A Touch of Luxury: Onyx in the Home

As much as it seems counterintuitive, the popularity of semi-precious materials and gemstones is rising in the countertop market. While most experts do not recommend semi-precious stone for kitchen counters that are subject to regular use, onyx is one type of rare stone that is being used more and more frequently throughout the home – on bar tops, kitchen panels, accent walls, and bathrooms.

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Onyx is a soft “royal” stone that is naturally formed by limestone that dissolves and redeposits, resulting in unusual and beautiful colors and a translucent quality. Its translucence is what’s making it a hot material in homes of every style; when lights are strategically placed beneath it, the stone takes on a striking luminescence that is impossible to reproduce with other materials.

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While onyx is one of the most expensive stones on the market and is susceptible to damage, it’s gaining popularity due to its sheer beauty and breathtaking uniqueness.

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Decorators everywhere are finding uses for onyx in the kitchen, mainly as an accent as it is not designed to hold up to heavy use:

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Onyx has made its way into bathrooms, too.

An onyx sink is gorgeous and not as costly as a larger-scale project:

 

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But it doesn’t have to be limited to the kitchen or bath. An onyx accent wall, fireplace surround, or objet d’art will make your home unforgettable:

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