ONYX

Onyx Interior Design creates inspired design concepts and lifestyle choices for home.

The word onyx is a Greek word that means a claw nail or human fingernail.  The legend is that while Venus slept, Cupid clipped her fingernails and left the cutting scattered on the ground around her.

Since Venus was a goddess, she would never succumb to death because none of her body could die.  So the gods turned the nail clippings into the stone which later became known as onyx.

Onyx Worktops I
If you’re in to incorporating a worktop that displays beauty that is translucent, then you’ll definitely love the appearance that Onyx worktops can give your home

It comes in a variety of natural yet stunning colors and always consist of unique patterns that you might have a hard time finding in another material. Sure, it can be difficult to clean and maintain at times, but because it is much softer that stone types such as granite, you can expect scratches, dullness and etching to occur. Many would consider this a small price to pay for the beauty that this wonderful stone counter top offers.

Onyx is made up of dissolved limestone and because it is a calcareous stone, it has been known to absorb more liquid and easily display its imperfections. Because it is harder to maintain, most homeowners use it as a decorative item or in areas where high traffic is not a problem. One thing that can help you preserve the beauty of an onyx is to apply sealant that protects it from dulling, etching and staining. You can have this done by an expert after it has been installed but right before you use it.

Believe it or not, quality sealant can help it last a long time and add a look to your home that you’ve always dreamed of. Also, avoid using vinegar, fruit juice, wine and other ingredients that are acidic on your worktop because they can leave stains that eventually become permanent. Onyx material gives off more light than most other natural stones because of its luminous quality which can make it difficult to hide any of its flaws. However, by following some cleaning tips, you can decrease the chances of these flaws appearing in the first place.

Use a non-acidic cleaner and a soft cloth to give your worktop more shine which will take most of the attention off of any stains or scratches. Spray the cleaner onto the rag rather than the actual material and then wipe it down. This will keep the cleaner from being absorbed into the stone. Allowing this to happen could cause some serious damage to your worktop, so be sure to wipe up moisture that is left behind.

If you’ll be using your worktop for preparing meals including slicing and dicing, consider using a cutting board than cutting your food directly on the worktop. This material will easily scratch if precautionary measures are not taken. By following these simple steps, you can make your luxurious onyx worktops last as long as you’d like it to.]

Onyx Worktops II
Onyx applies itself to all interior design challenges, including everything from one room renovation to major house developments.  It has excellent uses.  Most often as a fireplace surround, bar top, or as a small island as it transmits light.  Careful consideration is required when using onyx at your residential area.  Think of your own lifestyle and conditions before purchase onyx as a counter top surface or a bar top.

Other uses further include wall cladding, light duty home floors, sinks base, and tables.

If you’re in to incorporating a worktop that displays beauty that is translucent, then you’ll definitely love the appearance that Onyx worktops can give your home. It comes in a variety of natural yet stunning colours and always consist of unique patterns that you might have a hard time finding in another material. Sure, it can be difficult to clean and maintain at times, but because it is much softer that stone types such as granite, you can expect scratches, dullness and etching to occur. Many would consider this a small price to pay for the beauty that this wonderful stone counter top offers.

Onyx is made up of dissolved limestone and because it is a calcareous stone, it has been known to absorb more liquid and easily display its imperfections. Because it is harder to maintain, most homeowners use it as a decorative item or in areas where high traffic is not a problem. One thing that can help you preserve the beauty of an onyx is to apply sealant that protects it from dulling, etching and staining. You can have this done by an expert after it has been installed but right before you use it.

Believe it or not, quality sealant can help it last a long time and add a look to your home that you’ve always dreamed of. Also, avoid using vinegar, fruit juice, wine and other ingredients that are acidic on your worktop because they can leave stains that eventually become permanent. Onyx material gives off more light than most other natural stones because of its luminous quality which can make it difficult to hide any of its flaws. However, by following some cleaning tips, you can decrease the chances of these flaws appearing in the first place.

Use a non-acidic cleaner and a soft cloth to give your worktop more shine which will take most of the attention off of any stains or scratches. Spray the cleaner onto the rag rather than the actual material and then wipe it down. This will keep the cleaner from being absorbed into the stone. Allowing this to happen could cause some serious damage to your worktop, so be sure to wipe up moisture that is left behind.

If you’ll be using your worktop for preparing meals including slicing and dicing, consider using a cutting board than cutting your food directly on the worktop. This material will easily scratch if precautionary measures are not taken. By following these simple steps, you can make your luxurious onyx worktops last as long as you’d like it to.

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