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.
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.
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.
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:
Because it’s not recommended for kitchens, it’s often found on less-used bars:
Onyx has made its way into bathrooms, too.
An onyx sink is gorgeous and not as costly as a larger-scale project:
But those large-scale projects are simply incredible. Onyx on the counter, vanity, wall or shower makes for a show-stopping bathroom:
If onyx is not in your budget but you’ve fallen in love with it, see if you can squeeze in a reasonably-priced onyx light fixture. The material lends itself to it, and it won’t cost you as much!
But if you can afford it (lucky!), 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:
For less expense with a similar effect, there’s onyx-inspired decor in other materials (like glass or faux onyx tile or panels):
Where’s the onyx in your dream home?