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Beyond slab size: The Finer Details of Interior Stone

Oct 20, 2023

The Finer Detail of Interiors Stone: Beyond slab size – finding the true elegance of a natural stone interior

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A dramatic pattern with a book matched marble bathroom project.

Book matched marble can give a striking finish to any stone interiors project.

With the logistics of interior stone, issues such as available slab size and on-site manoeuvrability loom large for interior stone companies – and that’s not accounting for how a large and weighty final installation will affect the structural integrity of the build around it. However, look beyond these and the route to achieving a client’s vision is marked out by a far wider range of details and specific responses to a project.

Consulting an interiors specialist stonemason at the earliest design stage, before the concept is settled, can bring the client closer to the natural stone aspect of their project. It can also open up a series of techniques for statement finishes to match or even develop their outlook and ambition.



Book-matching, mitring and laminating in natural stone

For a sense of scale, drama and elegance, planning a book-matched marble interior for a bathroom or kitchen backsplash can transform a series of joins into a key aspect of a marble installation rather than a potential point of limitation. In addition, every book matched pattern is unique, giving the client their own statement finish. Likewise, planning in laminated or mitred joins can help present a sense of weight, thickness and scale to a design where a straightforward installation may be otherwise impossible due to structural or spatial issues for example.

Cutting a book matched pattern with a CNC circular saw for a marble stone interior. Its a precision job with stunning results.

Cutting a book matched pattern with a CNC circular saw for a marble stone interior. Its a precision job with stunning results.

Taking on board these and other design techniques and details right at the concept stage of a project means understanding the nature of a client’s expectations. It’s always best to work through a sampling, selection and design process with the client alongside their contractor.

Very often initial assumptions are based on misconceptions and once a true understanding of what is possible with an interior stone project becomes clear, their ideas can develop quite rapidly in alignment with what’s practical and possible for their project.

A mitred join on a marble table

Mitred joins for two smaller pieces of marble can help give the impression of far larger stone installation.


Stonemasons as interior stone project consultants

Choosing a stonemason who fully understands the natural beauty and aesthetics of stone, its limitations and opportunities is essential and can bring about stunning finishes through skilful deployment, cutting and a keen eye on planning rather than the scale of a slab or block, maxing out the cutting table in the desire to prove drama and scale.

From the warm patterning of sandstone pool surrounds through to cutting of stone for a Moleanos limestone staircase or a Carrara marble bathroom, a skilled stonemasonry company can open up the widest range of solutions and options and integrate them effectively into the overall project build, and make sure the natural stone used becomes a key part of the styling and specifications and installation from day one.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does book-matching enhance the elegance of natural stone interiors? Book-matching marble offers a distinctive and dramatic pattern, transforming joins into a striking feature of the installation. This technique, especially in bathrooms or kitchens, results in a unique statement finish that elevates the entire project, showcasing the natural beauty of the stone through mirrored patterns.
  2. What are the benefits of consulting an interior specialist stonemason early in the design process? Early consultation allows for a comprehensive exploration of techniques like book-matching, mitring, and laminating, which can address structural or spatial challenges. It brings the client’s vision closer to reality by expanding the possibilities for their project beyond initial assumptions, ensuring the natural stone aspect aligns with their expectations and ambitions.
  3. Can advanced stone cutting techniques, like CNC, impact the final aesthetic of a project? Precision cutting with tools like CNC circular saws is pivotal for achieving stunning results in natural stone interiors. This high level of accuracy is essential for techniques like book-matching, where the alignment of patterns plays a crucial role in the visual impact of the stone.
  4. How do mitred joins contribute to the perceived scale and elegance of stone installations? Mitred joins can create the illusion of larger stone pieces by seamlessly connecting smaller slabs. This technique is particularly effective in enhancing the perceived weight and thickness of stone installations, contributing to a more grandiose and elegant design.
  5. Why is the selection of a skilled stonemasonry company critical for an interior stone project? A stonemasonry company with deep knowledge of stone’s natural aesthetics, limitations, and possibilities can unlock a broader range of design solutions. Their expertise ensures the stone is not just an addition but a central feature of the design, skilfully integrated from the start to complement the overall project build and achieve exceptional finishes.