Want to add stone to your home design? Look past floors and countertops
Natural stone isn’t just renowned for its beauty and durability – it can also add value to your home.
Imagine a standard living room with old carpeting and compare it to a space with gleaming marble floors. Which one would you rather spend time in?
Of course, floors and countertops are far from the only options when it comes to incorporating stone into your home design. If you really want to transform the look and value of your domicile, think outside the box.
All it takes to create a room is four walls and a roof, but what if you replaced one or more boring plasterboard walls with eye-catching natural stone wall cladding?
This is an easy way to bring the beauty of nature into your home, and as an added bonus, maintenance and cleaning will typically be less intensive compared to floors and countertops.
While it’s still important to protect your investment against stains and salt attack with a premium-quality impregnating sealer, cleaning limestone and other wall cladding will likely be much easier, as walls generally see less wear and tear than floors and countertops. After all, you won’t be walking or eating meals on your walls anytime soon.
So if you’re looking to make a room pop by adding an accent wall, forget the paint and let Mother Nature do the trick.
Combining decadence and practicality, nothing quite heats up a room both literally and figuratively like a crackling fireplace.
There’s something undeniably primal about fire, so what better way to add to the ambiance than having a natural stone fireplace?
There are plenty of products on the market that can make cleaning your stone fireplace a breeze, and the wide variety of stones you can choose from can transform your fireplace into a luxurious conversation piece or a more rustic addition to your home.
If an indoor fire isn’t quite your thing, you could consider a stone fire pit in your backyard. Imagine warming up with your friends and family in the great outdoors during the cooler months of the year. A well-placed fire pit can make your backyard the center of your home and open the door to numerous entertaining opportunities.
In keeping with bringing luxury to your home’s exterior, one popular way to work stone into your home design is to invest in a patio.
So many people have large backyards they rarely use, and while a well-manicured lawn is gorgeous in its own right, you can’t get as much use out of it when compared to a natural stone patio.
Why not split the difference and add a patio to your backyard’s lush greenery? That way you can keep the natural beauty of your yard’s grass, flowers, trees and shrubs in tact while also creating a wonderful space to entertain.
Is barbecuing your passion? Turn your patio into the perfect spot for burgeoning chefs. Or perhaps you just want a place to relax with an ice cold drink during summer and sunbathe? A patio makes the ideal location for a lounge chair.
However, keep in mind that natural stone left open to the elements often faces more dangers than stone used indoors. With that in mind, make sure you do your part to keep your natural stone patio looking great by opting for a surface treatment that will not only protect against stains caused by water and oil, but also defend against salt attack.
An high-quality impregnating sealer can do the trick booth inside and outside, keeping your natural stone in tip-top condition no matter where it’s located.
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