Blame it on granite: When this super durable countertop choice began appearing in kitchens everywhere, suddenly stone became a welcome houseguest.
Of course, stones have been showcased around fireplaces and as flooring for centuries, but today’s homeowners truly revel in the beauty of rock. It’s easy to understand the appeal of this substantial, textured material, with its ability to create stunning contrasts to other interior finishes. Look for stones to pop up all around the house.
- On stairs: Pity the staircase: This vital part of a home gets kicked and stomped upon day after day. Stone can help stairs stand up to the abuse. Face your stair risers with stone for extra durability and long-lasting good looks.
- Surrounding the fireplace: Stone hearths are dream home classics, whether thin and dry-stacked or large boulders. There are ways to get the look without the expense and weight of full masonry construction. Research the options available with cultured (manufactured) stone or real stone sawn into veneer thicknesses.
- In the bath: Smooth stones, like marble and granite, often make their way into baths. Now rougher textures and more defined stone and pebble shapes are transforming baths into natural grottoes. Look for chiseled edges on countertops and tiles that mimic the look of pebbles or river rock.
- In the kitchen: With commercial-size ranges come oversized vent hoods. A stone surround can transform the hood and range area into a second hearth for your home. Kitchen islands and bars offer horizontal and vertical surfaces for lining with stone that will stand up to wear and tear and look great for the long haul.
- As furniture: Filling a custom wood home with wood furniture can lead to a sea of sameness. Stone has the power to pack a decorating punch. Tables or accent pieces incorporating stone sound a new note in your décor, and offer a visual break from wood tones.
- In lighting and accessories: Stone’s heft and rugged beauty make it a natural for pairing with wood. Table lamps formed from stacked river rocks, cabinet knobs made of smooth stones and carved stone mantels or arches reinforce the organic nature of a wood home.