The Beauty Of A Solid Stone Counter: The Options and Variety of Natural Stone

We all have that dream kitchen or bathroom in our minds. For most of us, that includes a gorgeous solid stone or natural slab countertop. It’s the perfect, timeless addition to any drool-worthy space.

With so many options out there, it’s easy to get lost in the array of products available. Here’s a quick guide to navigating all the colors, types of stone, and advantages to each type of stone.

Types of Stone

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Quartz
  • Limestone
  • Onyx
  • Quartzite
  • Sandstone and Schist
  • Soapstone and Travertine


Color and Veining

When it comes to color and veining choices, the sky’s the limit. There are the more traditional ad neutral colors, such as black, white, and about any shade of brown you can think up. But there are also shades of gold, green, blue, and some that border on red for the more adventurous decorators.

Aside from color, veining, or the lines of color that run through a slab of natural stone, add an additional element of intrigue and style the overall appearance. Veining in a solid stone countertop may be in a monochromatic scheme, with colors in similar shades. It can also be streaks of completely differing hues depending on the type of stone.

Granite, marble, and quartz are among the types of solid stone that have the traditional black and white veining options, among other colors. If you’re looking for something a little more bold, check out options like onyx, sandstone and schist, or quartzite. The latter options offer a more dramatic contrast in veigning and more vivid colors.


Advantages and Disadvantages

Granite is one of the longest used, and most durable, of building products. This makes it ideal to use in high traffic areas like kitchens. It offers a classic look with many color options.

Marble, while not as durable and scratch-resistant as granite, is still a great option for a traditional look in a bathroom or low-use areas.

Quartz is a manmade solid slab material. It is over 90 percent ground quartz, bound by polyester resin. This allows for a some extra sparkle and color options to be added, and make the counters stain and scratch-resistant.

Options like limestone, onyx, sandstone, schist, soapstone, and travertine can be less durable than more traditionally used slabs. While this may mean they aren’t the first choice for highly used areas, they are still beautiful, natural stone options for smaller spaces, like bathrooms, or as accents in kitchens.

Ultimately, it’s best to consult a professional when choosing the right natural stone for your project. If you’re ready to pick out your own slab, contact Gaumats International, LLC for a firsthand view of your options.

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