We have experienced an increase in enquiries about Caesarstone, in particular their new addition to the Supernatural Ultra Range, Noble Grey, and thought we’d put together a review of this particular colour that may help in answering your questions.
What is Caesarstone?
Caesarstone is an Engineered/Composite Stone, which means it is man-made using a combination of natural quartz, pigments and polymer resins. You will find a more thorough description of the manufacturing process here.
An emerging trend in the world of engineered or composite stone sees stone manufacturers such as Caesarstone creating products that will simulate the appearance of a natural marble without the added expense, maintenance and sensitivity that come with a natural stone product. Natural marble surfaces for example, are highly soft and porous, making them susceptible to stains, cracks and scratches.
Noble Grey is part of Caesarstone’s Marble collection: It is an excellent replica of a natural marble and has been increasingly popular!
Curious about Caesarstone’s pricing? Checkout our budget guide here!
What splashback can I match with a Noble Grey benchtop?
This stone features a bold vein atop a smoky grey background. It lends itself well to whites, greys, timbers and charcoal coloured cabinetry , while also adding a luxurious finish to your design. This stone suits just about any style of home: from the super modern to the period style classic. Options for your splashback include:
- Match your benchtop and splashback by using Noble Grey for both surfaces
- Being a classic style, Noble Grey lends itself well to traditional subway tiles in a dove grey or off white hue
- Mosaic tiles are fabulous choice here too! Metallic finishes, mother of pearl designs or sleek, glossy mosaic tiles would look especially fabulous paired with this stone
- A mirror splashback may not be up everyone’s alley but it certainly looks incredible paired with Noble Grey! A traditional silver mirror or grey tinted mirror is the perfect choice
What finishes are available in the Noble Grey?
As with all Caesarstone products, your choice in surface finish is limited: Noble Grey is only available in Caesarstone’s traditional “semi-gloss” type of finish which features a soft glossy surface. Unfortunately, this means you do not have the option of re-creating the look of a highly polished marble.
What is the difference between Caesarstone’s Noble Grey and real Marble?
Caesarstone’s surface is very smooth with a semi-gloss finish – you will not experience the finely textured surface of a natural marble nor are you able to adjust the level of glossiness in the stone as Caesarstone’s Noble Grey is only available in the single finish.
Although natural Marble is a luxurious and beautiful material, it does come with its own set of concerns: Marble by nature is very soft and porous. This makes the stone easy to scratch, crack or stain. Natural Marble surfaces do require regular attention in terms of cleaning and sealing: sealing the product is something that should always be performed by a professional, so there is this ongoing cost to consider.
Which is more expensive: Marble or Caesarstone?
In terms of price, a natural marble benchtop will be more expensive than the Caesarstone equivalent. The colour Noble Grey has been included in Caesarstone’s Supernatural Ultra Range, which is their most expensive collection due to the advanced technology employed in creating this particular colour and pattern.
In our opinion, Noble Grey is a very close representation of a natural marble benchtop with only a few differences, as outlined above. Although we do love marble, Caesarstone offers us all the beauty of this natural product without the associated costs and maintenance issues.
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