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Stone in Interior Design

Updated on October 8, 2014

Natural stone in Interior Design.

STONE is an amazing material for home improvements and commercial designs. Stone is a timeless material which will never date (if selected right). Natural stone has to be quarried, cut and finished. There are many types available which are really made by nature. Some of them are created by volcanoes and lava, some of the are created by riverbeds and oceans. In recent times, stone became very popular.           

GRANITE - The large group of granites consists mainly of magmatic rocks which were formed by the cooling of magma deep in the earth's crust. Their outward appearance is usually dappled. Some granites are also metamorphic in origin, having been created by the transformation of existing magmatic stone under high pressure (for example, during the development of mountain ranges). These metamorphic granites are typical for their variegated colouring and their flamed structure, which makes every individual tile and slab unique. All the granites are renowned for their outstanding technical qualities.

MARBLE - The large group of marbles contain both metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, all of which are composed of calciferous particles (calcite). Marble is a relatively homogenous and compact natural stone. Because it is relatively easy to work, but also because of its wide variety of different colours (red, white, pink, etc.), it has found many applications in the building industry: floors, staircases, fireplaces, etc.

LIMESTONE - Limestones are sedimentary rocks created by the accumulation and compression of fossils and/or stone fragments, such as quartz and calcium. The WHITE STONES also consist of compressed accumulations of fossils and/or calcium fragments, with a texture which is soft and easily workable. Certain types are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The majority of these limestones cannot be polished and are delivered with a lightly honed finish. The best known examples are the French white limestones, but other high quality types are available from Portugal, Turkey, etc. These types can be used for flooring, fireplaces, statues, etc.

SLATE - There are many different types of slate, dependent upon the clay from which they were formed. Slates are highly layered in structure. This gives the surface a 'split' appearance, but a lightly honed finishing is also possible. This makes the slates suitable for indoor and outdoor flooring, and also for use as a wall covering.

There are many different types of stone:

marble

limestone

granite

slate

sandstone

travetine

Choosing the correct natural stone

COLOUR

Every tile, every object in natural stone is unique, by virtue of the natural manner of its creation. The colouring is also 100% natural - a colouring formed by the different shadings of the mineral elements of which the stone is comprised. There is no such thing as 'identical with natural stone! Colours can even vary within the same quarry, thanks to the differing geological composition in the different strata. Moreover, this colouring can be used to create various types of effect: lighter colours make a space seem larger, whereas darker colours have the opposite result.

TEXTURE

The origin of the stone and its geological history are the main determining factors for texture. Take, for example, granite and basalt. Both stone types were formed from magma, but granite has a completely different geological history than basalt. Consequently, the two stones look very dissimilar. Granite has a mottled appearance, due to the fact that its mineral grains - in various sizes - can clearly be distinguished. In contrast, basalt appears to be very finely grained, due to the fact that its minerals had insufficient time to crystallise fully. Marbles have a generally 'softer' appearance, with typical 'veined' markings. Limestones still show traces of the fossilised shells and corals from which they were made.

SIZE

Size can also play an important role in the choice of natural stone tiles. Large format tiles give an impression of greater space. Smaller tiles have the opposite effect. Natural stone for use on floors and walls is available in square tiles and random lengths. For surfaces which are often exposed to changes in temperature (such as flooring next to large windows or on an outdoor terrace), it is advisable to work with square tiles with a maximum size of 40 cm x 40 cm. The use of random lengths in such circumstances is not recommended. The thickness of the natural stone is generally determined by the weight it will be required to bear and by the level of stability it must provide. Specially calibrated thin tiles are available for renovation work (where thickness and weight can sometimes play a more crucial role) and/or for work where the stone must be glued into position.

FINISHING

The surface finishing of the natural stone is a key factor in determining its final appearance, but also plays an important role in helping to decide which material should be used for which application. For outdoor use, there is tendency to opt for a 'rougher' finish (because of its enhanced anti-slip qualities). This also means that the stones are generally lighter in colour. For decorative interior work the choice usually falls on one of the polished finishes, since these highlight more clearly the colour and structure of the stone. Remember, however, that rougher finishes are more difficult to maintain, whilst polished finishes (particularly in busy locations) can quickly become scratched.

Stone Design

I love stone mosaics and I think stone mosaics are cool. You can use them in the kitchen, shower area or as main vocal point.

