16 Jun 2023
If you plan to build a forever home for your family where you will be living for the rest of your life, investing in a material that will last a lifetime would be a great idea. Some people like to keep their indoor and outdoor living spaces up to date with the latest home trends and then some believe in the marvel of solidity and lasting beauty. If you are the latter, then this blog is for you!
When we talk about glorious and lasting stones, Granite is an option that can’t be ignored. Admired for its dense beauty and exceptional strength, this natural stone can enhance any space with elegance and permanence. From kitchens and bathrooms to outdoor patios and driveways, Granite tiles and pavers can seamlessly transform your vision into a reality.
Let’s explore the versatility of Granite, revealing how it can flawlessly blend various design styles, from contemporary to traditional and everything in between. We'll also dive into the practical aspects, such as maintenance tips and considerations for installation, ensuring that you have a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to add Granite to your home.
Granite is known for its magnificent appeal and solid structure. It comes in various captivating colours ranging from classic blacks and shiny silvers to multichromatic hues of honey, brown and red. Available as tiles, pavers, cobblestones, treads and pool coping, they offer plenty of design possibilities to enhance your spaces. You can mix and match different hues of Granite to create a unique tailored look as per your style and preference.
Raven Black Granite is a rich, black-coloured stone that makes for a stunning and durable driveway. Whereas Carbon Black Granite Stepping Stones create a beautifully bold look when used as walkways and garden paths.
Granite is trusted for its remarkable strength and longevity. It is formed deep underneath the earth's crust in extreme heat and pressure, and this is what gives Granite its outstanding qualities such as resistance to chippings, scratches, heavyweights, heat and stains. Proven for its durability, it is a preferred option in commercial spaces and an ideal choice for heavy-use residential areas such as kitchen countertops, pool decks and outdoor flooring.
Granite tiles and pavers showcase amazing versatility and can be used in a multitude of ways in various areas of your home. When used in the kitchen area, Granite countertops give a lavish look and a functional cooking space, while they bring added safety and a touch of sophistication when used as pool copings.
For the bathroom, Granite tiles add a rich elegance to shower walls and floors, creating a stunning and soothing ambience. Granite pavers can make the most use in outdoor spaces, adding style and durability to patios, backyards, walkways, driveways and fireplace surrounds. Our Sesame Grey Granite looks spectacular when used as stair treads. Its mesmeric ash-grey hues perfectly blend with modern aesthetics.
Owning to its natural durability, Granite requires minimal maintenance to keep its beauty and integrity intact. Routine cleaning with soap and water is sufficient. If the outdoor pavers get dirty, then a pressure washer will do the trick. Apart from that, periodic sealing is important as it helps protect the surface of the stone from stains and weather elements and ensures its longevity. With simple care, Granite tiles and pavers can maintain their lustre and beauty for decades.
The next best thing about Granite, after its durability, is that it can easily fit into various design styles. This opens the possibility to have more than one theme running in your design space. So, if you prefer a minimalist look for your kitchen, a luxurious aesthetic for your patio or a casual outdoor entertaining area, it’s all possible with Granite. Plus, the wide range of colours and patterns available allows you to keep a consistent design theme that seamlessly integrates the different areas and your overall decor.
So, now that we’re all caught up on what makes Granite the ideal choice for use in all living spaces. The question that arises is whether to go for tiles or pavers. To get an answer let’s understand the key difference between the two.
Granite tiles are available in less thickness as compared to pavers and are typically used for interior design applications such as flooring, walling, fireplace and kitchen countertops. Granite pavers are thicker and largely intended for outdoor use such as patios, courtyards, backyards, barbeque areas, walkways, pathways and driveways. Pavers are more durable compared to tiles and are designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the outdoors.
Designing with Granite is an enjoyable experience. You’ll be amazed, by its versatility and aesthetic appeal and the magic it can create in various spaces of your property. Let’s discuss some design ideas you can achieve with Granite pavers and tiles.
Granite pavers can be used in varied eye-catching patterns to create a stunning flooring design for your patio. You can define the space with small-sized pavers while using larger ones for the main seating area. Or you can pick two complementing colours such as light and deep silver pavers to create an interesting layout. In the cool months, you can incorporate a Granite fire pit near your patio to enhance the functionality of the space while providing stunning aesthetics. Create a cohesive look with stylish and comfortable outdoor furniture and radiant cushions for a lively ambience.
