Whilst natural stone has been used as flooring, a surface material and for other decorative purposes for many years, yet it is not solely suited to traditional-style properties. Timeless and versatile, stone can also be used to enhance modern interiors in both residential and commercial settings.
Read on, for natural stone interior suggestions to inspire:
Granite and marble are extremely versatile: they are both available in a broad range of colour combinations and with a host of different patterns, varying from fine and subtle markings to bolder and more dramatic striations.
Marble and granite are ideal types of natural stone to pair with sleek kitchen cabinets in a modern scheme. Whether the units are sleek and wooden, minimal and matt or glossy and angular, the warmth and organic character added by using a natural product, such as granite or marble, means that the kitchen won't feel too clinical or featureless.
Marble and granite will also boost a contemporary bathroom scheme, by providing understated elegance and contrast in a subtle way, when combined with sheet glass panels, pristine porcelain sanitary ware and dazzling chrome fixtures.
This natural stone can also be used for countertops, floors and feature walls in an array of commercial locations. With a chic effect and a sense of solid permanence, granite and marble will heighten the style of hotel bathrooms and foyers, museums, galleries, high end retailers and restaurants.
Stacked layers of slate can be used to create a wonderful organic feature wall in a number of different rooms within the home as well as in commercial settings.
The 'split-face' application for this popular natural stone means that it can be used to inject rustic character and texture into a space whilst maintaining a more modern appeal, for example:
· a feature wall, fireplace or chimney breast in a living room
· the walls of a kitchen
· a wetroom shower or bathroom wall
Commercial properties, hotels, boutiques, restaurants and bars will all benefit from the addition of this pleasingly rugged yet linear natural stone wall covering. Opt for neutral beige or grey-ish blue tones of slate for a uniform look or ramp up the 'wow' factor with multi-coloured slate in a mellow palette of ochre, purple, grey and rust.
Where a soft and neutral natural stone is sought, travertine and limestone provide the answer. Sheeny and subtly textured with a pleasing polished surface, in lighter tones they won't overpower a modern décor but, rather, they will add elegant style and are ideal for use in bathrooms, kitchens and open plan spaces.
Please visit our Camberley showroom for natural stone floor and tile displays and advice, or call us on 01276 691 501 – we have a comprehensive range of products and our knowledgeable team will be on hand to help you find just the right stone for your project.