Here it is....the inspiration for our new kitchen!
While I have always loved white marble, this one really took my breath away! The distinct veining pattern of Calcutta Oro is exactly what I had in mind for our new kitchen. The soft creamy grey and white palette will set the design tone. We are planning to have the existing natural cherry cabinetry which we inherited when we purchased the home repainted a soft white. The island will be a darker grey tone and for the walls, I am thinking about an easy care vinyl wallpaper like the Thibaut one shown below. It will give the few walls we have some texture and be easy to clean with busy teens in the house.
So for the downside of this gorgeous marble. Maintenance. While nothing will make marble impervious to etching and scratching, stains can be kept at bay with a 15 year guaranteed sealer that will be applied by the fabricator prior to installation. This is well worth the investment for some peace of mind.
With the material selected, the next decision will be how to treat the edges of the marble. Our material is only 2 cm thick versus the standard 3 cm. Many of the more decorative edges will not work on a thinner material. I prefer a simple flat edge and let the stone be the star of the show.
While I like the thinner 2 cm countertops in an older home, the island needs to have some presence. The island edges are going to be mitered and will be 6cm thick for some wow factor.
Technology has made the process of laying out the countertops on the slabs a dream compared to the formerly manual process. By twisting and turning the pieces, we can have our favorite parts of a slab where we want them. Isn't it amazing to be able to see exactly how the slabs will look when they are installed? I love this part of the process. Seams in this marble full of strong veining pattern would have really detracted from the beauty of the stone. With our expert technician at Stone Fabricators, we were able to layout the entire kitchen (and my daughter's bathroom!) without a single seam. Success!!
I can hardly wait for my dream kitchen and marble counters...