Renovating your kitchen or bathroom and not sure which countertop to choose? You've come to the right place!
I often get asked what is my go-to stone when designing a project- truthfully, I don't have one! With so many options to pick from, the process can become overwhelming. Many factors such as: space, design aesthetic, and budget all need to be taken into consideration. I recently took a trip to Encore Stone Studio here in Charleston! During my visit, I was able to source for clients as well as learn more about Man-Made vs. Natural stones. Continue below for my tips and tricks when selecting the perfect stone for your home!
MAN-MADE vs. NATURAL STONE
Extremely durable stone Granite is heat resistant and unlikely to scratch or chip if sealed when installed. Because it is a natural stone, no two slabs are the same. You will typically see Granite in a kitchen!
Marble is another great natural option for anyone looking to make a statement in a space. Whether that be a countertop, backsplash, or floor! The surface stains easily- it is very important to wipe down immediately after a spill.
The perfect option if you are shopping for a unique countertop. Quartzite is very similar to Quartz except a natural stone not man-made! It is resistant to common kitchen acids like lemon juice.
One of my favorite man-made stones! Quartz is an engineered stone that is available in many patterns and colors but appears more uniform. Extremely resistant to staining, Quartz is the perfect option for a kitchen or bathroom!
Heat-resistant, easy to clean, and environmentally friendly. Porcelain is a great low-maintenance option that is beautiful. It can work in any space- known to be the “most durable” option.
Still unsure about which direction to go? I had the opportunity to collaborate with Encore stone and curate a collection of my favorites! I have broken down where to best use the stone, finishes, and paint colors. Even the accessories to complete the look! It was so much fun putting this together I hope it is helpful to y'all!
A look inside the Charleston Encore Stone warehouse, you are able to see the inventory in person which I love. Stone can photograph badly and look completely different!
MEGAN MOLTEN x ENCORE STONE COLLECTION
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