Prized for its exotic and translucent qualities, Onyx is a beautiful natural stone that brings a sense of elegance and sophistication to any project. When viewed under natural light, onyx has a dimensional and effervescent appearance that has made it a popular choice in the trade and design community. These same qualities are transformed when backlit. Depending on the spectrum of the backlighting source, the colors in onyx may appear warmer and more vibrant; Illumination reveals the subtle details of the complex patterning found in these extraordinary stones.

 

Onyx Slab Backlit Onyx slab
Onyx Slab Same Onyx Slab - This time with back lighting

 

Oftentimes backlit onyx is used on vertical installations, such as a wall feature, room dividers or fireplaces. Another use is as countertops. This type of application allows you to get up-close and personal with the stone to see the breathtaking effects of this lighting technique.

 

Backlit Onyx Black Cloud Backlit Onyx Countertop
Backlit Onyx Black Cloud - Project by B + G Design Backlit Onyx Countertop

 

There are many factors to consider when incorporating a backlit onyx project into your design; so consider the following tips when showcasing the natural beauty of onyx:

 

 

 

When backlit, the veining and texture of your onyx will intensify. So depending on how vibrant the veining or complex the movement, the result can be warm and inviting or a dramatic showstopper.

 

 Backlit Onyx Slab

 

Don’t be afraid of white onyx. Prone to hot and cold spots when backlit, this distinguishing feature can be just the WOW factor you are looking for; the perfect combination of subtle and dramatic.

 

Backlit White Onyx

Project by Pepe Calderin Designs

 

Backlit White Onyx- Project by Pepe Calderin Designs

 

 

Carefully choose your backlighting source. Make sure your lighting is bright enough to illuminate the onyx and the color temperature is right for your project.   We recommend LumiSheet LED Light Panel.  Available in a number of standard and custom sizes, this state of the art product boasts high brightness, low power consumption and a superior consistent light quality.

 

Shown right: White Onyx LumiSheet LED Panel in a bright white and warm color temperature.

 

LumiSheet LED Light Panel

 

Consider using booked matched slabs. Book matching allows for a continuous flow of veining and movement from the seam line.

 

Book Matched Baclit White Onyx. 

Project by Pepe Calderin Designs

Book Matched Backlit White Onyx - Project by Pepe Calderin Designs

 

Marble of the World has an extensive inventory of first quality and exotic Onyx slabs. Please visit our online Onyx Gallery to find the Onyx slab just right for your project. If you have any questions, please call our knowledgeable sales staff.