What’s trending in materials in the Sutherland Shire? Marble! Well, marble-look engineered stone. We have noticed an increase in the use of marble-look surfaces around the Sutherland Shire, particularly since it featured in several kitchens in The Block Glasshouse. One stand-out example of the use of marble in the Sutherland Shire is the recently extended and updated cafe HAM (Harry and Mario) in Cronulla. Stunning slabs of marble-look Smartstone engineered quartz envelop their counter that wraps around the cafe, in full street view.
As marble is a natural material, it possesses timeless qualities. Timelessness is something to consider when selecting colours and materials as it may be many, many years before you decide to update your kitchen again. Marble is versatile across styles. It works harmoniously in contemporary kitchens just as well as it does in Hamptons/Cape Cod style, industrial and Scandinavian – all of which are on trend at present and used regularly in Sutherland Shire homes. Marble can be used in different areas in the home. It can be a feature piece in the kitchen, used as a splashback, makes beautiful vanity tops, desks, tables, counters, the list goes on…
Why engineered marble-look quartz? Why not real marble? Marble is a natural material, and like most natural materials it requires sealing, great care and maintenance. Kitchens are high traffic and activity areas. Kitchens are designed to be used for cooking and while real marble looks great when installed, it doesn’t stay that way if the necessary precautions aren’t taken to ensure they are protected. Vinegar, tomatoes and citrus will mark marble and spills need to be cleaned immediately. That’s why we recommend to our clients in the Sutherland Shire that they opt for an engineered marble-look quartz. These days the engineered quartz benchtops are phenomenal. They look amazing and they are easy to care for as they are non-porous and mould resistant. Like all engineered quartz benchtops, a little Jiff and a soft cloth wiped in circular motions every so often will make your benchtops look as good as new.
If you are thinking about a marble-look benchtop, in our opinion, it looks better and more natural with a thicker edge eg; 60mm. This way you can see the vein through the sides. For a more dramatic feature in the kitchen, have a waterfall benchtop that drops to the floor at the end of an island or bench. We love this look so much that we are installing a 60mm Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo benchtop in our new kitchen in Woolooware in the Sutherland Shire.
Smartstone and Caesarstone both have a range of marble-look engineered quartz. Each have their own unique veining and style. You might like to test them out on Caesarstone’s Online Visualiser. Need more inspiration? Have a look at our Pinterest board featuring marble benchtops.