Natural stone has a lot of depth and interest in every piece. At times, however, some homeowners may want to add to this depth by mixing two or three different stones together in one installation. This added color, veining, and interest can have a dramatic impact on the room as a whole. Many different types of natural stone lend themselves perfectly to this type of blending; choosing stones to blend together can be simple when you know what to look for.
One way to choose different stones to mix together is to look for matching or coordinating colors. For example, Bianco Carrara and Bardiglio are nearly mirror images of one another – Bianco Carrara is a white stone with gray veins while Bardiglio is a gray stone with white veins. These two stones naturally pair well with one another; using both in the same installation steps up the contrast in the space and increases the depth of the design.
You can also choose different stones based on analogous colors or by colors that would work well in the same design despite having nothing to do with one another. Celeste Blue and Ming Green pair beautifully with one another and with Bianco Carrara. The pale shades of these two stones are analogous and therefore will work well in any installation.
Another way to select stones to mix together is to stay within the same stone family. For example, you may want to mix together limestones like Lagos Azul and Lagos Gold. Both have the same soft finish and minimal veining or fossil marks on their surfaces, so they pair well together. Mixing a stone like Lagos Azul with a more prominent stone like Verde Luna wouldn’t have the same effect because the soft finish of the Lagos Azul would be too much of a contrast to the highly variable Verde Luna.
Choosing more than one natural stone to use in an installation is a beautiful way to increase the depth and interest of any space. Consider pairing any stone with another of similar character to get more out of any design.