DISCOVERING MARBLE ALTERNATIVES IN STONE YARDS
When it comes to selecting the perfect stone for your architectural or interior design project, no amount of online browsing, Architectural Digest YouTube videos, and Pinterest references can replace the experience of physically exploring stone yards. If there’s anything we’ve learned from the architects and designers who have visited our California showrooms, it's that tactile exploration of materials is a key step in the creative process of shaping a space.
We've come to understand that creative processes are anything but linear. Even if a client or a designer has their heart set on a particular slab of marble, there might be alternatives that sometimes go unnoticed. At Marble Unlimited, our doors are always open. We invite our clients to visit us, where a team of experts can expertly navigate them through the process of selecting the stone that best aligns with their needs. Even if they steer away from the conventional options they are used to seeing online.
Here are just a few examples.
Onyx can be a great alternative to marble when looking to create dramatic spaces. Its distinctive quality lies in its ability to beautifully diffuse light, transforming spaces into ethereal realms of tranquility. However, onyx's delicate nature makes it better suited for spaces with lighter use, avoiding high-traffic surfaces. Onyx comes in almost every color imaginable, from soft neutrals to invigorating colors, making it a versatile choice for those seeking artistic expression in their space
Quartzite presents itself as a captivating counterpart to marble. It has a remarkable transformative quality that is favored by designers for its ability to capture the theatrical essence of marble but with a softer and more ethereal pattern. Quartzite is a more resilient alternative to marble, it can resist acid stains and high heat, making it an ideal choice for enthusiastic cooks.
If you are on a quest for a black kitchen that is unique, soapstone should be on your radar. From deep greens to charcoals, and black soapstone brings a flare of uniqueness to your space. Renowned for its heat sensitivity, soapstone is a practical choice that also boasts non-porous qualities, effectively resisting staining and water damage. However, there are considerations to bear in mind. As soapstone ages gracefully with use, a natural patina develops. Regular oiling is necessary to maintain its even wear, a process not preferred by all.
In the ever-evolving landscape of design, the path to creating spaces that resonate with your vision is both dynamic and multidimensional. The journey to crafting the perfect space involves more than mere aesthetics; it's about forging a connection with the very materials that shape your environment. At Marble Unlimited, we understand that each stone is a testament to the infinite possibilities that lie within. Our doors are wide open, welcoming you to explore, feel, and envision your next natural stone.