Stone in interior design
Stone is one of the oldest, most versatile, and most durable building and design materials around. It can also be the most stunning, awe-striking, and visually exciting materials you can work with if you know how to approach it the right way. Bad stone can be heavy, intimidating, and off-putting, but well-used stone can create a visual impact that stays with you for a long time.
In addition, the stone is unmatched for its texture, both tactile and visual, as well as creating a dramatic feel and emotional resonance. A little design inspiration and some helpful pointers can have you incorporating stone into your spaces inside and out in a way that will truly make a statement.
This gorgeous kitchen is one of the best examples of modern stone usage. Really, it wouldn’t matter what style the cabinets and lighting are designed in, the white fantasy granite tile backsplash and countertops are the core of the design and for good reason. White granite is so clean and welcoming no matter what it is paired with, but when darker tones are used as the compliment it becomes really striking.
This amazing architectural piece is a great example of how modern stone design can bring a whole new excitement to a traditionally styled structure. This nit could be used for planters, incorporated into a fountain scape outside, and re-conceived as steps into the home or from the porch to the yard. The curves carry the eye around in a very pleasing way, while the warmth of the stone, even in this lighter tone, brings a calming feel while still generating interest.
Dramatic Modern Bathroom
Here we see one of the most striking bathroom designs you can go for with marble vanity tops. Simple and yet so exciting. Marble is available in so many colors that it just lends itself to mixing for dramatic effect and here the drama is at it highest to be sure. The white marble backsplash brightens up the room, while the elegant black marble vanity creates a solid, foundational point that anchors the space. The use of wood to break up the monotony of the stone adds a freshness to the base of the vanity, smoothly concealing the hidden storage drawers for towels and toiletries. The wood is carried along the side accent wall, and the floor gets into the act by showing wood can be just as dramatic as its stone counterparts. The marble, especially in the vanity countertop, is, of course, the star of the show, and it carries the part very well.
Unique Applications Around The Pool
Stone used in architectural design adds so many possibilities that you may not have thought of. Of course when you look at this picture, the first thing you see is the stone archway for the porch covering the bar and the beautiful stone columns supporting it, you also notice the side rail of the pool has been capped in stone to carry the look and feel of the columns and archway down to the interaction level, but look more closely, the pool has been fitted with several small courtesy tables for guests to rest their refreshments on while they soak in the cooling water and enjoy conversation. The tops of the tables are situated just high enough that they may have less than half an inch of water flow over them at times but no more. The bases of the tables are also heavy stone so they stay in place under their own weight. The stone is the same used in the other applications here, and in the unseen bar top as well as the buffet countertop and BBQ grill siding on the other side of the pool. Complementing stone can be used for dining and accent tables and stone accent panels can be set into the wooden deck to add interesting and unexpected unity around the entire recreational space.
Fresh Take on A Classic Kitchen
The classic white colonial kitchen is given a fresh modern take by adding in a mini-tile high-gloss granite backsplash and a countertop in various deep earth tones. The core of the room becomes a visual centerpiece thanks to a matching granite island top. Accents can be done in sandstone and darker granite, dare we say even black, would be great for flooring to give a unified stone look throughout the kitchen. The sleek modern look complements the white classic style cabinets perfectly.
Bathroom of Tomorrow
Gray slate stone tiles in the hexagon are the perfect way to add a futuristic look to a small space such as the bathroom shown here. The color of the tiles is carried through to the stone vanity and accepted by the lighter gray ceramic tiles and the chrome and stainless steel hardware and fixtures, such as the bidet wand and controls, notice the small black accents on the control knobs, they are carried along to the controls for the sink and the bathtub as well. The stark white modern toilet adds a geometric juxtaposition to the other angular elements. On the other side of the room, the large rectangle of the white bathtub adds more interesting visual play. Hidden lighting behind the mirror in bright white adds to not only the color and geometry play but also to the futuristic look. The lighting is LED and can be adjusted in brightness and color if desired.
Rule Breaking Stone Desing Usage
It has often been said that you should avoid doing stone on stone in décor, but to that we say hogwash. Stone on stone can be very exciting and can give a deep feel if you do it the right way. The best way is to make sure that you are using as much wood, metal, and glass accent items as you are stone. A good rule of thumb is this for one stone item, have one glass, one metal, and one wood (so 3 to 1 ratio). Also, try to use different stones to give visual variety. Here we see the use of a quartz cube base for a brass lamp. The use of a different stone that then marble countertop, choosing a different shape (in this case cube for the base on the oblong tabletop, and the shiny metal of the lamp works, what you cannot see is that the lamp shade itself is camel tinted cut glass with wood framing. The amber picks up the color of the microfiber chair beside the table, while the wood harkens over to the large fireplace on the other side of the room with its carved mantle. The whole look comes together to give this set up a very solid and charming appearance that maintains a modern look and yet is welcoming and warm.
Go Big and Make a Statement
This traditional southern style home gets a fresh new look to its fireplace wall by going floor to ceiling with rough-hewn stone. The use of a full stone fireplace wall in colors that pick up the lacquered wood floor gives the room unity and carries the eye up toward the artwork over the mantle. The white wooden mantle and window frames give a visual balance to the darker earth tones of the stone wall and wood floor. The room is finished out with a carefully curated combination of rustic looking accents and sleek modern accessories.
Stone is Great Inside and Out So Why Not At the Same Time
Stone is perhaps the most versatile design material you can get. It looks great inside and out, and that is shown clearly here where stone is used not only for the walls of the glass panel accented staircase but also carried outside via the glass panel walls of the gathering room to the deck outside. Once outside the stone continues to play an integral part of the back of the house, sweeping down to be incorporated into the patio, and unseen here further out into the yard as a railing toper for the deck, and planters around the pool area. The tiles are another form of stone, carefully matched and polished to complement the stone walls of the stairwell.
Bricks Were Once Stone, So Give ‘Em a Chance
When we are talking about stone we often forget our old friend the brick. Basic, simple, rustic, and understated the brick is one of the most versatile stone items you can use both inside and outside of your structure. Here we see where the bricks used on the outside of the building have been given a roughening up and incorporated into an interior accent wall. This simple treatment gives the space the feel of a pseudo-industrial space, but when paired with the modern and sleek non-stone design components turns the feel more into Post-SoHo. The smooth, polished brown granite of the floor with its bright but thin grouting gives a touch of differing visual appeal that carries the eye back outside through the soaring glass windows to the stone porch flanked by the high brick walls on either side.