Neolith Launches New Nature-Inspired Colours 


Everest Sunrise and Cappadocia Sunset seek to harmonise functionality and beauty, inspired by precious marbles and natural stone. They are included in Neolith’s flagship The New Classtone and Fusion collections. 

One of this year’s biggest design trends is beautiful stone finishes. And it’s easy to see why; with its unique patterning and warm, natural feel, stone brings depth and character to a space like nothing else.   

Neolith has introduced two gorgeous new colours, inspired by the majesty of nature and the earth’s hidden treasures – Everest Sunrise, a gentle, neutral quartzite-like finish with accents of gold that speaks of the spectacular beauty of Mount Everest at sunrise, and Cappadocia Sunset, where a medley of rich, tonal greys evokes the rugged splendour of Cappadocia’s volcanic peaks.  

Crafted from raw, natural materials, these surfaces do not add crystalline silica to their formulation and are fully recyclable, making them a smart choice for those wanting to design an environmentally friendly home. They also provide the superior durability and practicality Neolith is known for, being highly resistant to water, heat, scratches, stains, and UV rays and requiring minimal maintenance and zero resurfacing to perform beautifully for decades.   

We sat down with Sydney-based interior designer, Renee Richmond, principal at Sage Interior Design Studio, to find out about how these new Neolith colours complement the latest design trends and how she has used them in her own projects.  

Liveable luxury

“Kitchens today are less practical, working spaces and more social hubs, prompting layouts conducive to gathering and dining,” says Richmond. “Think nuanced stone surfaces, handcrafted joinery with gentle curves, and multi-tasking islands where you can prep meals, entertain or sit down for a family meal. From stone surfaces to paintwork, colours are soft and drawn from nature to inspire a sense of calm and connection. New Neolith Everest Sunrise and Cappadocia Sunset, which evoke warmth and a handcrafted elegance, embody this trend perfectly,” she says.  

In this Sydney family kitchen, Richmond has used Neolith Everest Sunrise, with its creamy, natural tones and flecks of gold, on the benchtops and splashbacks, paired with muted sage paintwork and subtle metallic accents. “This kitchen serves as a family hub, blending functionality with social appeal – a supremely welcoming space with a soft, inviting aesthetic,” she says.  

Kitchen design: Sage Interior Design Studio using Neolith Cappadocia Sunset
Sage Interior Design Studio using Neolith Cappadocia Sunset.  

Meanwhile, Richmond dialled up the drama in this Sydney kitchen owned by a design-savvy, professional couple by running Neolith Cappadocia Sunset across the central island and splashback wall, coupled with rich timber cabinetry, dark bronze detailing, Venetian plaster, and fine metallic mesh panelling, finished with a statement pendant. “To elevate the Neolith stone to the centrepiece of the design, complementary materials were carefully selected to enhance its beauty and uniqueness,” says Richmond. “The finished design creates a rich and dramatic ambience and reflects the owners bold yet sophisticated design style.”  

Lavish layering

This year, designers are running swathes of stone in tonal shades across large surfaces to create a calm, cocooning feel in spaces where you wish to relax, such as spa-like bathroom retreats. “Using generous expanses of stone across different surfaces, such as we’ve done in this Sydney powder room, adds opulence and tranquillity, giving your bathroom the feel of a five-star sanctuary,” says Richmond.  

Sage Interior Design Studio using Neolith Everest Sunrise on the vanity and Neolith Cappadocia Sunset on the floor
Sage Interior Design Studio using Neolith Everest Sunrise on the vanity and Neolith Cappadocia Sunset on the floor.

“Here, we’ve run Neolith Everest Sunrise across the vanity and the wall behind the mirror to create seamless luxury, while eliminating any superfluous detailing to minimise the visual distractions, which we’ve then gently contrasted with Neolith Cappadocia Sunset on the floor. The effect is instantly soothing. Textured Venetian plaster walls on either side in a similar shade as the vanity and rear wall add to the cossetting vibe. 

“This look works best when you choose colours without any stark contrasts, like we’ve done here, supplemented with warm, mood lighting to enhance the serene atmosphere,” she says.  

But practicality should never be forgotten, particularly in a busy space like a bathroom. “Neolith’s impressive durability, minimal upkeep and water-resistant qualities make it ideal for bathrooms. Plus, it comes in generous slab sizes up to 3600×1200 millimetres, which means minimal grout lines and less cleaning,” she says.  

Sustainable surfaces

Sustainability is a driving force behind 2024 design trends, and stone surfaces are no exception. Growing numbers of homeowners want their homes to sit lightly on the earth, incorporating surfaces that are gentle on the environment. “My clients are increasingly prioritising sustainable options, driving the demand for products like this that offer both performance and eco-consciousness. They appreciate the natural composition of Neolith, and the fact it aligns with their desire for sustainable, environmentally friendly materials,” says Richmond. 

Neolith is also set to release a ground-breaking new silica-free surface later this year, fortifying its stance as a long-standing sustainability pioneer, caring not only for the environment, but also for the people who is Involved in the process of handling and manufacturing the surfaces. This innovative new product line is devoid of crystalline silica, with the first colours in the new formulation set to be Artic White and Abu Dhabi White in a 20mm thickness – the ideal choice for eco-aware renovators.  

Unexpected pairings

Mixing two – or more – contrasting stone colours in a space is something we’re seeing a lot of in 2024. This custom coffee table, which combines two bold stones – Neolith Cappadocia Sunset and Black Obsession – is a great example.  

“Unexpected stone pairings like this add real wow factor to a space, injecting it with personality and visual interest. You’ll find it also creates an instant focal point, which is something every room needs,” says Richmond. There’s no shortage of ways to bring the look to life. “Design a showstopping shower recess, with walls lined in one stone and the shower frame and niche in a contrasting hue, try it across benchtops and splashbacks in a kitchen or bathroom, or create a one-of-a-kind furniture piece.”  

Stone centrepiece

“In 2024, we’re seeing stone shift from a supporting role to the star attraction, with everything else in the room designed around it,” says Richmond. “The fact that a stone like Neolith is so versatile means the options are virtually limitless – you can use it across feature walls, custom furniture, design a statement bedhead or a unique dining table.  

“To keep the focus on your incredible stone, complement it with a restrained palette in similar tones. That’s exactly what the designer has done in this kitchen, pairing Neolith Everest Stone Rise with creamy white joinery and a light oak floor that picks up on the stone’s golden highlights,” she says. 

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