Top 4 Natural Stones for a Luxury Finish
The aesthetic beauty of natural stone is hard to beat. Being a naturally made substance, each stone is unique in terms of colour, pattern, texture and strength. Natural stone can be implemented throughout the interiors and exteriors of residential and commercial structures. Here are our top 4 favourite natural stones.
Marble is the most distinct of the natural stone types because of its characteristically large veins and comes in a multitude of colours and styles. Marble adds a sense of luxury to kitchens and bathrooms and can be applied to almost every surface including walls, vanities, flooring and bench-tops. Marble is quite porous and will require a sealant to prevent damage from scratches and staining.
Granite is a popular natural stone choice, especially in bench-tops because of its high durability. It is more resistant to scratches and staining than marble and is denser and stronger than all the other natural stones, making it ideal for high traffic areas. There are two distinct types of granite slabs; consistent, which contains the same pattern throughout, and variegated where beautiful veining provides a statement look.
Limestone is formed from sedimentary materials and comes in vast array of textures. It can be sanded to create a smooth finish or machine-tumbled to create a worn, rustic look. Limestone is commonly used both internally and externally around the home and in comparison to other natural stones, limestone tiles actually require very little maintenance.
Sandstone comes in many different forms and colours and has many different uses. The typical roles of sandstone include multiple interior and exterior functions including pavers, flooring and wall cladding. Sandstone creates beautiful interior living environments. It’s thermally neutral, remaining at ambient temperatures and doesn’t overreact to heat or cold, and also doesn’t deteriorate as a result of thermal expansion and contraction. Sandstone flooring, in particular, has become extremely popular among designers and interior design specialists. This flooring isn’t just elegant, it’s also a good way of creating a design setting. The floor takes up the main accessible living space in any room, and sandstone flooring provides a huge range of possibilities for both colour and texture in design.
2022 Stone & Tile Trends
Experimenting and pushing the boundaries is what 2022 is all about. The developments of new tile technologies, has allowed for unique cuts and objects to enter the design world, pushing limits. Natural stone is popular, and will continue to be incorporated in both outdoor and indoor living spaces. Products such as granite, marble or slate are the prevalent stone trends of 2022. Earthy colours, timber hues and stone are making an appearance this year and it is crucial to keep updated on these new trends making sure you can adapt your new space to its full design potential. Here are some tile trends you should keep an eye out for this year, to embrace new design elements in your next development or renovation.
Black and white will never go out of trend, and is surely sticking around for 2022. This colour scheme is always a perfect one to incorporate if you are looking for a timeless and luxurious look. Dark and light tones create a cool mood to an environment. To create this look, large slabs of natural marble stone tiles and black mosaic tiles are a great tip. Black tiles with a matching black grout is also seen as a great mixture for a smooth and modern kitchen backsplash.
It seems like the glossy tile will be heading out slowly, as we’re set to see more matt designs. Matt tiles allow for shape and colour to become a focus rather than the glassy polish of gloss tiles. The matt looks will provide sophistication and minimalism to your space, especially when contrasted with metallic fixtures.
Say goodbye to those speckled granite kitchen countertops, and hello to a more minimalist alternative for 2022. Materials such as limestone and exotic marble are becoming the top choice to be less showy. Designers are opting for limestone and marble as they give off a subtle look which is better suited for busy areas like the kitchen. Large porcelain tiles and slabs with stone look appearances are new to the market and one of the big trends of2022.
Floors and tabletops and not the only place you can use limestone within your design. It is now being incorporated on the wall adding a sense of vibrancy and texture to any room. Limestone and shell-stone are becoming the new trend of interior design. It is becoming such a versatile design piece being used as a decorative wall, textured all over aesthetic look or just a simple display. These stone pieces have a distinct look which have all designers incorporating them within their projects.
Light It Up
Natural stones can curve and shape light. This stone absorbs part of light, creating vibrant spotlights throughout a space. A trend which is being used in 2022, is highlighting the nature of limestone. This can be done by placing a light behind the stone to amplify and show off its curves and veins.
Be sure to check out the Deemah Stone range to incorporate these key trends in your next design!