For the second part of my natural stone series, I want to discuss onyx, which is a gorgeous stone that can take your design project to the next level. Adding onyx to backsplashes, built-in wall cabinets, bathroom or kitchen countertops, staircases, and fireplaces allows the stone to act as a decorative piece of art.
Onyx is a translucent stone; if you hold a piece of it up to the light, you can see shapes and shadows through it. In conjunction with great lighting, onyx can give your kitchen that extra pop that will make a statement. Editors and designers alike have predicted that black and white kitchens will be one of the hottest trends of 2017. Onyx is the prefect to stone incorporate into this trend as it is exotic and can add a special pop of color and high-design to any black and white space.
The art of Feng Shui, a hot design trend which has been popular for over 10 years, tells us that onyx attracts positive energy, protects the home, and wards away negativity. As such, many hotels utilize onyx in design to highlight lobbies, bar areas, and bathrooms for an inviting and comfortable atmosphere.
Not only does onyx have abstract characteristics, but it also has many palpable physical characteristics. Onyx is a naturally occurring product, with qualities that contribute to sustainable building goals, because it comes directly from the earth, is readily available, and will stand the test of time when cared for properly. Homeowners can trust that when they invest in natural stone, the material can last a lifetime.
One of the greatest resources I have found—and in fact, has inspired my series on natural stone—is usenaturalstone.com. This site is a portal of information provided by MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute for designers, homeowners, and architects to understand the value of using natural stone in interior and exterior applications.
Interested in using onyx in your next design project? Check out usenaturalstone.com for more info. Part three of my natural stone series will be coming up soon. Check back to explore sandstone, and the best ways to use this unique stone in outdoor living designs.