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Adding a Contrasting Marble Countertop Design

Posted by Daltile Team on Jan 27, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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Kitchen features ONE Quartz Surfaces Micro Flecks in Morning Frost on the countertops and Calacatta Gold Marble on the island.

The elegant look of marble has resurged in popularity, especially in modern kitchen designs. Classic marble with veining looks especially great on the kitchen countertops because it adds distinctive visual dimension to the overall design. However, if one type of marble doesn't seem to complete the look you're after when used on its own, consider pairing two contrasting marble countertop styles to further increase the depth of your design.

Design in Black and White

Adding a dash of dark marble to an otherwise white kitchen will instantly enhance the visual impact of your countertops. Consider pairing a classic marble style like Carrara White with a darker marble like Michelangelo. Use the darker marble on your island to really make the element pop. Using the darker marble over a smaller surface will help you avoid ending up with a design that's too dark or stark. It will also add a fresh and modern touch to your space.

Pair Darker Marbles Together

If pairing dark and light marble for contrast is too bold for you, you may want to consider pairing two darker shades of marble. Take a look at the color of your cabinets for inspiration. If you love the warmth of wooden cabinetry, you may find that going with a second marble that's a darker brown or warmer shade of stone is a better fit for your kitchen. Don't forget to consider the pattern of the two marbles you choose. You can go with similar veining patterns, or go with one marble that has heavy veining and one that is more subtle for heavier contrast.

Decorate with Gray

For a modern but neutral look, you can layer shades of gray on the countertops in your kitchen. A polished gray marble on your island countertop will reflect light and brighten up your space, and going with darker grays for the rest of the countertops will add a contemporary edge. A darker shade can also offset the brightness of white cabinetry. For instance, consider going with the modern vein-cut look of Silver Screen marble, which will enhance the drama of your kitchen with its unique veining pattern.

The high-end look of marble instantly elevates the design of any kitchen, and going with a different marble countertop style for your island will add contrast and depth to your design. If you're trying to decide which marbles to pair together, use the tile and stone visualizer to pick patterns that pair well together. Then stop by a Daltile retail dealer to check out the latest marble options in person and have all your questions answered.

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