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Expert Advice: how to use coloured stone

As we embrace a spectrum of shades, David Mahyari, CEO of natural stone specialists Solid Nature shares some tips

Ever since the influential architect and designer Patricia Urquiola started playing with different coloured marble stone back in 2013, we’ve seen a huge renaissance in coloured marbles and stone being used in public interiors from hotels to stores, so we decided to ask an expert about how we can best apply this to our home homes. David Mahyari, CEO of natural stone specialists Solid Nature, offers some expert insight…

Why do you think coloured stone is back in vogue? It’s currently extremely popular, and we’re seeing an increase in demand. It’s the unique, natural striations that decorate each piece of stone, and rich colour formations that inspire clients to incorporate natural stone into their environments. There is an allure to being able to access these beautiful materials sourced from places around the world including South America, the Middle East, Canada and the US.

It’s also seen as a timeless, luxurious material thanks to its versatility and availability in a wide spectrum of colours. However, the demand has increased over the last few years because it requires little maintenance. The stone is mainly used as a 2cm-solid thickness and any stains will not penetrate further than half a millimetre In the unlikely event that the stone is stained, it can easily be polished revealing a brand-new surface. Even marble that is over 100 years old can be polished and appear to be in amazing condition.