If one of the key objectives of your next bathroom or kitchen renovation is finding a point of difference, one option you might like to consider is using Onyx rather than some of the more familiar stone finishes.
If you haven’t come across this material before, Onyx is a form of natural marble that comes in a huge variety of colours and is known for its exotic patterns. It is different from the classic forms of marble that you are more familiar with in that it is more translucent which tends to add extra depth to its layers of colour, and provides opportunities for special lighting effects.
Some people make the mistake of assuming that Onyx only comes in black, but it actually comes in an enormous variety of colours and patterns. You can find Onyx in soft and subtle toning, (such as soft greys and pale greens with subtle patterns), to eye-catching brights with dramatic veining ranging from dramatic reds and greens to monotonal black and white. If you can imagine it, the chances are there’s an Onyx to suit.
In the past, designers tended to use Onyx in selected areas as more of a highlight piece. However, in recent times a growing number of homeowners have used this material as a principal ingredient in their kitchens and bathrooms, in benchtops, splashbacks and in place of tiles in bathrooms walls. It has also been seen in other feature locations like fireplace surrounds and hallway shelves.
If you are considering using Onyx on your benchtops, it’s worth remembering that like the more common forms of marble, periodic polishing and sealing is a smart choice. Keep in mind that being a natural product, acids can eat away at the surface, (like lemon juice or vinegar), so it is also wise to use acid neutralising detergents or chemicals to help protect the surface from staining.
As is always the case with major renovations, the choice to use an exotic material like Onyx needs careful consideration, particularly if you are planning on selling your home in foreseeable future. If you are thinking of making a move, you can always get experienced property advice by calling the Ian Reid team on 9430 0000. You’ll also find plenty of helpful tips in our free booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”, so feel free to download a copy while you’re here.