Designer Secrets For Letting Your Passion For Rocks Rock Your Style.
Rockhounds rejoice! With the myriad ways natural stone and minerals have been integrated into building materials and elements, it’s now easier than ever to incorporate your personal passion into your home’s personal style.
When thinking of tile, bathrooms and kitchens immediately come to mind. With good reason – they are the perfect canvas to show off some gorgeous stone. There are, however, other areas of the home where the warmth and beauty of rock and mineral elements can truly shine.
If your home has a foyer or entry, an insert or an entire floor of tile crafted from natural materials can set the tone for the entire living space. Pictured above, an easy to install, mesh backed tile created from natural pebble. Stunning when used on a wall for impact or a welcoming, unique choice when used to grace an entry floor, these pebble tiles can be found in a seemingly endless choice of color and textures.
When choosing the stone for your fireplace, it’s as important to think of function as well as form. Wood burning fireplaces, and the occasional smoke and soot that come with them, can wreck havoc on certain stones and minerals. The porosity of Limestone, for example, is exceptionally absorbent and susceptible to staining. Choose carefully to ensure you’re masterpiece doesn’t become your nemesis when it comes time to maintain its good looks. Slate, granite and marble all have the durability you need combined with the aesthetics you long for.
This backlit onyx powder room wall by RKI Interior Design shows just how mystifying and alluring an illuminated architectural element of stone or mineral can be.
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