STONE SELECTION MAKES PLACE ROCK RIGHT PICK REPLICATES NATURAL WORLD
GOING “au natural” with stone has become a serious decor contender.
Beaumont’s stone specialist, Angie Squires, says the trend for indoors is to replicate the natural world and stone is high on the list of materials. But while stone’s appeal adds value, choosing the right type is critical.
“Some stones such as sandstone are best used underfoot outdoors due to their texture, but they’re stunning indoors in niche spaces like a fireplace or a feature wall,’’ Squires says.
“In wet areas, avoid slippery stones like polished marble. And when it comes to cleaning, highly textured stones can take a bit of extra time whereas honed or polished stones are a breeze.”
Squires says there are three classifications of stone: igneous – it includes granites and basalts (bluestone); sedimentary – sandstone, limestone and travertine; and metamorphic – marble, slates and quartzites.
Here she explains the best use for each type. SEDIMENTARY: “Travertine is the quintessential versatile Aussie stone laid from the front gate and throughout the house to the pool area. Featuring soft tones with subtle swirls, it’s an easy look to live with,” Squires says. “Limestone is a softer and more muted stone that transcends all styles and seasons.”
Squires says to avoid lighter colours in wet areas where there is a risk of spills from acidic liquids.
“Darker limestones – the blacks, golds, reds and beige hues – are more forgiving,” she says. METAMORPHIC: “In metamorphic stones, marble stars throughout the home,” Squires says.
“Slates and quartzites are the rustic cousins and commonly used in stack stone cladding outdoors.
“Marble is durable and widely used in kitchens, bathrooms, on walls, porticos, and bench tops. When used outdoors it needs a textured finish such as an acid wash or sandblast to prevent slip.”
Set in stone … natural stone has become a popular feature of the modern home.