STONE SE­LEC­TION MAKES PLACE ROCK RIGHT PICK REPLI­CATES NAT­U­RAL WORLD

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Janita Singh De­tails: tile.com.au MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 7, 2015

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.

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