What Kitchen Designers Need to know about Stone

Stone makes a kitchen look fantastic, it also signifies longevity, permanency and luxury. A kitchen with stone blended into its design is often taken for granted because of  stone’s ease of use.

Because there are many types of natural stones, there are other things to take into consideration when designing your perfect kitchen. A particular stone’s weight and  natural beauty play a factor into where it’s incorporated into a kitchen’s design. Stone usually appears  in three specific locations:

  • Kitchen Walls
  • Kitchen Floor
  • Kitchen Worktops

Each area has it’s own special things to watch out for and kitchen size plays a big part in what type of stone you use.

Stone for walls

Natural stone makes the walls of a kitchen have a rustic feel, depending on the type of stone. Often stone is left unfinished or brushed so that it looks as natural as possible. Stone used for kitchen walls still needs to be sealed and areas that can be prone to staining should be covered with a splashback in addition to the stone itself. Stone for kitchen walls comes in the form of tiles as well as mosaic and dado rail.

Stone for Flooring

Stone is an excellent choice for kitchen flooring. It’s robust, hard working and almost always looks good.  Natural stone is attractive to prospective property buyers meaning it retains it’s value over other types of kitchen flooring.

As a high traffic area you’ll find certain types of natural stone works better than others and again, the stone will need sealing and specialist stone care to maintain it’s natural beauty.

Stone for Worktops

Nothing says luxury more than a highly polished stone worktop. Practical, durable and many stone worktops have unique aesthetic qualities. Granite is one of the most popular when it comes to stone worktops, it’s rough in it’s natural state but when highly polished it looks spectacular. stone worktops can be lit at night and and when sealed; perfect for baking preparation.

All stone in the kitchen should be sealed before use. Stone is not impervious to water and other liquids so therefore it needs to be treated as soon as possible to maintain it’s natural beauty.


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