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When you walk into a home or an apartment, the first living space that greets you is usually the kitchen. It’s never far away from the action and it sets the tone for the whole home, so naturally, this is where you want to make the biggest impact.  

Pacific Stone’s Murray Davies says a stone kitchen top is the key to creating that first impression.  

“People gravitate towards a stone kitchen top and run their hand along it – it’s that’ first ‘wow’ factor – you could almost put some money on it that that’s what visitors will do if there’s a stone top.”

It’s the same in commercial spaces: whether it’s a rest home unit, hotel or café, the kitchen top subtly suggests the level of finish in the rest of the space, so it’s crucial to invest in quality.

When you walk into a home or an apartment, the first living space that greets you is usually the kitchen. It’s never far away from the action and it sets the tone for the whole home, so naturally, this is where you want to make the biggest impact.  

Pacific Stone’s Murray Davies says a stone kitchen top is the key to creating that first impression.  

“People gravitate towards a stone kitchen top and run their hand along it – it’s that’ first ‘wow’ factor – you could almost put some money on it that that’s what visitors will do if there’s a stone top.”

It’s the same in commercial spaces: whether it’s a rest home unit, hotel or café, the kitchen top subtly suggests the level of finish in the rest of the space, so it’s crucial to invest in quality.

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But choosing a stone top can be daunting, especially when there is so much to know about the quality, density, stain resistance and maintenance of the different types of stone.

This is where pairing with your stone supplier as a design partner can be really helpful. It will mean that the investment you make in your kitchen top gives you the ultimate look, feel and maintenance regime you are after, and complements your entire design.

Murray says it is crucial to consider the stone as part of the whole design concept.

But choosing a stone top can be daunting, especially when there is so much to know about the quality, density, stain resistance and maintenance of the different types of stone.

This is where pairing with your stone supplier as a design partner can be really helpful. It will mean that the investment you make in your kitchen top gives you the ultimate look, feel and maintenance regime you are after, and complements your entire design.

Murray says it is crucial to consider the stone as part of the whole design concept.

“Often when people come in they have designed all the colours of their cabinetry and walls and they are looking for a benchtop to match. They’ll often choose a very stark white for their cabinets, which can be very difficult to match to a white stone."

It’s not difficult to change or moderate the colour of the cabinets but of course you can’t change the colour of a stone. Murray says it’s a better idea to choose your stone first, or consider it alongside other samples.

“We recommend that when you’ve made your decisions, bring all your samples in and make sure it’s going to all work together.”

“Often when people come in they have designed all the colours of their cabinetry and walls and they are looking for a benchtop to match. They’ll often choose a very stark white for their cabinets, which can be very difficult to match to a white stone."

It’s not difficult to change or moderate the colour of the cabinets but of course you can’t change the colour of a stone. Murray says it’s a better idea to choose your stone first, or consider it alongside other samples.

“We recommend that when you’ve made your decisions, bring all your samples in and make sure it’s going to all work together.”

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Know your stone

Another aspect of stone choice is whether a stone is fit for purpose; for example, it’s important to know how porous your bench is before making your final selection because it will have a big impact on how you use it.

“Marble has some great grains running through it but it’s more practical in bathroom spaces; Dekton and porcelain surfaces are friendlier towards heat; some stone designs have a flat finish or honed finish (as opposed to a polish) which requires more cleaning – there are so many options and variables, you need to make sure you get the right advice.”  

For this reason, Pacific Stone supplies a care and maintenance kit with the do's and don’ts of how to maintain each specific stone, so customers know how to maintain their purchase.

Bespoke solutions

With stone suppliers in over 40 countries, there is always a solution for clients with an ambitious design idea.

“Our standard turn-around time is around 10 working days for a bench top. If a client has a design request that is a little out of the box, we are able to source slabs from around the world to specifically fill these needs.”

Pacific Stone is currently engaged in a project to fit out 303 rooms in the Hobson Street Hotel in titanium gold granite sourced from Brazil. It’s a dark coloured granite with gold and quartz veins running through it and it’s proving very popular in both commercial and residential spaces as it gives the first impression of opulence and luxury.

“We’ve got huge capability in terms of being able to produce in a relatively short space of time and that’s why we do these large-scale projects such as the hotel at Hobson Street.”

Pacific Stone has a large catalogue of stone slabs to view in their showroom. They highly recommend designers, architects and customers view the stone for themselves because touching and seeing the individual pieces and speaking to knowledgeable stone consultants can give them the design direction they need to achieve that ultimate first impression in their space.

  

Want to know more about making a first impression with stone? Be sure to visit Pacific Stone on ArchiPro today or drop into their Tauranga showroom to learn more.

 

Know your stone

Another aspect of stone choice is whether a stone is fit for purpose; for example, it’s important to know how porous your bench is before making your final selection because it will have a big impact on how you use it.

“Marble has some great grains running through it but it’s more practical in bathroom spaces; Dekton and porcelain surfaces are friendlier towards heat; some stone designs have a flat finish or honed finish (as opposed to a polish) which requires more cleaning – there are so many options and variables, you need to make sure you get the right advice.”  

For this reason, Pacific Stone supplies a care and maintenance kit with the do's and don’ts of how to maintain each specific stone, so customers know how to maintain their purchase.

Bespoke solutions

With stone suppliers in over 40 countries, there is always a solution for clients with an ambitious design idea.

“Our standard turn-around time is around 10 working days for a bench top. If a client has a design request that is a little out of the box, we are able to source slabs from around the world to specifically fill these needs.”

Pacific Stone is currently engaged in a project to fit out 303 rooms in the Hobson Street Hotel in titanium gold granite sourced from Brazil. It’s a dark coloured granite with gold and quartz veins running through it and it’s proving very popular in both commercial and residential spaces as it gives the first impression of opulence and luxury.

“We’ve got huge capability in terms of being able to produce in a relatively short space of time and that’s why we do these large-scale projects such as the hotel at Hobson Street.”

Pacific Stone has a large catalogue of stone slabs to view in their showroom. They highly recommend designers, architects and customers view the stone for themselves because touching and seeing the individual pieces and speaking to knowledgeable stone consultants can give them the design direction they need to achieve that ultimate first impression in their space.

  

Want to know more about making a first impression with stone? Be sure to visit Pacific Stone on ArchiPro today or drop into their Tauranga showroom to learn more.

 

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