5 Kitchen Design Tips
By Three Birds Renovations,Thursday, December 01, 2016
With our most recent reno, we tossed and turned about whether or not to take a risk with a green kitchen but in the end, it turned out even better than we’d imagined. The muted sage colour made the whole room feel serene and worked beautifully with Caesarstone® Statuario Nuvo™.
"We took extra care when deciding how best to utilise the Caesarstone in this kitchen and a few key choices made all the difference." - Three Birds Renovations
Firstly, we knew we couldn’t afford real marble, so Caesarstone was an obvious alternative. It has all the durable benefits of quartz but can look just like natural stone. So we made the all-important trip out to the Alexandria Showroom to eyeball the latest colours and see them on a grand scale. It makes such a difference to see large pieces of the stone, rather than a small sample square or online image. We knew we wanted to choose a white-based stone which looked like marble. Easier said than done with so many gorgeous options like the new colours Statuario Maximus™ and White Attica™ or the original Calacatta Nuvo™. It was Statuario Nuvo™ that eventually won our vote as its white base was a bit creamier than the others which we felt would work in harmony with the green cabinetry. We also fell in love with the dark veining throughout.
If you thought Caesarstone was just for benchtops, think again. We worked closely with our kitchen company, Carrera By Design, and stone masons, Architectural Stone Concepts to continue the Statuario Nuvo™ up the splashback to create a floating shelf which we wrapped the stone around for a seamless finish. We also used Statuario Maximus™ on the bathroom vanities and in previous houses we’ve added stone to external serveries, dressing tables and study nooks.
We hear that ultra-thin stone is the next big thing coming out of Milan, but we still love the chunky look so went with 60mm thick Caesarstone in both the kitchen and bathrooms at House 5. Slabs are usually 20mm thick so it’s more cost effective if you install 20mm thick benchtops. But if you’re after something more substantial, your stone mason will fabricate slabs together to increase their thickness to 40-60-80mm and even thicker. And don’t forget to choose how you want the edges to look. It’s hard to go past a mitred edge for a clean and flawless finish.
Continuous Vein Matching
It’s important to consider the vein placement when designing your kitchen or Caesarstone application, make sure you discuss this point with your kitchen and stone installers so that they go to the extra effort of cutting the stone in the right place to allow the vein to look as if it is continuous especially when it wraps around different angles.
And lastly, if you want your sink to be invisible, choose an under-mount one like we did. The stone is precision- cut to fit the dimensions of your sink and is one of the most seamless finishes you can choose.
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