While natural stone has long been popular in entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms, many people hesitate to use it in the main living areas of their home, worried about how it will wear and how it will look with the rest of their style. Lately, however, influences from around the world have been affecting how people view their floors, with images on Houzz and Pinterest showing beautiful stone floors throughout the home. There are many beautiful natural stone choices that work well in living and family rooms, and that can complement many different decors at the same time.
One of the most popular types of stone flooring to use in these areas is limestone and travertine. These soft, calcite-based stones have a honed or matte finish that creates a welcoming backdrop for the rest of the room’s furnishings. They also come in a number of different soft, neutral colors like tan, cream, taupe, gray, and brown, and many of them coordinate well with one another, so you can mix two or three different stones together in a pattern. Limestone and travertine work particularly well in these spaces when installed in large format stones of 16-inches or larger, or in patterns such as strapping, step, or Versailles to maximize the stone’s variation.
Slate is another popular stone for use on the floor in living areas. Slate is very durable and hard wearing, as well as available in a wide range of different colors and textures. This means that slate can fit in perfectly with a Rustic or Country design, as well as in some Old World settings as well.
In modern and contemporary homes, marble with either a polished or a honed finish in large format sizes is often used throughout open floor plan homes. Classic stones like Bianco Carrara get an entirely new look when installed 36-inch tiles. The relatively few grout lines give the stone a contemporary look, while the classic veining helps keep the rooms from looking dated in just a few years.
Natural stone is the perfect complement to any room – not just those where it’s traditionally installed. Give the rooms of your home an update with natural stone flooring to gain new dimension and detail in any space.