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Kitchen & Bath Design News August 2017

Aria Stone Gallery’s Dolce Vita marble backsplash showcases various shades playing well against the upper lift cabinets in this sleek kitchen.


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Backlighting Onyx Q&A

As described by The Natural Stone Institute, onyx is a frequently translucent and generally layered, cryptocrystalline calcite. Onyx is a sedimentary rock that is usually deposited in cold water solutions, often in the form of stalagmites and stalactites in caves. Through this formation, cryptocrystalline is created and the size and uniformity of these crystals is what contributes to the classic translucent property of onyx stone.

Dating back to the Egyptians, onyx was used to create bowls and other decorative elements and nowadays onyx is commonly used to create jewelry, decorative surfaces, and wall materials. The unique patterns and striations, in addition to a wide range of colors, make onyx the perfect material to add a dramatic focal point to a space. One of the many appeals of nature’s beautiful onyx is that it has the ability to be backlit due to its unique translucent properties. When a slab of onyx is able to be backlit, it is able to take on a completely new life, showcasing the unique veining while adding additional ambiance to a space with a subtle glow.

The key to backlighting is using the correct LED panels to ensure an even coverage of light and eliminating any “hot spots.” To further analyze key tips when it comes to backlighting, we connected with the backlighting expert himself, Patrick Dwyer from Knema LLC (dba LuminousFilm), and picked his brain so you can backlight with confidence. Read on.

Backlit bar features Aria Stone Gallery’s Onyx Caramello at The Grove Restaurant
When Quartzite is mostly pure Quartz (the mineral), it may also be able to be backlit. Image of Quartzite in Aria Stone Gallery.

Q. What do you need to consider before lighting a countertop? Power source? Size? Material? Is there anything that is different about lighting a wall vs a countertop?

A. Actually, not really. As long as you are mounting the panels to a surface and securing them with something like mirror clips, or c-channel you should be fine.

Q. What should you know before choosing an LED bulb for backlighting onyx?

A. When picking a light color, you should be aware of the overall affect it will have on the room. Do you want to contrast or match existing light fixtures? And you should be aware of how the light will affect the color of the stone. If you have a honey onyx using a very warm color temp (2700K for example) would help bring out more of the yellows in the stone.

Image of Aria Stone Gallery’s Backlit Onyx Black Cloud.

Q. What are the LED backlighting color options? 

A. Our panels have two main color options. White light LEDs (ranging from ~2700K-6000K) and we have RGB LEDs, which allows for millions of different color options.

backlit onyx

Q. How much does it cost to backlight a stone?

A. Cost per square foot varies greatly depending on the project and the products used. Variables such as the thickness of the stone, distance of panel from the stone, and how translucent the stone is can affect the square foot price greatly. Generally, we find the cost to run roughly ~$45-100/square foot.

Backlit bar featuring Aria Stone Gallery’s Onyx Nuvolato. Designed by M2 Designs.

Q. What is the maintenance on the LED lighting panels?

A. Typically there is very little – to no maintenance on the products.

Backlit bar featuring Aria Stone Gallery’s Onyx Fantastico. Designed by DeLeo & Fletcher.

Q. How often do LED panels need to be replaced? 

A. If properly installed, the panels should last a very long time. We usually end up replacing power supplies before we replace panels. Our LED edge-lit panels have an L-70 rating of ~50,000 of continual use and our large LED modules have and L-70 rating of ~120,000 hours of continual use.

Note: L-70 is a rating that means that at 50,000 / 120,000 hours our lights should still produce 70% of their original brightness.

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Houston Chronicle November 2016

Houston Chronicle November 2016 features Aria Stone Gallery’s one-of-a-kind hand selection program, in which customers can travel to the beautiful mountains of Italy to select their very own marble slabs. Read more about this exciting adventure below!

 

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Kitchen & Bath Business | Aria Stone Gallery Launches Client Quarry Experience Program

Kitchen & Bath Business November 2016 features Aria Stone Gallery’s exclusive World Class Hand Selection Program, a first-of-its kind experience that lets stone buyers travel to Italian quarries to personally select their own stone for their homes. Read more about this exciting opportunity below!

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Pastels Around the World

From the Paris runway to the streets of Milan, muted color schemes are not only taking the design world by storm as of late (view more here), but pastels are forever engrained in European history.  With its culturally rich capitals and colorful coastal towns, Europe is and always will be epicenter for pastels.  Aside from the charming Old-World streets, pastels are prominent within interior design, art, and architecture.

Recently, the Aria team had the pleasure of visiting Milan and the Tuscan regions of Italy and we are here to share our colorful collection of discoveries.

Stay tuned as we share additional stories and illustrations from our trip.

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Spa-Like Bathroom Oasis

Simplicity makes a bold statement in this relaxing bathroom. This inspiring vignette is meant for some quality R&R time with a refreshing, organic, and neutral aesthetic that evokes a sense of serenity. The Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra quad-match marble shower sets the scene while the floating Onyx Black Cloud backdrop provides a natural contrast against the pure white marble trough sink; creating a true bathroom spa-like oasis wrapped in modern luxury.

In addition to the striking diamond-match shower, matching Calacatta marble tables were custom made to complement the space while adding additional interest and storage.

Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra Marble Quadmatch Shower

Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra Marble Quadmatch Shower and Matching Tables

Black cloud onyx feature wall with a custom marble trough sink

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Black cloud onyx feature wall with a custom marble trough sink

Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra Marble Quadmatch Shower

Black cloud onyx feature wall with a custom marble trough sink

Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra Marble Quadmatch Shower and Matching Tables

Black cloud onyx feature wall with a custom marble trough sink

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DFW Style Daily December 2013

As guests mingled at Aria Stone Gallery in the Dallas Design District on the night of the big reveal, hundreds took the opportunity to snap photo booth picks and catch up over cocktails at the Face of Aftershock London’s ceremony. Throughout the evening, models posed before Aria’s grand stone installations in looks from Aftershock’s latest collection.

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