A guide to choosing marble countertops and backsplashes
It is an essential choice which sooner or later has to be made when designing a kitchen. The countertop and backsplash are two key elements of the kitchen, even though they are often the last to be installed; they are surfaces of primary importance both in terms of function and esthetics. The perfect tiles for countertops and backsplashes are able to combine the esthetic requirements of the kitchen and the owner’s design preferences with the need for a safe surface which is resistant to heat, chemicals, and water, and can easily be fully sanitized.
The kitchen tiles which make the most important contribution to establishing the atmosphere and temperature of the room are precisely those of the countertops and backsplash. These are the horizontal and vertical surfaces which establish the esthetic coordinates of such a dynamic space as the kitchen: the place for creating and experimenting, the focal point of the house, where family time and the most authentic flavors come together.
Marble tiles for the kitchen
As regards kitchen wall tiles, of the innumerable possibilities offered by Emilgroup’s porcelain stoneware solutions, marble tiles offer perhaps the best guarantee of elegance and personality. Increasingly popular among designers, marble is winning space in more and more kitchens, cladding them with refinement and character. The more prestigious and classical dimension of marble – the ceramic material par excellence – thus combines with the lively day-to-day living experience provided by the kitchen worktops. Marble countertops in particular are an extremely popular, cross-cutting choice, able to set up dialogue with the widest range of colors and styles.
When talking about marble countertops, we ought to consider the fact that the material can come into direct contact with foods. For this reason, it is essential to choose NSF certified large slabs. This certification is the guarantee of quality and safety awarded by the NSF – National Sanitation Foundation, world leader in product food safety certification. NSF certification is a key requirement in ensuring your countertops are always safe and hygienic, without compromising on the esthetic aspect.
Level’s tiles are the best solution from this point of view. Level Marmi offers a wide range of solutions (NSF certified) which explore all the three-dimensional possibilities of marble and express its maximum potential in large formats – perfect for kitchen countertops – for a tile which rises to the level of a masterpiece. There are fully 24 color variants available – texture, cut, color, veining – from the hypnotism of Agata Blu to the depth of Onyx Black, from the theatrical nature of the darker tones to the brightness of the white marble effect tiles. A wide range of possibilities and combinations designed to satisfy all tastes, from the more traditional to the most exotic.
Kitchen backsplashes: why choose marble
The kitchen backsplash, as well as protecting against splashes, naturally, is also the element which visually joins the kitchen countertops and appliances to the cabinetry. When choosing these particular (and strategic) tiles, it is advisable to take into consideration the combination with the other elements of the kitchen – an environment which lends itself to more experimentation than other rooms in the house, a touch of eclecticism, a break from the principle of continuity which guides the esthetic choices of walls and floors. Marble is often the winning solution for connecting the backsplash with the kitchen cabinetry, without ever being banal or lacking in harmony. The kitchen is the ideal place to bring the timeless appeal of marble together with the tastes and perceptions of more contemporary design. Tele di Marmo Onyx by Emilceramica is an ideal starting point to realize this new way of thinking of marble. The collection takes an original look at one of the most appealing materials – the fruit of scrupulous study of the patterns and veining in some of the most popular marbles in the world, with iconic and vibrant colors. The tribute to the ancient perceptions of onyx gives new life to a tile which is almost a work of art: the richness of the vibrantly bright facets and the chiaroscuro effects come to life in five refined color variants. The possibilities of marble expand to reach new surfaces which combine its timeless appeal with the most refined contemporary design taste.