What if we told you that natural and manufactured stone slabs don’t solely have to be for kitchen worktops? It’s true! Natural materials like Marble and Granite have varying qualities compared to manufactured materials like Quartz and Porcelain. Despite these differences, there are plenty of ways to include these materials around your home. So, are you looking to elevate your interior? This blog will outline four unique ways to use natural and manufactured stone in your home.
We are all familiar with kitchen worktops as the conventional way of bringing decorative stone into your home interior. However, it doesn’t have to be just a worktop… In recent years, kitchen designs have seen a rise in unique waterfall edges, extra-large overhangs, and heightened backsplashes, and the list goes on! Now, with cleverly manufactured material like Silkstone Quartz, the possibilities to enhance your kitchen worktops are truly endless. If you are looking to give your kitchen a facelift, think about creating something that is more than just a worktop, but a work of art!
What if you wanted to incorporate a striking surface into another room of your home? In our last blog, we mentioned that a wide variety of stone is remarkably heat-resistant. So, where can you find a lot of heat? Yes, that’s right, a fireplace! You can clad a fire surround with almost any heat-resistant material, from Marble to Granite to Porcelain. Not only are these surfaces immensely practical for such a unique feature, but there are also plenty of dazzling designs to choose from. Here, Ruby Granite has used Atlas Plan Calacatta Antique to create this stunning fireplace surround. What a way to make an impact!
I said maybe…. you are looking for something a little bolder! A great way to use natural or manufactured stone in your home is through a feature wall. Acrylic stone like Luminyx can be backlit, illuminating the semi-precious stone to create a powerful and unique statement in your home. Alternatively, you can clad a wall using book-matched stone, where slabs are mirrored to match the pattern and veining of the material. Not only can this be achieved from natural stone, but many manufactured materials now offer this option too! Here, Magma Granite Ltd has installed this phenomenal book-matched statement wall using Atlas Plan Calacatta Imperiale, and we are obsessed!
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Since the pandemic, we have begun to appreciate our outdoor spaces much more. Another great way to use natural and manufactured stone in your home is by taking it outdoors. You could design an outdoor BBQ or bar area for the summer, or a fire pit to cosy up to during those colder months. Before you jump in, make sure you choose a material that can resist chemical attacks and colour change, like Atlas Plan, whose chemical and physical stability makes it perfect for outdoor spaces!
So, there you have it – four unique ways to use natural and manufactured stone in your home. We hope that this blog has given you plenty of design ideas for your next renovation. Remember – anything is possible!
If you would like to read more on the benefits of our materials, visit our other blogs here. For any more information, you can now get in touch via the chat option on our home page. Happy designing!