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.
“Mixing materials as well as finishes—honed, polished, leathered—adds
––Kelli Corkill, designer with Venetian Tile & Stone Gallery.
“Natural stone isn’t just about slabs,” says Kelli Corkill, designer with Venetian Tile & Stone Gallery. “It has been used as a building material for centuries, but we’re now seeing more contemporary designs using stone paired with metal and glass.” Fact is, homeowners are, dare we say, loving stone to pieces. Intricately cut fragments and shapes of natural stone are paired with assorted metals and glass, as well as antique mirror and contrasting stones in striking designs, ranging from geometrically modern to richly opulent. “They have become the new wallpaper for today’s accent and feature walls,” Corkill says. They perform similar magic on floors and surprising details throughout the home. Consider all of the possible stone pairings as well as dynamic designs, and you have hundreds and hundreds of ways to deliver bold pattern-play to your décor.