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Thanks to the wide range of natural stone available; coming in many different sizes, shapes and colours, there is sure to be a stone suitable for use throughout your home. Whilst natural stone can be a more expensive option than other materials, it really does last a lifetime.
Here, the Stone Gallery looks at different options for using natural stone in the interior and exterior of a home.
As a durable, hard wearing and waterproof product, natural stone is especially suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.
Whether you are trying to achieve a country kitchen look, or a modern sleek style, there is a natural stone that will look great on the floor.
Slate or travertine can help create a contemporary feel, whereas limestone can give a traditional flagstone look. And, if you really want to add the wow factor to a kitchen, marble work surfaces will last forever - although they can be an expensive option!
There is a belief that being closer to nature makes us calmer and more relaxed, so like the name suggests, natural stone can bring a natural and tranquil sense to a bathroom. It is also associated with luxury so can add a boutique hotel feel and, as many bathrooms are on the small scale, using large format natural stone tiles on the wall and floor can make a bathroom appear larger.
Previously, natural stone was thought of as being cold and unwelcoming, with many people conjuring up images of drafty old manor houses, but with some clever styling tips it can give a cosy and unique feel to a family living room.
Colours and texture play large parts in adding natural warmth to a room, so choose a natural stone that comes in warming tones, such a browns, auburns and yellows. Then on top of the natural stone, add some rugs to bring cosiness and give a soft touch underfoot. These can really help to marry up your room styling with your natural stone floor.
Additionally, natural stone is a great conductor for underfloor heating, so there is the option of adding real warmth too.
Due to the durability of natural stone, when using it in your garden, it will last for many years longer than decking. The resulting look will depend on the stone you choose, but if you want a contemporary look in your garden, choose Granite or Indian sandstone, which comes in a variety of different colours. On the other hand, to create more of a country garden look choose York stone, or even go for crazy paving.
One of the many benefits of natural stone is its versatility meaning it can be cut into many different shapes, allowing you to create a truly unique feature in your garden. Additionally, as natural stone is extremely resilient to weather conditions, you won't need to use a sealant to protect it, just give it a jet wash every so often to remove debris and stains.
We have an extensive range of natural stone at the Stone Gallery to suit every room of your home. Pay a visit to our Camberley showroom or call us on 01276 691 501 if you'd like to find out more.