December 18, 2018
The speckled grey, black, and ivory of White Eyes granite design is adaptable and stylish for nearly any kitchen.
It strikes a balance between being light without stark, and adding movement without overpowering your other design elements. It’s an excellent choice for homeowners seeking a timeless look that will add value and style to their home.
Formed when molten rock erupts from the Earth’s core, granite is an excellent countertop choice for those looking for an affordable and durable natural stone. The swirls and veins in granite are created by the twisting and lifting of tectonic plates during the rock’s cooling process, so no two slabs are exactly the same, even when they come from the same quarry.
Granite is heat-resistant, so its surface will not blister or melt when exposed to high temperatures. It is scored a seven out of ten on the Mohs scale of hardness, and will not scratch or etch with everyday use. Because of its resistance to heat, water, wear, and scratching, granite is ideal for a variety of applications throughout the home.
Kitchen countertops are an ideal place to showcase your White Eyes granite, as this stone can withstand heavy traffic and use, including ambient heat from the stove, spills, water exposure from the sink, acidic liquids, and scratches from cooking knives. Plus, since the stone is easy to clean, it is hygienic for home cooks, lessening the chances that bacteria from uncooked meats or other food prep will spread.
Antolini Luigi & C is the top producer of quality 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 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.
There are a variety of finish options for your White Eyes countertops. Here are the most popular choices:
With polished stone, your slab is ground, sanded, and buffed until a perfectly smooth, reflective surface is achieved. The high-gloss effect created by this finish is a must for designers or homeowners looking to create a luxurious aesthetic, as the shine brings out the natural sparkle of the patterns and movement within your stone. As an added bonus, a high-polish finish helps the surfaces repel stains.
Cleaning a polished surface is a simple process — a soft cloth and any number of specially developed natural stone cleaners work perfectly. Polished stone can go longer between sealing, as well – up to once per year. With a polished finish, White Eyes reflects light and brightens up any area.
To create the satiny, matte finish of honed stone, slabs are sanded to a finish that is not reflective. Honed granite provides a less formal appearance, which is preferable for those who seek a more natural, down-to-earth atmosphere in their home. Plus, since granite is naturally nonporous, the honing process won’t compromise the stone’s ability to repel liquids.
The soft look of honed granite offers a warmer, less sterile-feeling, which enhances the warmth and inviting look of the White Eyes design. Honed countertops can create more of an old-world feel, ideal for inviting gathering places, such as kitchens or dining areas.
There is some room for customization when it comes to a honed countertop, from some shine, to completely matte.
Since a honed surface won’t show wear or scratches as easily as a polished one, it’s perfect for higher traffic areas, including kitchens, fireplace surrounds, or tabletops. The matte finish does not require as much day-to-day maintenance as polished granite.
The leathered finish option, while still a novelty, is gaining popularity among homeowners. This option invites people to experience the stone through touch as much as through appearance, as the surface’s movement mimics the veining of the stone’s design. Leathered stone is perfect for rustic or farmhouse-inspired spaces, as it provides more of a straight-from-the-earth feel to the surface. This finish is also known as a “riverwashed” finish, since it appears to have been polished by flowing water.
Since leathered stone is less common than honed or polished options, choosing this finish can help your countertop stand apart, especially with more popular and commonly used designs.
Leathered stone doesn’t show scratches, fingerprints, or watermarks, making it ideal for a busy homeowner. However, like honed granite, leathered surfaces require additional protection against stains and water damage, so they will need to be sealed more frequently.
Since this design is so classic, it is suitable for several interior styles. A French Country kitchen is perfect for this granite selection, as it embraces coziness and high-end styling as key style elements. The movement and patterning of White Eyes is less dramatic than some of the current trends, and it won’t stand out among the subdued color palettes and traditional features that define this kitchen style, nor will it demand attention away from the decor accents such as crown molding.
Similarly, a country farmhouse kitchen is an excellent opportunity to utilize White Eyes, as well. These kitchens have a more lived-in look, so styles with big movement and statement-making veins may seem out of place. White Eyes granite has a traditional style – timeless rather than trendy – while the functionality of granite can stand up to modern life without being easily damaged. And since country kitchens usually have more neutral colors, the white eyes design will blend into the overall palette.
White Eyes can also be used to set off the aesthetic of an all-white kitchen. The background of the design suits the overall style, while the black and grey flecks prevent the effect from being stark or monochrome. Go for a sparkling, stunning effect with bright white cabinets, or opt for a warmer cream tone to maintain an inviting aura. Choose stainless steel or polished chrome appliances and fixtures for a light-and-bright effect, which also brings out some of the more silvery-grey tones in your granite.
The choices for paint colors that are complimentary with White Eyes are endless: bold shades won’t clash with the black-and-white tones of this design, and the range of depth in the speckled granite prevents the full look from being too light or dark. It can match beautifully with some of the hottest paint colors in interior design, like the warm terracotta hue of Cavern Clay by Sherwin-Williams, while also matching the minimalistic neutrality of Metropolitan by Benjamin Moore. Grey hues like Intellectual by Behr provide a modern yet classic look that complements this stone without being an overhaul of grey.
Maintenance with granite is incredibly manageable for the average homeowner. Because it is durable, granite doesn’t require specialty cleansers or fussy upkeep to keep surfaces looking their best.
HAVING COUNTERTOPS SEALED REGULARLY
Sealing your countertops will help them repel water. It is advised to have your granite professionally sealed as soon as it is installed, but you can also purchase a sealing product to apply independently when the time comes. Industry standards call for resealing granite surfaces about once a year, especially for lighter designs like White Eyes.
CLEAN SPILLS IN A TIMELY MANNER
Although properly sealed granite absorbs very little water, it is sensible not to let water 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.
AVOID HARSH OR ABRASIVE CLEANING PRODUCTS
Stick to PH-balanced cleaning solutions or mild soap and water when cleaning your granite countertops, and be sure to use a soft or microfiber cloth. You can also disinfect your countertops once a month by sprinkling baking soda on the surface and gently rubbing it in with a damp cloth.
REMEMBER TO USE COASTERS, CUTTING BOARDS, AND HOT PADS
Although granite is a very hard surface, it is nevertheless a safe practice to avoid setting food, plates, utensils, or hot dishes directly on your surface. Be sure to use a hot pad or trivet when placing your dishes down.
As your supplier of Antolini stone, MARVA can help you find the ideal surface for your project, working within your vision and your budget to bring your design to life. MARVA is a true partner throughout your project and beyond, to help you find exactly what you need. We offer a vast selection that is unmatched by any chain retailer, personalized attention and customer service, and that local connection with many convenient locations to ensure that we’re present and available to answer any questions, from how to maintain your stone to inquiries about its warranty.
Come in to MARVA today to see a full slab of White Eyes slabs in person!
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