Anybody into interior design or simply love shopping for furniture will surely know that marble has been, and will probably always be, one of the most popular materials. Many like incorporating it into countertops and tabletops such as the dining or console table, thanks to its beautiful aesthetic.
However, choosing a marble console table is not a one size fits all solution just because it is highly sought-after. There are pros and cons of this natural stone so it is advisable to weigh your options before committing.
Here is what you need to know about marble tabletops to help you make informed decisions.
What is marble?
First and foremost, marble is a natural stone formed from the re-crystallisation of limestone under intense pressure and high temperatures – producing a result of veining and gorgeous colours that marble is known for. It can be found all over the world, in countries such as Italy, China and Spain.
Pros of marble tabletops
Marble is a cult-favourite material for dining and console tables due to a few reasons.
You will never find two slabs of marble with the exact same veins and patterns. They may have the same basic colour but upon closer inspection, you will surely notice its differences. Hence, it is not going to be a challenge standing out from the crowd with marble, even if you got the same furniture as someone else!
Resistant to heat
Marble is also resistant to heat which explains why it is the preferred choice for kitchen countertops. On the other hand, placing a hot pan right from the stove may cause discolouration so this is something to take note of.
Apart from functionality, marble is also extremely versatile – one of the reasons why it is favoured. It comes in a variety of colours from dark hues to neutral shades and finishings ranging from polished for a glossy look to honed for a matte outlook. So regardless of your interior design, you will still be able to find something that will fit right in perfectly.
Cons of marble tabletops
As with any other material, marble has its cons too.
Susceptible to stains
Although most marble tabletops come with a layer of sealant to protect them from stains, it does not mean they are entirely stain-resistant. Marble is a porous natural stone and staining agents such as red wine and oil can seep deep down and will be hard to reverse. A sealant will prevent it from immediately seeping in but quick removal is required too. Fortunately, if you are using a marble console table that will be placed away from staining agents, then you will not have to worry too much.
Marble can be durable but it requires proper upkeep to extend its lifespan. For instance, applying a sealant once or twice a year can help to repel stains and cleaning with a non-abrasive cloth will retain its shine. With maintenance, marble is a great material for all types of tables including console tables.
Make sure to take your lifestyle habits into consideration when deciding whether to get furniture with a marble tabletop. But if you have already made up your mind, consider our Marble Console Table and choose from a range of frame colours to match any room.
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