Stone flooring can dramatically change the look and feel of a room, for example, granite radiates a more contemporary feel whereas travertine will add a soft and classic touch while marble oozes glamour and sophistication.
In this article we provide inspiration for pairing natural stone flooring with a retro-influenced design.
The 1960s and 70s were exceptionally stylish and distinctive eras which continue to impact on interior design: to this day, bold vintage and retro-inspired interiors remain popular with homeowners and interior designers.
Those wishing to introduce a unique and eclectic sense of style to their home are embracing by-gone eras with a twist – by choosing sustainable and classic stone flooring to complement their vibrant walls, retro furniture and quirky, statement-making accessories.
The hard wearing quality and versatility of slate make it a very popular choice for consumers, especially in rooms where there is likely to be a high flow of traffic such as the kitchen and hallway. Slate is available in many colours and finishes allowing it to easily adapt to different styles - including retro.
Retro designs, especially those from the 1970s era, can be extremely colourful and involve a variety of pattern, which is why stone flooring with one neutral base colour will offer a refreshing contrast. A kitchen or living room with bold wallpaper, pop art or neon on the walls and vivid units or furniture will look chic and balanced with a dark grey slate floor.
For a more subtle 1960s look – think of the deluxe look achieved with sumptuous low slung cream leather couches, smoked glass coffee tables and deep shag pile rugs in Bond films – a sophisticated elegance can be achieved with limestone. Limestone is available in a range of surface finishes, from polished to matt, which make it incredibly versatile.
As well as the different surfaces available, those wishing to invest in limestone will have a choice of colours. By choosing a light colour you will boost the sense of space and light in your room, whereas darker colours may add drama to your interior.
Historically, polished marble has been a desirable choice of stone flooring – it has survived through decades of style changes and has the ability to create space in a small room as it reflects the light. As marble is extremely hard wearing it can easily be used in rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom and hallway and is an easy product to keep clean and glossy. Pair polished chrome and vinyl furniture with grey and white marble to your home for a luxurious Barbarella-inspired scheme.
Whether you're thinking about recreating the retro look in your home with stone flooring, or seek a more contemporary look, our knowledgeable team is on hand to ensure that you find just the right stone for their project.
Visit our Camberley showroom to see our comprehensive range of natural stone flooring and tiles, or call us on 01276 691 501.