Thanks, in part to the Natural Stone Institute for sponsoring this post.
Given that our design aesthetic is a little bit rustic and neutral around here, we tend to use materials in our home that are natural or, at the very least, look natural. Materials like wood, wool and jute and stone.
Natural stone is exactly what it says it is. It's not man-made. It comes straight from the earth. Natural stone is durable, sustainable, and can increase your home's value. It also never goes out of style!
5 Places to Use Natural Stone in Your Home
Natural stone can be used in a variety of places in the home. Here are 5 ideas for you.
Kitchen counters and even bathroom counters are probably the most common place to use natural stones like granite in a home. Granite counters often serve to drastically increase the value of a home after a kitchen renovation.
2. Flooring and Walkways
After kitchen and bathroom counters, the next most popular place to use natural stone is likely flooring and walkways. Marble, cobblestone and travertine are all commonly used and beautiful flooring and walkway choices.
3. Feature walls
Whether you want to install a feature wall in a dining room, kitchen, bedroom, family room or bathroom, natural stone is a beautiful choice. The natural stone options for this type of installation are rather limitless as feature walls don't tend to be subject to the same wear and tear as other surfaces.
Natural stone around the pool and patio is a perfect choice because of its durability and tendency not to soak up drink and BBQ spills like concrete does. Natural stone can also be cleaned simply with soap and water, making it pretty low maintenance for an outdoor space.
Another perfect place to use natural stone is the shower. With today's bathroom trends leaning towards a fully tiled walk-in shower, natural stone can transform an otherwise utilitarian space into a spa-like retreat. I personally cannot wait to redo our master bathroom and add a full stone walk-in shower!
For more about natural stone, visit the Use Natural Stone website. There you'll find posts like:
- 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Natural Stone Surfaces
- 7 Ways to Use Natural Stone to Increase Your Home's Value
- Pros and Cons of Granite Counters and
- A Beginner's Guide to Natural Stone Selection
Plus, many more articles that make the site a fabulous resource if you're choosing natural stone and how to care for it after you've installed it!
Do you have any natural stone in your home? How did you choose what you did?
Research for this post was done in part on the Natural Stone Institute website. MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute serves more than 1900 members in 58 countries who represent every aspect of the natural stone industry, offering a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness in both the industry and the design community for the promotion and best use of natural stone.
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