Mark Rabey, general manager & senior project advisor at Caledonian Stone, a specialist stone and tile supplier, highlights the benefits of using natural stone products in hospitality interiors.

You never get a second chance to make a great first impression, in fact, according to psychologists Willis and Todorov, it takes just one-tenth of a second for us to form an opinion.

For hotel, restaurant and bar owners, a customer’s first impression of interiors is crucial to success. From beautifully designed countertops and statement staircases and hallways, to stylish washrooms, the materials you choose can create clean, minimalist, classic appearances or a boutique chic edge. 

But with so many materials available, natural stone remains an aesthetically pleasing yet functional option.

Offering many benefits, natural stone is fast becoming one of the most preferred flooring materials. Dynamic and versatile, it can be used in both traditional and contemporary design.

The practical benefits of natural stone focus on its durability and practicality, making it ideal for hospitality managers looking for materials that last longer than carpets.

Due to stone being a hard, strong material, it’s very reliable and can withstand pressure and remain undamaged despite consistent footfall from patrons. It’s also scratch and abrasion resistant.

In addition to these qualities, natural stone is an excellent heat conductor and pairs well with underfloor heating, allowing for heating systems to be turned down, reducing utility bills and promoting eco-friendly benefits.

Variations of natural stone products are vast, and no two pieces are exactly alike – making them unique. Whether you choose slate, granite, marble, travertine or limestone, it will add value and a touch of quality. Natural stone can be laid outside and inside, so if you have a bar or restaurant that has an outside area, you can keep the wall or floor tiles consistent.

Once you have selected the right product for your design, how should you maintain and look after it?

With simple care you can preserve stone’s natural beauty. For countertops and areas that will be used to rest glasses, dinner plates or cutlery, coasters and placemats are essential, as alcohol, hot plates and acid can etch or dull the stone’s surface.

There are also a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to cleaning. Stone should be cleaned with mild detergents or stone soaps and thoroughly rinsed and dried with clean water after washing. Avoid using vinegar, lemon juice, or cleaners that contain acids and steer clear of abrasive cleaners.

Caledonian Stone provides a wide range of natural stone products for hospitality interiors. To find out more, use the contact details below.