Stone Gallery

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Original rustic lookingStyle's Venetian mosaic. From originalstyle.comFlores frosted glass pebble mosaics by Original Style are a new take on traditional mosaics.From originalstyle.comSilurian stone mosaic tiles. Available in polished or honed.From originalstyle.comVisit msistone.comRiver stone mosaics by AphroChic on Flickr
Original rustic lookingStyle's Venetian mosaic. From originalstyle.com
Original rustic lookingStyle's Venetian mosaic. From originalstyle.com
Flores frosted glass pebble mosaics by Original Style are a new take on traditional mosaics.From originalstyle.com
Flores frosted glass pebble mosaics by Original Style are a new take on traditional mosaics.From originalstyle.com
Silurian stone mosaic tiles. Available in polished or honed.From originalstyle.com
Silurian stone mosaic tiles. Available in polished or honed.From originalstyle.com
Visit msistone.com
Visit msistone.com
River stone mosaics by AphroChic on Flickr
River stone mosaics by AphroChic on Flickr

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      storytimesam 4 years ago

      great lens... very informative and helpful in the future. Thanks for sharing.

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      MrAdvice LM 5 years ago

      Just did the travertine in a brick pattern. Turned out great!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really provide the proper information about the design , i wil design a website relevant to this are ,as i am Norwich Web Design . good to see the lens .

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      Nicks99 5 years ago

      Hi DesiLengend, Its a wonderful lens that you have created on stone designs. I think granite is a great option for flooring and for use in other places. But the same time granite and marble are expensive stones. Using other titles is a good option.

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      henryheli 5 years ago

      Superb lens.I really liked it.

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      jtbmetaldesigns 5 years ago

      I just love the textures and colors of different natural stone. Can't wait to incorporate stone into my sculptures. Please visit my lenses!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Love all these natural stone options! Great lens with fabulous links! Wonderful resource!

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      ionlabs 5 years ago

      Granite is one of the best surfaces to use for your counter tops

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am always fascinated by granite marble tile. Is this not to difficult to maintain?

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      ceramictiles 5 years ago

      Stone is a great alternative to ceramic tiles in bathrooms and kitchens.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      A Useful and Attractive Lens.

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      inhousefinancing 5 years ago

      My brother and I did a little bit of both. We used polished tile in the bathroom and natural stones for the back splash in the kitchen. There is nothing like the beauty of stones.

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      autofanatic 5 years ago

      Polished/finished stone is nice, but it's been so over done lately that I'm tired of seeing it. Give me a rustic stone fireplace. Better yet, show me something in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! I love the stone in interiors, specially combined with other natural materials like soft fabrics or wood

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love to bring nature indoors, and using stone is a lovely way to decorate.

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      food monkey 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      JerrySalem 6 years ago

      I think it would be even more helpful for some of your readers if they were made aware that there are various types of 'natural stone tile', some of which are only cheap immitations of their genuine cousins! I'm currently building a lens all about identifying real stone tiles from the cheaper, lesser varieties - feel free to share it with your readers.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We incorporated in our kitchen and entrance some slate and it is often complimented. In our new place, we incorporated stone on the wall and it is a feature than enhances the place.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My friend's parents house has a marble table top and it always blows me away. There is such a plethora of amazing uses we have found for stone - aqueducts, coliseum, archways, roads... back in the day they even used rocks as wheels! haha. As one of the most plentiful resources on Earth I sure am glad it's got as many beautiful uses.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      The closest we get to this is by having interior brick walls. Bricks are great though for keeping the house a more stable temperature - which I'm sure stone would too.

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      Chlorata 6 years ago

      In 2 weeks i will move into my new house - a very empty house- and i intend to create a stone wall. Your lens was really helpful. great resources you've put up here. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      "Salve Roma"

      The Romans paved the way for us to really enjoy stone.

      Such beauty and craftsmanship.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Stones, granite and marble they make the homes look like real artistic creations. Stone structures and art are simply stunning. I could not help but marvel at the strength of stones that imparted protection to the gigantic castles and palaces that are still standing the passage of time and have survived many disasters.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      I always like interior decoration with stones and granite. Good lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love the look of stone worked into the interior design of a home. Nice job!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love the look of stone worked into the interior design of a home. Nice job!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      We have granite countertops in our kitchen and I have to say they are by far one of the best attributes of our home. Sure wish I had granite or marble in the bathrooms. ...sigh,,,

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lovely lens. A previous comment says that stone may not fit ones your design criteria. I disagree stone comes in so many designs, types sizes, thicknesses i fail to see how one cannot find one to fit. Nothing better than Natural Stone Tiles

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      dorotheajames 7 years ago

      Beautiful bathroom design. The natural stone is lovely. Thanks for all o fthe great information. Great lens.