Finding Alternatives for Engineered Stone

March 4, 2024

Engineered stone has become a favourite for many interior designers due to its affordability and excellent design, which makes it perfect for many applications. However, with the ban on this material, interior designers are seeking superior alternatives. 

Below are some of my preferred alternatives to engineered stone: 

What are Engineered Stone Alternatives?

Engineered stone has become a favourite for many interior designers due to its affordable price and excellent design, which makes it perfect for finishes. However, the ban on this material has gotten us interior designers looking for better alternatives. 

Here are some of my favourite engineered stone alternatives:


Porcelain is another favourite because of its durability and variety. The wide colours, styles, and finishes of porcelain make it easy to plug into any project. Not to mention its low-maintenance properties.


Thanks to the rise of minimalism, refined concrete has been making waves in the interior design industry.

Concrete is a good alternative to engineered stone. The best part? It can easily be customised to fit any room. Although its porous nature will require a little bit of annual maintenance, it’s well worth the hassle. 

If you choose concrete for any of your surfaces, you can have it delivered on-site finished, or poured on-site.


Timber is another alternative that can add depth and an organic finish to your space. The unique grain of each wood can also add character to your home because no board will be similar.

There are a lot of timber species that you can choose from, making it easy to use this alternative for your property. Just make sure to put in the work to keep your timber surfaces well-maintained.

Recycled Glass

Recycled glass is an excellent sustainable option that can add more personality to your property.

Recycled glass is fairly new to the market and they’re made from repurposed glass bottles and jars. If you decide to use this material for your benchtop, just know that it’s handmade and that no slab is ever the same. 

Natural Stone

Natural stone is also a timeless and elegant option. 

While it may come with a higher cost and require more specific care, natural stone boasts unique beauty with variations in colour and veining that creates a one-of-a-kind aesthetic. Its inherent durability ensures a long-lasting appeal, making it a valuable investment. 

Creating a Cohesive Space Without Engineered Stone

We’ve gone through a couple of alternatives to engineered stone in this post, and I hope that you’re as inspired as I am to embrace these materials. If you’re looking to incorporate these materials into your property’s remodel but don’t know how, feel free to drop me a line!

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