Fill out the form below to request a quote
Name*
Email*
Contact Number*
Address Line 1*
Address Line 2
Town*
Postcode*
Extra Info

I agree to receiving offers and services by email from Surrey Marble & Granite

I agree to Surrey Marble & Granite Terms & Conditions

Recent Posts

How granite worktops are fitted

05.10.2018
no comments

What is Natural Limestone?

25.09.2018
no comments

Introducing Neolith

14.09.2018
no comments

4 storage ideas that don’t compromise on style

4 storage ideas that don't compromise on style

The mundane clutter of everyday life is not very attractive. Unfortunately, neither are many of the storage options designed to contain it. From boring baskets to ugly plastic boxes, often the items we use to coral and contain the things we use every day are less appealing than even the things themselves.

Working with beautiful stone on a daily basis, at Surrey Marble and Granite we’ve come to believe that storage should be both useful and beautiful, and that it’s entirely possible to create effective storage spaces that are a lovely part of your home. Naturally, we’re most expert on ideas involving stone, so below you’ll find 4 stylish storage tips that use natural or engineered stone in their construction. From thin granite tiles to slabs of Arena stone, every idea has its place.

#1. Create a hidden panel

Stone feature walls are a hot trend, and many of the most stylish bathrooms are using stone set out from the wall with lighting partially obscured behind it. There’s no reason this space should be wasted though. By building on a cupboard base, you can use Arena stone or perhaps granite tiles to create a towel cupboard that’s also a statement wall.

#2. Use off cuts to create unique shelves

No one orders a marble counter top that’s exactly the size and shape of an uncut slab. Factor in shaping, corners and cut outs for sinks and stoves and most granite companies will have plenty of off cuts to deal with. As each piece of natural stone will be slightly different, they’re a great way to make unique shelves to display your precious belongings. You can either use off cuts from your own project, or go for a mix-and-match approach. Engineered stones, like Arena Stone, are ideal for the eclectic look as there are so many colour choices available.

#3. Turn storage into a feature

A kitchen without any cupboards would be useless but few people would choose to use ugly storage, like tatty cardboard boxes. By choosing elegant cabinet doors and a beautiful stone worktop, storage is transformed from a necessity into a feature. This attitude can be applied in other parts of the home. The bathroom is a particularly strong candidate, as discrete storage is essential. Designing your own bathroom vanity, with useful drawers and cupboards and an Arena Stone countertop is a great way to add extra storage while also giving your room a focal point.

#4. Put beautiful things in odd spaces

Many people expect that the bespoke carpentry and stonework needed to make full use of the quirkier corners of their home will be outrageously expensive. This is rarely the case. As an example, as stone workers, if we’re cutting and shaping an Arena Stone worktop, there’s typically little difference between the straight edged slab around the sink and the no-two-sides-match quirky corner piece next to it. Installing stone tiles on a stairway windowsill or creating a solid stone countertop in a utility room can transform the space as well as increasing your storage options.

Recommended Articles

As we’re called Surrey Marble and Granite, you may be wondering why we’re talking about wood today. It’s not our area of expertise, but new designs are using wood and stone together in striking ways that we simply have to talk about.

14.12.2016
no comments
Read More

What are the alternatives to granite worktops and to marble worktops? Engineered stone is one of the kinds of worktops that can make a great investment. Engineered or manmade stone may offer more flexibility than other kinds of stone. The additives put into engineered stone include polymers and resins that help the stone to bend under great weights, for example. They may also be more resistant to scratching because of the constituents. There are a variety of resins that can be applied to stone to enable these worktops to be […]

16.04.2012
no comments
Read More

Marble is one of the most beautiful natural stones. Its stunning veining patterns develop through the natural action of water and minerals over time. Each slab is unique, and each slice off a slab has its own distinct variations. This means that when you use marble as a design feature, you are truly creating something no one else can replicate.

11.02.2015
no comments
Read More