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The must have kitchen feature – island unit inspiration

Kitchens are no longer just a functional room for preparing meals, they’re social spaces which have grown in size and become the focal point of homes. With this change in function, island units have become a must-have feature, even in smaller spaces. If you’re updating your kitchen and need some island inspiration, here are three of the best natural stone designs we’ve seen and worked on.

A Quartzite Centrepiece

Quartzite is a natural stone slowly gaining popularity as a kitchen surface. It’s typically compared to marble due to its silky smooth, glassy texture, however quartzite is a much harder material than marble. It’s less susceptible to wear and tear including scratches and stains, and unlike marble which needs regularly re-sealing, quartzite is less porous so its seal will remain intact much longer. Quartzite’s are beautiful stones with colourings that include oranges, greens and greys. When paired with a simpler worktop, a quartzite island makes a stunning focal point. 

Tiles and Marble

Tiles are topping the trend charts in all areas of the home – pops of colour in our fireplaces, our splashbacks, on the floor and in bathrooms. Pair a natural stone island top with a clashing tiled edge, or create real drama with black marble paired with black tiles.

Upcycled Islands

In an era of eco-consciousness, recycling and reusing furniture or units found on online second-hand sites can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, whilst also saving you money. Spice up a second hand or salvaged table with a new, natural stone island top for a mixed material, ultra cozy, rustic look.

For more information on how to get started updating your kitchen email Coulon Stone on, call us on 01494 484333 or visit our showroom in Stokenchurch.


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