How and Why: Using Stone in Your Design

Nov 1st, 2018

by Tile Wholesalers of Rochester

For several years, we have seen an increased amount of stone being used in interior designs for homes, restaurants, hotels and more. The natural elements work well in any design; from accentuating the feeling of being in the wilderness in cottages and cabins to adding contrast to the clean lines of modern and minimalist designs.

No matter the setting, the use of stone adds an element of timelessness to any design. There has never been a better time to incorporate stone into your designs, and here's why...

This natural stone comes from Florida Tile

What are the benefits to using stone?

1. Stone is formed, not produced. The organic lines of each stone can add deep visual contrast when set against the hard, geometric lines of a building's walls and floors.

2. The sheer strength and durability of stone is virtually unrivaled.

3. The options to choose from are nearly endless. From cut to tumbled, raw to polished, black to white and nearly every color in between – there is a stone for every design.

4. Budget friendly. Different types of stones are priced very affordably. No matter your budget, you can find quality stone to incorporate into your design.

5. Eco friendly. Absence of major manufacturing processes, stone is extremely eco friendly.

Thinking of using stone in your own designs? Here are a few tips to keep in mind...

1. Pair stone with other materials to create a warm and inviting space; think faux fur rugs, plush pillows and soft drapes and upholstered furniture.

This stone tile comes from Anatolia Tile + Stone

2. In a large room the use of stone can add warmth and coziness to the space. In small rooms, using lighter stone can broaden the room and make it feel larger.

This limestone tile comes from Marble Systems

3. Choose the right type of stone to compliment the space you are designing. Uniform stones and bricks are ideal for contemporary designs while large or irregular stones are perfect for country or rustic designs.

This hand finished marble comes from Maison Surface

4. Get creative with lighting. Using accent lighting can help to exaggerate the texture of stone by casting shadows over the stone surface.