With all the cutting, cooking, stains and everyday use a kitchen handles, they need to be durable. And what better to resist the test of time than something as solid and low-maintenance as natural stone and rock? With plenty of options available to cater for different styles, colours and benefits. With so many different ways to incorporate the smooth classy look of natural stone, check out our favourite ways.
The obvious choice to make use of stone is on the kitchen worktops. With the high-gloss finish that normally accompanies the likes of granite and quartz; stone can create a sleek and high-end look that plays to a modern atmosphere. Each with their own benefits, like quartz, never needing to be sealed due to its non-porous nature meaning bacteria and stains can’t stick. Whereas granite is super resistant to heat, meaning you can put hot pans down without the worry of damaging the worktops. Granite & quartz are only two options available, but worktops can be made from marble (for a more classic and traditional look), Silestone and more!
Cooking can get messy, it’s no secret, so you need to protect your walls from splashes and stains in the messiest of areas like above the hob and sink. Whilst something so simple might not often make an appearance in your dream kitchen, making splashbacks out of stones can dramatically improve the look of your kitchen. Beyond creating your splashback out of the same material as your worktop for a seamless finish, there are a wealth of other options available. Local stone is a popular choice for the kitchens chasing a more rural feel and can help create a nice blend between worktop and wall. Slate, soapstone, marble and even exposed brickwork can help maintain a protective border between worktop and wall as well as adding a bit of extra detail to tie your kitchen together.
Stone floors are always a good choice in kitchens. Naturally hard-wearing and easy to clean, they are practical in every way and look great in any kitchen. With protection against dirt from muddy footprints or paws and spills, so your floor stays clean. With a huge variety of stone used as flooring, there is a variety of colours to choose from so it never looks out of place. For darker flooring, rocks like slate and granite can provide a more subdued tone to compliment your kitchen’s colour scheme. If you want something a bit lighter then there are options like limestone and marble to bring the light into the kitchen.
Common amongst kitchens designed around a rural theme, farmhouse sinks and stone basins are becoming increasingly popular due to their unconventional appearance that can act as a focal point in the kitchen's design. Marble, granite and types of ceramic are all great choices with a diverse effect on the look and feel of the rest of the kitchen.
Posted on: 4th October 2018
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