Kenya Black: Design v. Durability
Amid the gloss of cherry-red upper cabinets and charcoal lower cabinets, the highly reflective silver herringbone backsplash, and the warm beige floor tiles, Kenya Black’s flowing, earthy waves of black and multi-tone grey become the visual anchor.
The great thing about Kenya Black is its classic-yet-modern look—swaths of black, white, and grey veining wash across the face of the stone in a pattern that elegantly straddles the line between geometry and nature.
Far from bland, Kenya Black is neutral enough to complement a wide variety of color palettes and design schemes without competing for attention. But it provides more than enough visual interest to stand alone: in a minimalistic setting it would certainly be a conversation piece, and the focal point of the room.
But all that sophistication and versatility comes at a price: Kenya Black is a marble, and like all marbles it can etch when it is exposed to anything acidic. It can also stain if it is improperly cared for. The best way to avoid problems is to maintain it: make sure you wipe up messes as soon as they occur, use a chopping board instead of preparing foods directly on the counter’s surface, and avoid washing with harsh cleaners that remove the stone’s sealant.