Semi-Precious Stone Countertops Add Impact

I’ve always loved using stone in my designs, and now more than ever, employing exquisite and rare specimens in interesting and surprising ways helps ensure your interior is exceptional and unique while also reflecting your personal style.

Like most building materials, semi-precious stone can be used in a variety of ways to create varying effects. Some types of stone are all about drama and delivering a striking visual impact. For example, this gorgeous deep blue Dumortierite, employed for both the vanity top and the floor in this powder room, never fails to get noticed —in the very best way, of course! — and lends a luxurious, exotic feel to the space.

A central island topped with gorgeous slabs of illuminated Agate Quartz provides the centerpiece for this award-winning kitchen in the home of a busy family with three children. You might think that only the adults appreciate a fine fixture like this, but in fact, the under-lit Agate looks like something out of the Museum of Natural History and the children love hunting for fossils while mom is cooking.

At the other end of the spectrum, stone can also be used in a more restrained, and subtle way while maintaining a similar sense of luxury. Up close, exceptional, fine details become apparent: the marble is a single slab of fine Calacatta Gold; the backsplash features a curved cut that provides texture, and to the left and right of the sink, thin grooves cut into the stone enable water to drain easily from the workspace. Subtle and refined, but no less special than a powerhouse cut of stone! It’s all about sensibility.

I love to incorporate white onyx into my designs because it casts a subtle hint of luxury, as it does here, used as an understated and elegant base for this cabinet.

Here are Bob and I with a gorgeous slab of champagne Quartzite; it’s so difficult to find a slab this huge that’s perfectly consistent. Imagine this as a central element in a kitchen: Stunning! (Needless to say, I snapped it up in a heartbeat!)

As you can see from all of these examples, when it comes to selecting a fine stone material, the options, while not infinite, are certainly vast!

I find that far too often, materials like wood and stone are seen as mere building blocks enlisted in service of the kitchen’s “grand design”. To me, the stone itself is a key element in the kitchen, and selecting the right one (and using it effectively), is a surefire way to create an unforgettable space.


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