Recent trends in interior design have been all about adding character and individuality. In a modern home, you may think that this would be difficult to do, but that's where the beauty of natural stone comes into its own: the most attractive characteristic of natural stone is the fact that no two pieces are the same, and therefore instantly add character and individuality to any home.
Just because you're adding character, it doesn't mean that your home has to look old fashioned. There are many great natural stone trends available which will keep your home up-to-the-minute but will add a little something extra at the same time.
For example, how about adding a stacked stone feature wall? Using small strip-like stone tiles, a feature wall can be created, for example around a chimney breast, with almost a cladding-like effect to it: very rustic, very characteristic, very now. Alternatively, installing oversized tiles in stone flooring is also very popular at the moment, and adds a feeling of space within the home.
If you've ever hopefully lifted up the flooring in your hall looking to find beautiful encaustic tiles underneath, only to be disappointed when confronted with bog-standard floorboards, fear no more: character can easily be added to a hallway or foyer using stone flooring.
Of course, it won't be the same look that encaustic tiles create, but it will be just as full of character and individuality, probably more so: natural stone is unique, with no two stone tiles being the same. What's more, as the hallway of a home is normally a relatively small area, you can splurge on the finest granite or marble stone flooring to create an instant hit of luxury as you walk in the door.
One way to add character to a house is to introduce a feeling of homeliness and warmth. A cosy home is often associated with individual style, and cosiness can be created with the warm tones of stone tiles. Both stone wall tiles and stone flooring can be used to add a warm feeling by choosing earthy shades such as light browns, creams and red tones, and Mediterranean looks can also be created using the same colours. Stone flooring can be combined with underfloor heating too, to add real warmth.
If you want to add character to your home, visit The Stone Gallery for an array of natural stone tiles. With a variety of both wall tiles and stone flooring available, you'll certainly be able to find something to suit your character. Located within the Art of Living triangle, you'll also be able to visit the Ceramic Tile Warehouse and Park Street Interiors to complete your individual look; the Art of Living has everything you need to add that creative touch to your home.