The not-so-secret secret of creating many of today’s most stylish spaces is, in two words, natural stone. We’re not talking your run-of-the-mill granite countertop or limestone hearth. These days, design pros are choosing special varieties of natural stone to transform surfaces and features in surprising and spectacular ways. Once considered unthinkable, today’s innovative stone applications and details prove that design possibilities are limited only by the imagination. For proof, we present five jaw-dropping features showcasing how natural stone can, dare we say, make any space rock.

Monumental Wall

Why be limited to paint and wallpaper when dressing a wall? Clad the surface in stone to create an eye-catching  design element unequalled in style and natural beauty. “Choose natural stone for spaces where you spend a lot of time, so you can really enjoy and experience it,” says interior designer Soma Pradhan. She teamed with European Marble & Granite and Jackson & Leroy to transform the two-story fireplace wall of an Emigration Canyon home into a dynamic architectural statement. They clad the floor-to-ceiling feature with three natural stones, placed bottom to top in the same order in which they would be found beneath the earth: Brown antiqued leathered granite, honed silver vein marble and Fantasy Brown leathered granite. The wall angles outward like a canyon wall and boasts bolts of silver, copper and gold-plated metals templated to match the stones’ natural veining while nodding to the geological origin of the earth-born materials.

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Brad Mee
Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.