If you have made up your mind to use stone designing your house then you should study the different natural stone types which are used in residential decoration and construction. Study characteristics of marble, granite, sandstone, onyx, travertine, slate, etc which are used for decorative and construction purposes. You will be able to identify them easily, once you become familiar with the qualities and appearance of these natural stones.
The most eminent natural stone is granite. It is quite affordable, versatile and durable. As it has stain-resisting properties, it is great to be used in bathrooms and kitchens and also for patios, foyers, fireplace surroundings and pool areas.
Granite is available in a variety of different attractive colors such as green, cream, and grey, black and white. Granite tiles can be used for back splashes, showers, fireplaces, countertops and floors of the home. Granite tiles can also be used as accents and trims to complement the look of other tiles.
Marble offers an adorable classic look which is liked by many people, but it has less durability than granite. Having exquisite veining in contrast with a variety of different base colors, it gives a rich and unique look incomparable by other natural stones. Marble being soft in nature easily gets stains and scratches. It is best to be used in low traffic places of home to give them classic elegance. It is a great idea to use marble in bathrooms and kitchen but special care should be taken in order to prevent stains on marble back splashes and countertops. Generally, it is not suitable to be used in bathrooms as barrage of shampoos, soaps and several waterborne minerals would spoil it.
Slate gives a rugged and earthy look to your home. Popular as border and accent tiles, slate is used for large areas like walls and floor. Slate is available in a variety of different colors like gray gold, copper, green, cream, and black. Its earthy appearance creates elegant texture to floors, walls, fireplace surrounds and shower enclosures. It is less porous as compared to granite, durable, but soft to be affected by scratches.
Travertine is another elegant natural stone which gives a creamy and classic look. It offer combined attributes of limestone and marble. Finish it to polished gloss, or brush it for some soft look, or hone it to matte finish. It can be used anywhere like countertops, floors, showers and back splashes. It is more porous than granite. It requires less maintenance but regular sealing is required to avoid staining.
Granite is often used in kitchens for countertops as it is greatly bacteria-resistant. Slate, limestone and marble is used in fireplaces to produce rustic or refined effects. If you have made up your mind to used natural stone designs in your home, then it is advisable to visit different houses to check out the designs and usage of natural stones.
Use natural stone design for the flooring of foyer, bathroom, dining room and kitchen. As natural stone is moisture resistant and durable, many builders use it in above mentioned places of houses. The World Floor Covering Association has claimed that floors of natural stone, unlike other types of floors, improve with increasing age.