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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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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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How to Maximise Natural Light Using Stone

In rooms of function such as bathrooms and kitchens, maximising light is a primary concern. For many, a considerable amount of time is spent in a kitchen and what time is spent in a bathroom is focussed on either grooming or relaxation. So it’s not just about the sense of wellbeing that natural light brings. It’s about the clarity of vision and sense of space. So why is stone such a great material for those seeking to maximise natural...

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How Can Stone Increase the Value of Your Home?

Whether or not you plan to move, the value of your home is often a very real concern. Today’s fluctuating economic climate has made consumers increasingly risk-averse and far more likely to take long-term considerations into account. For this reason, when refitting a kitchen or bathroom it makes sense to consider what level of value you are adding to your home. Quality is key here, and the use of stone has many benefits that mean that a room design is...

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Living on the Edge: A guide to stone worktop edging

The devil is in the detail, so they say. This is certainly the case when you are making choices for your kitchen. Perhaps you will spend hours deliberating over whether granite or quartz will be the perfect stone for your kitchen worktop. Or whether your marble sink surround should be brilliantly white or elegantly patterned.  The edge of your surface can sometimes come as an afterthought. However, with due thought and consideration, it can add another dimension of clarity to...

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What’s So Quintessential About Quartz?

It’s easy to see why quartz is such a popular worktop material for both kitchens and bathrooms. It’s virtually indestructible and the massive choice in colour and pattern style makes it easy to fit into a design scheme. What is quartz though and why would you choose it over other materials such as marble or granite? What it is Pure quartz is a natural mineral. Its use is diverse, from jewellery to homeware to electronics. By the mid-twentieth century, synthetic varieties...

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Worktop Maintenance: Seven Top Tips for Stone Upkeep

One of the primary reasons that many customers choose stone for their kitchen worktops and islands is the durability of the material. Whether granite, quartz or marble, a stone surface is a high strength and low maintenance choice for a busy household. However, low maintenance doesn’t necessarily mean zero maintenance. Like anything, stone gives out what you put in, so there are a few key things that you can do to keep your stone worktop looking its best. 1. Sealing...

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What’s So Marvellous About Marble?

Finding the right stone for your home can feel convoluted. With aspects such as appearance and function to consider, and with many stones sharing similar features, how can you be certain that you’ve made the right choice? Looking in more detail at marble and what makes it special, we can identify why it might be the perfect stone for you. Formation Marble is a naturally formed metamorphic rock. It derives from a sedimentary form that manifests as limestone or dolomite. When...

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Stuck in the Middle: 5 ways to use your kitchen island

Choosing to include an island in your kitchen design is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Your worktop and storage space will increase and the centre of the room is a great place to show off a striking stone worktop. Before you set your heart on a dramatic marble centrepiece, though, ensure that you have given thought to how you intend to use the facility. The most effective kitchen islands are those which have a dedicated use. So, once you...

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What’s So Great About Granite?

Here at Zenstone, we think that all stone is fantastic. Each of the varieties of stone worktop that we supply has their own unique appeal and charm. Today we want to talk specifically about granite and sing the praises of that most traditional of domestic stones. Where the popularity of natural stone in home decor remains on the up, granite is seen as a classic. Value Because of its status as an iconic high-end material, you will find that granite worktops...

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