Deciding on kitchen surfaces could be daunting. For New York–primarily based designer Noa Santos, there’s no bettering upon the pure fantastic thing about stone. “It’s such a tactile expertise,” says Santos, who leads the inside design agency Nainoa and whose worldwide portfolio of kitchens places slabs of every kind (marble, travertine, quartzite) to beautiful use.
With purchasers, he all the time dedicates a digital session to discussing sort, coloration, and veining, which ranges from delicate to tremendous graphic. However it doesn’t matter what, he advises, head to the stone yards your self. “Oftentimes you’re stunned if you see stone in individual,” says Santos, whose favourite sources embody ABC Stone and New York Stone. “Each time I believe I’ve a favourite I come again with a brand new obsession.”
Are you in search of stone kitchen counter tops—with out breaking the financial institution? Learn on for Santos’s primer on kitchen geology, plus his skilled recommendations on deciding on the suitable floor.
Granite: “The patterns are a bit busier than I normally like, nevertheless it’s such a sturdy floor I wouldn’t be stunned if we incorporate it into our designs extra continuously.”
Marble: Santos loves marble for its dynamic veining, which might fluctuate from minimal, within the case of traditional Carrara, to exuberant, as seen in so-called Opera slabs.
Quartzite: “Aesthetically near marble however sturdy like granite, it’s a really perfect candidate when it comes to perform and type.”
Travertine: Distinguished by its pitted texture, this porous stone requires numerous love and care. For prime-use counters, Santos fills any holes with translucent resin to chop down on upkeep.
Make surfaces to measure
When mapping out stone surfaces, it’s vital to grasp the constraints. Slabs are usually bought not more than 5 ft extensive by 9 ft lengthy in thicknesses of three quarter or one and one-quarter inches. However they are often put in facet by facet to create broad expanses, or mitered collectively—joined at an angle—to type chunky counter tops or seemingly monolithic islands, like this marble showstopper in New York Metropolis. (The costliest designs may sculpt a singular form from a stable block.) However you don’t want a ton of stone to make an impression—“a bit goes a good distance,” Santos says. Stone is pricey, as Santos is fast to acknowledge, however a marble-clad hood or backsplash on a focal wall can set the temper with out breaking the financial institution.
Stability various kinds of stone
“Not less than one floor in a kitchen ought to be indestructible,” explains Santos. So in case your island is stain-sensitive pure stone, be sure that different counters are one thing engineered and “tremendous wearable” like Corian. There are man-made surfaces that mimic veining, permitting them to camouflage with marble, as an illustration. But when a kitchen’s pure stone has quite a lot of sample and character, don’t power some faux approximation. A complementary expanse in a impartial hue will supply the suitable accent. On this New York Metropolis kitchen, Santos mixed an island of Rosa Levanto marble with a wall of Caesarstone counters.