Make an impressive impression with a grand front door entrance featuring large format Granite pavers. Use Granite tiles as borders for the pathway heading to your front door and add a contrasting border or pattern for added visual interest. Imagine a shimmery silver pathway complemented with charcoal grey edges with landscaping elements such as large potted plants or attractive lighting fixtures to create a welcoming entryway.
With Granite pavers, you can create a sturdy walking space through a peaceful garden. Irregularly shaped crazy pavers create a more natural and organic look, mirroring the charm of a lush green forest pathway. Another option to consider is creating a classic running bond pattern. Elevate the view with well-placed garden lighting, adding aesthetics and creating a safe walking space.
Granite pavers can create a spectacular and practical pool retreat for you. Granite pool copings will enhance the style quotient while providing a safe and slip-free surface to swimmers. Granite tiles can be used to create a bold and beautiful vibe around the pool deck. Choose light hues if you want to minimise the heat concentration to keep the pool surfaces cool underfoot. Add a contrasting border with a striking colour to enhance the visual appeal. Consider adding pool accessories, umbrellas and lounge chairs to create a complete poolside experience.
There’s no place like the outdoors to chill, relax and party. And if you are someone who loves to call over friends and family then you understand the importance of having a stunning and functional outdoor kitchen area. Granite pavers provide elegant durability to your countertops and backsplash to protect the space from the effects of some serious cooking. They can endure oil, moisture and heat to give you a hassle-free working area.
Stepping stones add a stunning charm to any landscape. No matter the shape, rectangular or random, the impact is impressive. And with Stepping Stones in Granite, the result is next level. Along with beauty, it brings amazing durability to your spaces. Whether you use it as a surface to wander through the garden or place it strategically to connect different areas, the experience you get is divine. To create a surreal vibe, surround the pathway with lush greenery and vibrant plants.
We’ve imagined the many possibilities of using Granite in living spaces. And its low maintenance needs make it more tempting. There are some simple care tips you should follow to keep your Granite surfaces in the best shape.
For routine cleaning, water and mild soap are sufficient to maintain the surface. Use only pH-neutral cleaners and avoid all harsh substances as they can strip the surface and cause damage over time. After cleaning thoroughly don’t forget to dry the surface to and dry the surface to prevent water spots. This is applicable for a smooth finish of Granite.
Never use acidic cleaners on any natural stone surface such as vinegar, lemon juice or baking powder. Harsh cleaners can etch the surface and dull the lustre even on an incredibly durable stone like Granite. Use a cleaner especially made for natural stone.
A sealer is a must to enhance the durability and longevity of Granite. Sealing the stone creates a protective coating on its surface that shields it from stains, dirt, and moisture. Along with protection from the outdoor elements it makes the cleaning process easy. The sealing frequency will vary according to your design space. It is relatively more repeated for outdoor use such as driveway, patio and pool as those areas are exposed to all sorts of outdoor elements.
In case of spills, don’t wait for long. the sooner it’s cleaned, the better. Blot the stains with an absorbent cloth as the first step to soak up the excess instead of wiping. As that spreads the stain to a larger area. If your stone is sealed the chances to stain are negligible.
Although Granite is a resistant natural stone, to minimise the risk of heat spots, marks and any other damage, use coasters or mats under sharp objects that may accidentally scratch the surface. Try to lift the objects instead of sliding them. This is applicable for kitchen countertops and indoor use as this area sees a lot of use of honed and polished Granite surfaces.
There is no harm in seeking professional help to boost the maintenance of your Granite surfaces occasionally. Granite specialists or general natural stone specialists can provide suitable maintenance tips based on the usage space and the frequency of use. For instance, the care tips for Granite countertops will be drastically different from the care tips for your driveway or pool.
By following these care and maintenance tips, you can ensure that your granite remains in excellent condition for decades.
The Final Takeaway! Granite is known for building extraordinary and remarkable structures around the world. With a promise of exceptional beauty and durability, you can trust this stunning stone for your home. With its wide range of colours, stunning textures and amazing usability, Granite is sure to bring elegance and style to any space. Whether you use it indoors or to elevate the beauty of the outdoors, Granite can transform ordinary areas into extraordinary displays of lasting beauty.
So, why wait? Consider Granite for your home and experience the charm of this remarkable natural stone. Let its beauty and strength enhance your living spaces to create a timeless abode.
Reach out to our stone specialists to find the perfect Granite for your space or explore our range.
*Disclaimer: All information and advice given above in the blog are to the best of our knowledge. Please reconfirm at your end before execution.