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    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.

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