Using natural materials in your interior design project can be a great way to get an interesting design that will last the test of time. From wood to stone, natural materials look great and can suit nearly every design theme imaginable. But using stone in your design can be a challenge, especially if youve never worked with it before. Use this guide to using stone in your design and youll be sure to get a design that you will love for years to come.
One of the most common and affordable ways to decorate with stone in your bathroom or kitchen design is by installing stone tile. Stone tiles can come in a wide variety of materials from granite to marble and can be used in shower enclosures, countertops and backsplashes to create a powerful design element that suits nearly any design theme or dcor. Stone tiles can be more expensive than conventional tiles but last longer and can be more durable than ceramic tiles.
A common way to decorate around fireplaces and mantelpieces is by using large stones set in mortar. Rustic living room designs especially benefit from stone interiors. And since larger stones come in such a wide variety of materials, you can be sure youre going to choose a stone texture and color that suits your design theme perfectly. When installing any stone material, be sure to choose a local stone quarry for the best savings.
Medium sized stones are typically around 6-8 inches in diameter and can be used for many different design ideas from bathroom designs for the shower enclosure to outdoor areas for walkways and patios. Medium sized river rock are smooth and round stone materials that work great for floors, but can also be used on walls to create interesting vertical, diagonal or random patterns. Choose a colored mortar mix and add to the luster of any medium stone design.
Smaller sized stones make for a unique textured look that makes an appealing addition to most design themes. Small river rock can be manipulated together on walls and floors using a clear coat of laminate to adhere the stones in place. These smaller stones work best in dry areas like bedroom or living room designs. Wet conditions should be avoided when using smaller laminated stones as they can get very slippery underfoot. Add a mixture of colorful river rocks or a few medium sized river rocks to break up the monotony of the smaller river rock look.