The beauty of stone is more than skin deep – we love the feel and ex­pe­ri­ence of it - and the lit­tle im­per­fec­tions unique to each

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– 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.”

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