Natural stones like granite, marble and limestone are materials typically saved for bathrooms, kitchens and exterior projects. Having been formed millions of years ago deep within the Earth’s crust these rocks are hard wearing and easily maintained making them the obvious choice for areas of the home where a wipe-clean, waterproof surface is essential. They are often considered to add a cooler tone to an interior design, which works well as a shower surround, or kitchen worktop paired with warmer wooden cabinets, but could feel ‘off’ elsewhere. However, we are seeing a trend towards using natural stones in less common interior settings, and in both minimalist schemes, bolder maximalist designs and everything in between.
Marble topped bedside tables and chest-of-drawers are making a comeback. Marble used on bedroom furniture was first popularised during the Rococo era of the 1840s, and it is increasing in popularity again today. In an attempt to make more planet friendly choices, we see more and more people up-cycling the pieces they already have by adding a marble top. Particularly popular is adding a marble top inspired by the Rococo period, to a mid-century modern piece of furniture, bringing together two big hitters in interior history, and balancing the cool natural stone with a warm wood.
Another surface in the house vulnerable to spills, chips and scratches, is the dining table, so it needs to be made of sturdy stuff, and fewer things are sturdier than natural stones. Whilst there may be concerns that such a large piece of stone would create a feeling of hardness, in this example the polished limestone is warmed up alongside the deep green walls, rattan table mats and luscious houseplants. By approaching your local stone mason for a dining table, you can pick the stone yourself and have it cut to your exact design and size requirements, giving you a completely bespoke piece of furniture.
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your bedroom, whether it’s a working fireplace or not, you may be tempted by a tiled hearth, after all, who wants a hunk of natural stone on their bedroom floor. However, there are softer options than traditional hearth materials like granite or slate. Why not try a textured limestone or marble tile for a light, but natural look.
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