River rocks, found on the beaches of Indonesia, are a popular material for bathroom and shower floors. Like other natural stones, they have a pleasing variation in color, size, and beauty that complements a number of different homes. In addition, many people choose to use the stones because of the way that they feel underfoot. With the rounding tops of the stones pressing on the feet, they can help massage the feet, offering a spa feeling to the bathroom.
These are not the only applications for river rocks, however. These beautiful stones can be used on walls and ceilings as well. A lot of current trends in home design are leaning more toward natural products and textures that can invoke the feeling of nature within the home. River rocks differ from other natural stone products because each stone is left intact and mortared together with the others, rather than being cut or polished.
Installing river rocks on the ceiling or walls of a shower along with a waterfall or deluge showerhead can help produce a very natural and aesthetically pleasing look in the shower. If an entire wall of the rocks is too much for a small space, a border of the stones can be run at eye level or used to surround each wall to help give the same effect.
River rocks can also be installed in other areas of the home besides the bathroom. Smaller-sized rocks and flatter varieties can make beautiful additions to a kitchen backsplash. Larger or “King sized” pebbles can be used to cover the surround of a fireplace, making a particularly dramatic look when extending to the ceiling.
For outdoor use, river rocks can make a beautiful addition to gardens, pathways, patios, and pool decks. Whether mortared into place or left loose, river rocks can help complement a variety of outdoors spaces, providing a peaceful, Zen setting and a pleasing feel underfoot.
While river rocks may retain their popularity on bathroom and shower floors, be sure not to overlook them for a variety of other applications as well.