An increased use of natural materials, including natural stone, is predicted to be a big trend for kitchens this year. But how can you add stone effect features to your kitchen? And what are the advantages of this? Well, here at Homematas, we are Preston’s leading kitchen design professionals. And this is our guide to everything you should know about using natural stone, and stone effect, features in the kitchen.
Natural stone, or stone effect?
One of the first things to consider is whether or not to use real, natural stone. Granite, slate, and marble are all examples of natural stone that can be sued for floor tiling, and kitchen worktops. These can create a stunning visual effect. However, they are also high maintenance, requiring a particular level of sealing and waterproofing to stay safe and protected in the high risk kitchen environment.
Stone effect materials including stone effect tiles, quartz worktops, and even some solid surfaces, can be used instead, to create the same visual appeal, without the maintenance.
How to add stone effect features to your kitchen
To add stone effect features to your kitchen you should consider:
- Adding stone effect tiles- these can be used effectively for floor or wall tiling, or both. With a range of colour options available, from grey to beige and cream, you can choose a colour and a tiling option to suit your kitchen. You can also choose different tiling shapes for a more interesting, stylish finish, including hexagonal stone effect tiles.
- Stone or stone effect worktops- the kitchen worktop is usually a key visual feature for any kitchen. This can be made from stone, or stone effect materials. Choose a colour that will suit your style, and your kitchen colour scheme. Stone effect waterfall worktops can also be visually impressive.
- Accessorize- slate place-mats or natural stone chopping boards can be a great way to add a hint of the natural to your kitchen. You could also consider stone effect shelving units.
For more information or advice about your new kitchen, take a look at what we can offer online and in-store today, here at Homematas.