The beauty of stone is more than skin deep – we love the feel and experience of it - and the little imperfections unique to each
– Stone specialist Angie Squires IGNEOUS: “(This is) the hardest of them all, making it extremely durable. Around the home it’s all about the granites and basalts,’’ Squires says. “Granites come in black and greys, are economical and have an industrial feel. They can be slippery so need to be flamed for use outdoors.
“Basalts are stone chameleons where the finish you choose will dictate its end appeal. For example, a sawn finish makes it appear a lighter grey where a honed finish gives it a darker hue.
“Bluestone basalt is hugely popular in Australia but needs pre-sealing before being laid to prevent tile adhesives seepage. Its monochrome surface can show up dust and light hair.”