Updating nero 6
Topping the dining bar with richly veined white marble not only differentiates the various uses of the space but creates a bold visual impact.Stainless steel, a longtime staple of commercial kitchens thanks to its heat-resistant and hygienic properties, is a material that's recently gained in popularity.Kitchen designers often suggest marble, but clients are wary of the upkeep."Marble can be a controversial choice," says designer Meredith Heron.The bold marble stands out in part thanks to the simplicity of the rest of the materials in the space: cabinets with a dark, mocha stain, a painted glass backsplash and limestone flooring. "This dramatic design takes its inspiration from the past but retains the best of the present," says architect Wayne Visbeen.To lend structure in the long space, he created a dual-level island, with cooking functions clustered on one level on the inside and a raised breakfast bar on the outside.
Engineered quartz countertops, which come in a variety of gem-like colors and don't require sealing, have become a popular alternative to granite for consumers turned off by granite's high price tag but who still appreciate the stone-look.
And while marble, limestone and slate are great statement-making materials in the kitchen, consumers who aren't partial to stone may want to look into the warm, natural look of wood, whether it's reclaimed, butcher-block or bamboo.