RMS Rockstar of the Month – October


Celebrating Our Employees

Meet Karen Ryan, our Senior Design Specialist! Karen has been in the stone and countertop business for 15 years and is passionate about caring for every client she works with. She has a keen eye for colors and has helped owners, designers, and contractors create thousands of spectacular kitchens during her tenure at RMS. She exhibits our core values daily and is a key team member.
Nicole Tsotsi nominated Karen for helping rearrange and clean up one of our office spaces. Nicole stated, “I appreciate the teamwork in her help with this project. She doesn’t even use this space but wanted to make sure it was perfect for the team”.

The Significance of Color and Design in Your Project

Color and design play pivotal roles in any stonework project. They influence a space’s overall atmosphere, style, and functionality, making the selection process a vital part of your project’s success. Understanding this is like second nature to Karen. When it comes to enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of your living space, stone is an exceptional choice. Whether you’re looking to transform your kitchen, revamp your bathroom, or add a touch of luxury to your outdoor areas, stonework offers a timeless beauty and durability that few other materials can match. Let’s explore how the color and design of stonework can enhance your space.

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: The color and design of the stone can set the tone for the entire room. Lighter colors create a sense of openness and airiness, while darker tones add warmth and coziness. Choosing a stone with the right color palette can dramatically impact the mood of the space.
  2. Integration with Existing Decor: Your stonework should seamlessly integrate with your existing decor. Consider the color scheme and design elements in the rest of your home to ensure a harmonious look.
  3. Durability and Maintenance: Certain stones may require more maintenance than others. For example, marble is stunning but can be more prone to stains and etching than granite. Your lifestyle and willingness to maintain your stonework should influence your choice of stone.
  4. Functionality: The design of your stonework should align with the functionality of the space. For a kitchen, consider the layout and the use of the countertops. You’ll want a durable, non-porous stone that can withstand spills, heat, and everyday wear and tear.

What to Consider for Your Kitchen

We’re inspired by Karen’s stellar work creating spectacular kitchens for our clients. After all, the kitchen is often the heart of the home, perfect for food and family–it must be just the way you like it! Are you considering a makeover? When selecting stonework for your kitchen, keep these things in mind:

  1. Countertop Material: Your kitchen countertops endure a lot of daily use, so they should have a durable surface. Natural stones such as granite and quartz are excellent choices due to their durability and resistance to stains and heat. Both come in various colors and patterns, allowing you to find the perfect match for your kitchen’s style.
  2. Color Coordination: To create a cohesive look, match the beautiful custom stone countertops with your kitchen cabinets and flooring. The right color can tie the whole room together, making it visually appealing and functional.
  3. Edge Profiles: The edge profile of your countertops can enhance the design of your kitchen. Various options, from classic to modern, can significantly impact the overall look and feel.
  4. Backsplash: The kitchen backsplash is an opportunity to add a pop of color and design. Coordinating the backsplash with your countertops can create a harmonious and sophisticated look.
  5. Lighting: Lighting can affect the appearance of your stonework. Consider your kitchen’s natural and artificial lighting when choosing the stone’s color and finish. Proper lighting can make your stonework shine and bring out its true beauty.

Custom Stonework with Rocky Mountain Stone

Color and design are integral components of any stonework project, and their importance cannot be overstated. These factors are especially crucial in your kitchen, as it’s a high-traffic area that requires both style and functionality. By carefully considering the color, design, and other factors mentioned in this blog, you can ensure that your stonework project meets your aesthetic preferences and enhances your home’s value and enjoyment. At Rocky Mountain Stone, we understand that selecting the right stone, along with considering color and design, can make or break a vision. We’ll be happy to work with you so that you can find the perfect option for your project. Contact us now!

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