Our Take on the Highly-Debated Fantasy Brown Stone

Fantasy Brown is among the most misrepresented most popular natural stone surfaces for kitchen countertops in the US. It gets lumped into so many categories that it can become frustrating, especially for those who like to research before spending thousands of dollars on a stone slab.

To give a little perspective on the confusion around Fantasy Brown, here is a sampling of the labels we came across from different sellers after a quick Google search: fantasy brown granite, quartzite, marble, serpentine, dolomite, somewhere between marble and granite, dolomitic marble, soft quartzite.

Regardless, Fantasy Brown is in significant demand all over the globe. It has the elegant look of brown marble, often with the durability of granite. There's no debate that it's more resistant to etching, scratching, and staining than typical marble – usually.

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Fantasy Brown Kitchen Countertop

Is Fantasy Brown a good choice for the kitchen?

Fantasy Brown Countertops are an excellent option for kitchen countertops. They are very durable stone that is also very budget-friendly. Instead of a typical black countertop kitchen, a fantasy brown is a good option.

Fantasy Brown is also a very neutral countertop that looks amazing, with white cabinets, wood cabinets, and various natural wood tones. It is one of the better soft natural stones for kitchen countertops. They are the hardest marble stones on the market, making them very popular for customers who want a marble look. But want something other than the soft characteristics of most marble products. It also brings a contemporary kitchen look and will surely be the kitchen's focal point.

Is Fantasy Brown Durable?

Here's how stone durability typically stacks up. Quartzite is usually the hardest, most durable stone, followed by granite and elegant but fussy marble. Quartzite is a sedimentary stone made up primarily of quartz. As it gets compressed deep beneath the surface of the earth, all the quartz particles fuse to become extremely rugged quartzite and bring a lot of colors and patterns.

Different minerals present at the time granite is formed account for the large variety of granite available worldwide. Granite is an igneous stone formed from molten rock, typically quartz. Marble is also a sedimentary rock formed from limestone, which becomes calcite when compressed by heat and pressure.

Fantasy Brown, quarried in the Northern India region of Rajasthan, is technically a sedimentary stone. Technically, it is a combination of marble and quartzite.

According to the Natural Stone Institute, Fantasy Brown is made of layers of marble and quartzite that have been fused over time. It is, therefore, erroneous to call it granite and quartz.

The look and feel of Fantasy Brown are reminiscent of marble, but with brown and sandy hues, instead of gray. Picture the traditional gray marble and imagine waves of tawny desert sand and undulations of cream in a backdrop of off-white.

The Natural Stone Institute recommends treating Fantasy Brown like marble to be safe. But that's only sometimes necessary.

The best bet is to do an acid test on the stone to see if the slab you're about to buy is soft like marble or hard like quartzite. If it's quartzite, it won't leave a mark or etch; if it's marble, it will. Find a small, inconspicuous area of stone and place a little lemon juice on it.

In most cases, though, Fantasy Brown is more durable than its marble counterparts. That's probably why the stone could be more apparent to people. Buyers need to do their homework to find out if the slab they are buying came from one of the layers of marble-like rock or stone akin to quartzite.

Fantasy Brown Countertop Care

Even if the Fantasy Brown you're buying is closer to marble than quartzite, it is still worth the investment. First, marble is likely less soft than it is, even if it etches with the acid test. Most granite countertops, for instance, will etch. Only hard quartzite will not.

And even if the Fantasy Brown is as soft as a typical marble, know that marble takes a little more care than granite or quartzite, both natural stones. Marble has some advantages, too – such as heat resistance and cool temperature retention.

No matter what stone you buy, ensure you or your fabricator seal it properly after the countertop installation! Fabricators use different techniques to seal soft stones, such as marble, versus harder stones, like quartzite. If the acid test shows the stone to be closer to marble, ask your fabricator to seal it like marble.

Also, as a general rule for any natural stone surface, ensure to avoid leaving acids on the material's surface at any time. If you mess with vinegar, lemon juice, vodka, tomato sauce, or any other acidic ingredient, wipe it up immediately, and you won't have a problem. Granite, though harder than marble, can etch too. Essentially, you should care for Fantasy Brown like any granite or marble.

Fantasy brown marble in interior design

Fantasy brown marble has been increasingly chosen for indoor modern kitchen in recent years. Its remarkable chromatic peculiarities and technical features go along with solutions such as a Fantasy brown marble bathroom (in particular sinks and shower trays) and a Fantasy brown marble kitchen (for instance, countertops, backsplashes, and flooring). As per the finishes, there are several possibilities, but the typical choices are generally the Fantasy brown brushed marble and the Fantasy brown polished marble as a custom countertop.

As previously said, the Fantasy brown marble price per square foot is lower than other marble or quartz countertop varieties making it an exciting interior design solution.

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