October 22, 2020 | Products Projects Trends
Smartstone brings out nature’s beauty in contemporary kitchen revamp

Project Featured: Beauty in Stone by Just in Place
Stone Featured: Calacatta Gris
Fabrication and Installation: NKR Designer Stone
Photography: Rebecca Lu

Nothing is quite as beautiful as having nature grace the inside of a home. In this contemporary kitchen by renovation one-stop-shop Just in Place, the beauty of natural stone creates a refreshing and amazing backdrop with Calacatta Gris, one of Smartstone’s veined quartz surfaces offered as an upgrade option for builders.

With the flowing veins of Calacatta Gris on the island benchtop with waterfall edge and wrap around splashback, the amazing kitchen in Sydney showcases not only nature’s landscape but also a lot of movement within the space, adding playfulness and modesty in the perfect blend.  Calacatta Gris is an ideal alternative to natural stone as it perfectly replicates marble with its gorgeous thick, light grey veining.

By introducing interesting elements like popping colours, unique furniture pieces or adding nature-like accents with timber or stone, the Just in Place renovation duo Galit and Leah had taken ‘contemporary’ style to a whole new level.

Experimenting more with colours, patterns and materials, they added some warmth, character and excitement into the mix of what used to be standard elements of a contemporary kitchen.

“In the past we used to think immediately about white, grey and black colour scheme that can look ‘cold’ and very minimalistic. These colours will always stay classy and ageless, but now we are thinking more about how to add some warmth, character and excitement into the mix. It’s about making the space feel welcoming and interesting,” they said.

Other features that make this Sydney contemporary kitchen extra special include:

  • White flat panels on cabinets to let other features in the kitchen shine (no handles on wall cabinets)
  • All cabinet doors are drawers are soft closing
  • Corner pantry for maximum storage space
  • Black v-groove bar island panel adds contrast and texture
  • Small but important details like designer bar stools, timber bowls and cutting trays


Along with Carrara Gris and Davinci Blanco as builders’ upgrades, Smartstone brought Calacatta Gris into the market place to offer a fantastic vein option specifically for home and commercial builders. Its jumbo size of 3200mm x 1600mm provide excellent design flexibility and less wastage especially for those developing multiple residential projects.

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