A More Natural Look: Using Stone Throughout Your Home
As a homeowner, striking a balance between durability and eye-catching design can be a challenge. Fortunately, natural stone can provide breathtaking beauty for years to come. The following are just a few of the ways you can use stone to achieve a natural look that lasts.
Your entryway is the first part of your home visitors will see, and it speaks volumes about your home. You want guests to feel welcome and know that their visit matters. This is why foyers are often a little more elegant than the rest of the house. A marble entryway delivers this feeling of clean sophistication. If a marble staircase or hall floor seems a bit excessive for your situation, consider using marble accent pieces to treat your guests to a touch of elegance.
Photo by Matthew Giampietro Garden Design
Your home is a refuge for you and your family, and as such, it should be a place of rejuvenation. At the end of a long day, a steamy shower or hot bath can do wonders for the soul. Be certain your inner sanctum luxuriously promotes relaxation in every sense of the word. Travertine bath fixtures and walls will soothe your senses while providing smooth, easy-care surfaces to keep your stress away.
Photo by Melissa Winn Interiors
Alfresco meals are a perennial favorite. With warm weather coming in, outdoor dinners and gatherings are a great way to entertain guests. Tiles made from a natural material such as sandstone reflect the abundant beauty around you, making your outdoor living area a seamless extension of nature. Sandstone is also barefoot-friendly for young children and the young-at-heart, so your guests can kick off their shoes.
Photo by Kikuchi + Kankel Design Group
An after-dinner stroll in the garden is a calming way to end the day. Whether you’re with a guest or enjoying some solitude, such gentle exercise always provides an opportunity for centering thoughts and slowing the pace. Keep your quiet moments truly private with a stack stone wall. Stonewall panels made with stack stone in colors complementing your outdoor living space will add privacy and class to your grounds.
Photo by Scott Brinitzer Design Associates
Searching through renovation options can be a difficult task for any homeowner. Finding good-looking materials that wear well and are suitable for your situation is even more of a daunting challenge. Whether you’re trying to subtly enhance your existing decor or you’re searching for an entirely new look, natural stone materials provide many sturdy and stylish solutions.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.