Marble is often referred to as the velvet of the natural stone world and its not hard to see why; its soft luxurious look and textures are so beautiful that its hard to resist. However, aside from its eyewatering price tag, marble’s tactile qualities make it an easy target for scratching, etching, chipping and staining. This is not what you want from a VERY expensive marble kitchen worktop, so we’re here to offer alternatives to marble kitchen worktops that look equally chic, are extremely durable and don’t break the bank.
Quartzite is a natural stone that has beautiful streaks of rich tones and colour running through its surface with a range of patterns available. Quartzite offers a fantastic alternative to marble kitchen counters as it possesses all the qualities we love about marble without the “softness” of marble.
Due to its wonderful tone and variety, Quartzite’s biggest advantage is its timeless elegance and appeal which makes it fit into all types of kitchens. From traditional, farmhouse style kitchens to contemporary spaces this unique stone is robust and stands the test of time.
Easy to wipe down and very little maintenance required, Quartzite is the new kid on the block but one you should definitely consider when you’re shopping for kitchen counters.
Don’t be surprised that laminate made it to our list. Over recent years laminate manufacturers have observed the demand for high-definition alternatives to marble kitchen counters and produces beautifully upscale worktops that still respect budget.
The best part about using laminate as your alternative worktop is the ultra-affordable element of it. Achieve a high quality, exclusive kitchen on a budget with laminate – yes really!
Silestone is made up of 94% natural quartz and is a non-porous surface that is highly resistant to stains like coffee, wine, lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil – things marble reacts badly to due to its makeup of composed of calcium carbonate or magnesium carbonate.
Because of its high quartz composure, Silestone is extremely durable and highly resistance to things like scratches and high impact. It also looks extremely beautiful as the many colour and pattern options give it a classic, pure appearance. The natural veining of the quartz provides a feeling of depth that will look chic in any kitchen, no matter what style you’re considering.
Corian is championed for its soft, delicate look and extremely robust character which makes it one of the best alternatives to marble kitchen counters. Corian kitchen worktops are a solid surface which flows seamlessly with other features like sinks and backsplashes, making it extremely functional with enduring beauty. Its natural veins, patterns and colours establish it as one of the best alternatives to marble kitchen counters.
The effortlessness of Corian makes it a favourite of many homeowners as it can withstand high pressure, requires very little maintenance and is easy to clean. It remains a popular alternative to marble as it is created to last a lifetime.
Whether you’re just shopping for a new kitchen worktop or an entirely new bespoke kitchen design please do not hesitate to contact us as we can achieve your dream space. Visit our showroom or contact us to arrange an appointment to begin your journey with Paul Barry KBB.