When it comes to selecting kitchen countertops, classic white marble remains the top choice for many homeowners. It’s a natural material with great variety, depending on which variety you select and how it’s cut. It creates a really lovely natural pattern, which you don’t get with a lot of artificial materials.
Although many people automatically think of creamy white stone when they think of marble, there are hundreds of varieties. And also you just don’t get that color and kind of viening in any other type of natural stone.
For kitchen countertops, however, we generally recommend sticking with white. Because acid etching leaves a whitish mark, it is much more noticeable on colored marble than on white marble. But on the other hand it’s a personal choice.
When it comes to selecting slabs, every stone slab is slightly different, so it’s ideal to select the exact pieces of stone that will be used for your countertops. In the case of marble every quarry is different, but it’s possible to cut the same marble blocks two different ways to achieve unique veining patterns.
The most popular finish choices remain polished, which looks glossy, or honed, which appears matte. But for homeowners concerned about acid etching we recommend a honed finish. On a polished finish, etching is going to turn it dull and be more visible but with honed, you’re dulling an already dull finish, so it disguises it.