At the height of our consumer binge (not so long ago), marble and granite seemed to be on every homeowner’s wish list. Ubiquitous in high-end housing, marble and granite require a lot of energy to produce and transport and require constant maintenance. And, according to the designers and contractors who participated in this week’s eLocal Blog-off, they’ve lost their luster. Marble and granite are the top two design mistakes cited in “5 Design Mistakes to Avoid Making in Your Home,” a compilation of answers to this week’s blog-off.
The experts say: Don’t use marble; it chips and stains and isn’t as durable as people think. Granite, which must be imported from far away, often needs to be resealed annually.
May we suggest: Check out Natural Home & Garden’s Resource Guide for environmentally friendly countertops made from recycled, reclaimed or natural materials. My personal favorite is Icestone, a composite made from 100 percent recycled glass.
Photo courtesy of Icestone
The experts say: People are afraid of using color, and they fall into a “safe” dull color palette that can become oppressive. Take a risk with some brights and whites.
May we suggest: Check out the deep, rich no-VOC turquoise hues from Olympic Paint that former Natural Home & Garden associate editor Kim Wallace chose for her living room. Healthy paint comes in every color! If that leaves you confused, check out Rebecca Taksel’s excellent article, “5 Steps to a Perfect Pallette.”
Olympic offers a wide array of rich colors. Photo by Kim Wallace
Former Natural Home & Garden associate editor Kim Wallace narrowed her choices to these four turquoise hues. Photo by Kim Wallace