Embracing Darker, Luxurious Tones

In dramatic contrast to the all-white or mostly white aesthetic, today’s forward-looking designers and homeowners are embracing a new dark age, with a movement towards darker, more luxurious tones. Minimalist designs are incorporating materials of high quality and character, with natural finishes enhancing texture and depth. Our sealed granite, Italian marble, Dekton and Caesarstone quartz surfaces continue to lead the way as the materials of choice for kitchen worktops, flooring and wall cladding.

While white kitchen worktops, cabinets and walls ruled the past decade, 2022 and beyond sees the rise of darker tones. No longer considered an accent color, black and gray walls, cabinets and countertops are having their day in the sun, giving the home an elegance and luxurious ambience. If you don’t want to go all in on dark hues or are concerned about the lighting in your home, you can simply add some drama with black tiles, hardware and fixtures.

Our colors beautifully reflect the embrace of darker shades with dramatic effect. With its rich black base and fine white veins, the use of  Dekton Somnia  for wall cladding and flooring lends any space a timeless sophistication, and all the mystery of dark stone. Layered with emotion and depth, Maori granite features a pattern that’s reminiscent of drawings on a chalkboard creating a strikingly stylish surface , Caesarstone 4735 Oxidian has a dark gray metal base with an oxidized russet effect distributed unevenly like real rust.

When it comes to kitchen and wall cladding surfaces, texture is as important as tone. Designers and homeowners alike are looking to materials that combine quality and character, with a natural, tactile appeal. The colors in our 2023 palette are available in a textured, natural finish that contributes to a more dramatic look. Natural materials like textured woods help warm up dark spaces and give them a sophisticated yet rustic charm. You can contrast black or gray countertops with lighter cabinets and flooring, balancing the predominantly dark tones.

Not surprisingly, our brands remain the top choice for high-end kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Unlike other materials that require frequent sealing, Sensa granite has a protective treatment that offers optimum stain resistance while Dekton and Caesarstone quartz are virtually maintenance-free. With our wide range of colors and designs that beautifully replicate natural stone, you can skip the sealing and scrubbing, and simply sit back, relax and enjoy it.

We are happy to help you select the perfect stone that meets your needs.

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