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Something a Bit Different: Unusual Stones That You Should Check Out!

So you know you want a stone worktop in your redesigned and refitted kitchen. You’ve chosen stone because you want to exhibit this feature in your new room design. Or perhaps you want your kitchen to reflect your artistic flair and your choice of stone worktop is the ideal part of the room to show this. You may have a very specific concept in mind, or perhaps you want something completely different. When granite, marble and quartz are increasing [...]

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What’s the Best Kitchen Floor for You?

How and why do you choose a kitchen floor? How do you ensure that the materials of your kitchen design complement each other? Your kitchen floor has the power to reflect and reinforce the design choices that you have made, from soft furnishings to stone worktops. So looking at diffusion of light to maintenance demands, we give you a rundown on how to pick the ideal flooring material in your new kitchen. Best for Handleless Cabinets If you have chosen a [...]

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5 Ways to Make Your Refit More Sustainable

More and more consumers are considering the sustainability of their purchasing decisions. Fitting out your home is no different. When planning a kitchen or bathroom refit, the sustainability of the materials plays a part in your choices. This may not be because you are an eco warrior! You may simply want to make the most efficient and durable selections that you can. This makes economic sense after all. It’s often the case, though, that what makes long term economic [...]

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6 Ways to Achieve a Traditional Look With Stone

For those seeking to create a traditional country or shaker style kitchen, stone worktops may not immediately spring to mind. For some, stone is the material of modern and contemporary styles. With its flawless smooth surface and cool texture, granite, marble and quartz do indeed work fantastically well for a modernist or minimalist concept. However, this by no means discounts this material for traditional schemes. So where do you begin to locate the perfect stone for your country kitchen [...]

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A Guide to Stone Maintenance

One of the key benefits of choosing stone for your new kitchen worktop is how little maintenance this material requires. This isn’t to say, however, that your worktop will simply look after itself for decades on end. To keep your quartz, marble or granite surfaces looking as stunning as the day they were fitted, take a few simple and hassle free steps of basic maintenance.  Daily Habits A great routine to establish which will have long lasting benefits for your stone [...]

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Why Stone Works Best for Monochrome Kitchen Schemes

There is a reason that the trend for monochrome kitchens has held up in popularity. It’s modern and clean and the ultimate in flexibility. The concept can emit timeless elegance or funky contemporary style. It may all seem simple – it’s just black and white after all. However, this scheme comes with its own potential pitfalls, many of which come down to material choice and finding the right balance of tones. So why is stone so popular for monochrome [...]

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How to Choose a Family Friendly Worktop

Is the material of your worktop the only thing to consider in ensuring that it is child friendly? Well, unless you’re planning on a foam worktop (which isn’t exactly catching on), this is unlikely. Far more important in whether a worktop is child friendly is how the surface is finished, installed, and utilised. So how can you ensure that you are making family friendly worktop choices? Edges Curved edging to your worktop such as pencil round, or even better full bullnose [...]

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Which Stone Suits Your Life? Take Our Stone Quiz!

If 2019 is your year for a new kitchen, you’ll most likely be turning your thoughts to the potential of stone. For work surfaces and sink surrounds, stone is an extremely popular material. However, the options are extensive and can feel confusing or daunting. So how do you untangle the options and arrive at your ideal stone, in the ideal hue? Take our fun quiz to discover the benefits of different stones and how they might work for you! My kitchen [...]

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Tips for Planning Your January Kitchen Refit

Is 2019 the year for planning your kitchen refit? Maybe you have the work booked and planned and are just counting down the days. Or perhaps it’s simply a target that you want to achieve at some point in the year to come. Whatever stage you’re at, it’s likely that you feel a little underprepared. Your kitchen is the busiest and most functional room in the home so it can be daunting to plan for having it out of [...]

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6 Christmas Treats That Prove the Benefits of a Stone Worktop

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and the most heavy going on your kitchen!  The whole Christmas season basically relies upon food and drink. So it’s a busy time for any kitchen – is yours up to the challenge? If you have chosen a stone worktop in your kitchen then you will find that, yes, you’ll be giving Mary Berry a run for her money. So which Christmas treats are so much more straightforward to prepare with [...]