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One of the beauties of natural stone is the fact that there are so many different properties and finishes to stone tiles. However, this can also be a little daunting if you're not sure what type of stone tiles or stone flooring will suit your way of life.
One of our aims at The Stone Gallery is to make choosing your natural stone more of a pleasure, with our friendly advisers on hand to help in store, and a little guide to choosing natural stone tiles to suit your lifestyle needs below:
Travertine is one of the most popular types of natural stone to use within the home, and it's popularity is not without good reason: these stone tiles come in a variety of finishes, including honed, polished and tumbled, and have a neutral feel with a hint of warmth.
Travertine stone flooring is a great option for those who want to make a real investment in their home by adding a floor which will last a lifetime, but which will also give them the option to change wall and accessory colours within a room from time to time.
Limestone tiles often come in a large format, making them ideal for creating the illusion of space within the home. Their flagstone look helps to create a timeless interior, and they can often be used outside, too. If you're a family that likes to use their outside space as much as their inside space, limestone stone flooring is a great option for creating that seamless look between the garden and the interior.
Marble creates elegant, classic stone tiles, perfect for those looking to create a graceful, stylish feel within the home, but bear in mind that it is also softer and harder to maintain. It can be more prone to scratches, cracks and chips, so it may not be so suitable if you live in a busy home – at least, not in high traffic areas – or if you have pets.
Slate tiles are not only earthy and rustic in appearance, an extremely fashionable look right now, but are also durable and hard-wearing, not to mention easy to maintain. The rough texture of slate makes it naturally slip resistant, so combined with its durability, it is an ideal stone flooring for high traffic areas such as hallways.
Slate stone tiles also work well in bathrooms, conservatories, halls and utility rooms, and whilst kitchens can also be added to this list, it can be prone to staining, so you may want to think about its maintenance before installing it in a kitchen.
Granite is an extremely hard stone which is very scratch resistant and difficult to stain. It also doesn't conduct heat, making it ideal for kitchen worktops, both as one large piece of granite and small granite stone tiles set into a real-wood countertop frame. Granite comes in a variety of colours, and is therefore great for use in small areas where you wish to achieve a high-impact look.
For more advice on which type of natural stone will suit your needs and way of life, our in-store team will be happy to help. As well as offering an array of stone tiles in a variety of colours and finishes, The Stone Gallery is also part of a wider circle of interior design companies: the Ceramic Tile Warehouse and Park Street Interiors are also within the Art of Living triangle, and will be on hand to help fulfil your interior decor desires – and match them to your lifestyle, at the same time.