – say, Quartzite Aqua – for a piece of statement furniture, like a desktop in the home office or tabletop in the dining room. With a neutral tone, the possibilities are endless.
One factor to consider when choosing a design for your project is how you want your surface to perform. Each different type of natural stone has its own properties that influence how much maintenance it will require, and how well it will stand up to traffic.
Here is a rundown of some of the common types of natural stone that we offer:
Marble is a classic option for a high-class, luxury look that can be adapted to nearly any design style. From Michelangelo’s David to the Palace of Versailles, marble has been a cherished symbol of luxury and refinement throughout history — and remains a popular choice for discerning homeowners and builders today. Although this stone requires a bit more diligent care and regular maintenance than some other options, marble can exude sophistication for a lifetime.
As a multifunctional workhorse of a stone, granite is the go-to for beautiful, durable stone. Granite can stand up to water, mild abrasions, and heavy traffic with little wear and low maintenance. In a kitchen, granite is ideal for areas that will be exposed to pooling water, like around a sink, as well as sharp knives and hot pans. Since granite is very bacteria-resistant, there’s no need for the harsh cleaners; soapy water is all you need to wipe away any dust or dirt, making it perfect for a kitchen, where hygiene is paramount.
Quartzite is a natural stone that is taking center stage in the design world, as appreciation grows for the marble-like appearance combined with granite-like durability and application possibilities, which this remarkable stone provides. 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, but is sturdier and less prone to scratching and other damage. The quality of quartzite varies, however, and heavy use can cause etching, staining or scratching.
Maintenance with natural stone is incredibly manageable for the average homeowner. With proper maintenance and regular sealing, your stone surfaces will last a lifetime.
HAVING COUNTERTOPS SEALED REGULARLY
Sealing your countertops will help them repel water. It is advised to have your natural stone professionally sealed as soon as it is installed, but you can also purchase a sealing product to apply independently when the time comes. Each type of stone requires a different frequency of sealing, but once a year is generally recommended.
CLEAN SPILLS IN A TIMELY MANNER
Although properly sealed stone absorbs little water, it is sensible not to let it pool on the stone. To clean a spill, blot the area with a paper towel, clean it with mild soap and water, and dry with a soft cloth. For more porous stones like marble, be sure to clean spills immediately.
AVOID HARSH OR ABRASIVE CLEANING PRODUCTS
Stick to pH-balanced cleaning solutions or mild soap and water when cleaning your natural stone countertops, and be sure to use a soft or microfiber cloth. You can also disinfect your countertops once a day by sprinkling baking soda on the surface and gently rubbing it in with a damp cloth. Avoid acidic cleaning solutions like vinegar, as it can cause etching on some natural stone.
REMEMBER TO USE COASTERS, CUTTING BOARDS, AND HOT PADS
Most natural stone surfaces are very hard, but it is unwise to expose them to direct, high heat. Instead, the safest practice is to avoid setting food, plates, utensils, or hot dishes directly on your surface.
With MARVA, designers and homeowners have a local partner for design advice and guidance to all the natural stone products available, with the latest, most innovative products on the market today. Our Showrooms allow you to come and see full slabs in person to get a big-picture view of what your project will look like. And during your visit, our Galleria Consultants will offer suggestions for your project, working within your vision and budget to bring your design to life.
As your supplier of Antolini, MARVA is a true partner throughout your project and beyond to help you find exactly what you need. We offer a selection that is unmatched by any chain retailer, personalized attention and customer service, and that local connection to ensure that we’re available to answer any questions, from how to maintain your stone to inquiries about the warranty.
MARVA and Antolini are your natural stone partners, providing you with access to the largest catalog of natural stone, years of industry knowledge and expertise, and personalized service to help bring your vision to life.
Come in to MARVA today to see our natural stone options in person!
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