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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Marble Decorating Ideas In Design – A 2015 Interior Design Trend

The trend was conspicuous at many design trade shows, including the Maison et Objet Paris, Milan design weekand London Design Festival. New and advanced technologies have raise the number of ways in which designers can create and apply shapes using marble, thereby increasing productivity of and accessibility to marble-based products (albeit, some might argue, at the expense of traditional forms of craftsmanship).

Can be  marble floor considered as a marble inspiration?

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Round pedestal dining room table in Carrara marble! This is AGRA, selected by Nikki B. Interiors to feature in aprivate residence !

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Sophisticated Apartment in Brisbane Featuring Marble Interiors and a Private Pool

Riverfront apartments that also have a sophisticated yet comfortable aura are hard to find. This is why this Judy Goodger’s high-end Brisbane Riverside apartment is so special. It inspires through a calm interior design accentuated with glistening cream and black marble bench tops and banks of storage that continue the design lines into the living area. The kitchen can be found right in the middle of the apartment and is equipped with European appliances; it can gather family and friends for a drink before moving on to dinner. Large sliding doors create a valuable connection to the surroundings but also offer as much quiet moments as needed. The master bedroom suite pampers you with its own deck access and a lovely walk-in closet. An expansive outdoor entertaining deck sets the mood for swimming in the private pool and expands the inhabitant’s horizon with a fantastic river view. Isn’t this a dreamy place to live?

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