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An interview with one of our natural stone experts

We sit down for a chat with one of The Stone Gallery's natural stone experts, Deanne Webb:

Which natural stone is your personal favourite and why?

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I love all different types of natural stone – each one has its own unique character and beauty, not to mention the fascinating geological processes which actually created it.  I would have to say limestone is my favourite – because of the sheer colour choice and variation of textures it offers – it is really versatile and can be used in homes which range from modern in style to Victorian houses or more rustic and cottage-y properties.

In the world of natural stone, what is popular at the moment?

We have a lot of clients opting for limestone – it seems to be really popular for all the reasons I mentioned before. Many people come into our showroom with a glossy interior magazine as their inspiration – they're looking to achieve that stylish and sought-after look in their own homes.

We have seen clients choose limestone for many different eras of home, interior style and room: from living rooms in cottages to really cutting edge and contemporary kitchens. It can look traditional or be given a modern twist.

Do you have any stone trend predictions for next year?

Well, building on the trends we've seen this year, I'd say that shades of grey and darker colours will continue to be popular – slate is rustic and has a real array of dramatic colours.  Whereas, before, natural stone in more neutral shades of cream and beige dominated the scene.

What is the best natural stone for a bathroom?

The bathroom is a room which doesn't necessarily demand high durability, in terms of footfall, and so I always think that marble looks elegant and classic – yet it can also be modern when used with a squared edge. Feature walls behind a bath, shower or twin sinks are really popular, too. In bathrooms, pairing natural stone with underfloor heating helps surface water to evaporate – we can also recommend textured anti-slip products for bathrooms.

What is the best stone for a kitchen?

Again, limestone is really popular – and travertine is also a good entry-level natural stone for price and is far more affordable than people might think. Opus – our random sized tile of 4 differing sizes – flows nicely through open plan ground areas.

Beyond floors, are you seeing any interesting requests or uses for natural stone?

We have recently supplied a local pub with rustic slate flooring and several high-end restaurants have opted for sleek marble counter tops.

In the residential arena, feature walls are increasingly popular and our clients are using natural stone to stand out in kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms and hallways.  Stone is also returning as the product of choice for fireplaces – as well as adding texture and visual interest to centre pieces. Natural stone is a classic material that is timeless and stylish – with the correct maintenance it is durable and a sound investment.  

The Stone Gallery – experts in quality natural stone flooring

For natural stone flooring please visit our Camberley showroom to see our comprehensive range of flooring and tiles, or call us on 01276 691 501 – our knowledgeable team is on hand to ensure that you find just the right stone for your project.

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