Now natural stone in the interior has been replaced by artificial materials. But the aesthetic qualities of the original are always higher than the copy, so natural stone will never lose its relevance. If only because a person feels the “magnetism” of natural materials at a subconscious level.
Dimensions and shape
For a long time, noble breeds of natural stone have not been used in the form of building blocks. Even in ancient times, and even more so in the current pragmatic time, walls and columns were tiled.
But many decorative elements of the interior are still made either from a solid block of natural stone, or from part of it – a slab, which is a flat large slab.
Moreover, for the interior they choose rocks of a high decorative attractiveness. The most common are granite and marble, which have a beautiful texture and luxurious colors..
Most often, the slab goes to the manufacture of countertops. Due to its good resistance to mechanical damage and high temperatures, the stone is ideal for use in the kitchen.
And in order to maintain the unity of style, stone window sills are often installed in a “pair” with countertops.
In addition to the kitchen, stone countertops can be found in the living room at the dining table or at the coffee table in the relaxation area..
Bathroom and toilet
There are at least two stone finishes for a conventional cast iron, metal or acrylic bathtub: traditional cladding of a bowl standing on the floor, spa-style design when the bowl is installed in a stone floor.
If we consider the “evolution” of the bathtub since the ancient world, then the first materials for them were wood and stone. And now baths are made of stone, and they belong to the “elite”.
The stone bathtub can stand alone, and harmoniously complement the stone cladding of the floor and walls made of slabs with the same texture and color palette, or be designed as a spa area with its own stone plinth.
Another element of the bathroom interior is the washbasin. It can also be made of stone, both in the form of a single bowl, and in the form of a double.
Rarely, but still there are toilet bowls made of marble, granite or onyx.
As well as earthenware models from elite collections of well-known manufacturers, they can be supplied with a bidet..
Separately, it should be said about the use of natural stone in such an exotic “bathhouse” for us as a hamam. Unlike a Russian bath or a Finnish sauna, here ceramics or natural stone are used as decoration rather than wood..
Stone figurines are among the most common type of decorative interior accessories. They can be found everywhere – in the kitchen, in the hallway, in the bedroom or in the office. There is one more place that seems to have been created for this – the shelf of a classic fireplace. It crowns the fireplace portal, which is made from natural stone..
But most modern models of solid fuel fireplaces with a closed hearth use marble and granite as a portal..
Their resistance to high temperatures is much higher than that of an artificial stone containing polymer resins.
Floors and stairs
The strength and moisture resistance of stone as a floor covering is appropriate not only in such “office spaces” as a bathroom, toilet and kitchen. This beautiful, but cold, material fits perfectly into the interior of the lobby or hall.
From such common areas of the first floor of a house, there are always stairs on several levels leading to the second or basement floor. And quite often the steps of internal stairs are made of marble or granite..
Of course, wooden or forged stair rails are more common, but lovers of “complete” harmony with marble or granite steps can always choose balusters and railings from the same material.