SOME MORE NATURAL STONE DESIGNS 2020 PART II

SOME MORE NATURAL STONE DESIGNS 2020

ELEGANCE OF DESIGN

Natural Stone Designs specializes in custom fabrication and installation of natural, engineered, and semi-precious stone for any creative project.

We offer a one-stop-shop that showcases exotic and unique stones, tiles, and a variety of other materials suited for any exquisite and distinctive taste or décor. We have an in-house registered interior designer who can work on schematics, custom designs, finish selections, and space planning.

We have found a niche in the high-end residential, luxury transportation, hospitality, health care, and commercial real estate industries. Our work can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, and other main areas of residences.

Other accomplishments are evident in office buildings, hotels, malls, monument signs, and outdoor projects. Overall, our team is a reflection of our quest for elegance in the design and execution of high-quality workmanship.

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  • Kitchens
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  • BBQ Grills
  • Fireplaces
  • Walls
  • Stairs
  • Tables
  • Lobbies

“I am blown away by the workmanship, the efficiency of the install, and how quickly you were able to do my job. I couldn’t be 

Note: an earlier version of this article originally appeared on our website.

Whether you’re planning a complete remodel or a minor refresh, small details can go a long way in kitchen and bath projects. The varied options within the natural stone can elevate any room.

The intense movement of more highly-veined materials is trending in natural stone today.

One way homeowners can add warmth and a sense of calm in their rooms is by bringing in organic materials such as natural stone. While natural stone has been used throughout the home for centuries, experts agree that homeowners today are mindful of how they use the materials and are showing off its true beauty. 

Natural stone’s millennia-long popularity has not flagged one Artistic Tile, is seeing a movement towards more highly veined materials and colorful natural stone. That’s not to say it’s all about color all the time. “White and grey will likely remain popular for several more years, but more adventurous designers and homeowners are beginning to embrace striking natural stones whose intense movement and dramatic colors make a statement out of a surface,” he said. 

Kitchen Trends

Ornate and colorful backsplashes are making bold statements including backsplashes going up the entire wall behind stoves and above countertops.

Incorporating natural stone as a backsplash is one easy way to update and create a bold look in a kitchen. “The spaces that resonate with us and have an impact are most often created from natural stone,” said Epstein. “Manufactured products…do not offer the intrinsic warmth or authority of natural products.” 

When it comes to points out the mixing of materials, including natural stones: two types of stone for countertops, or a kitchen island that is different from the perimeter countertops. 

Where kitchens have been dominated by white over the past several years, he is delighted to see color finally making a comeback. “We’re seeing more ornate and colorful backsplashes, and in a continuing trend, those backsplashes are now going up the entire wall behind stoves and above countertops,” he said. “Where designers once created smaller decorative panels, now they’re using more decorative elements on the entire backsplash, and turning backsplashes into feature walls that envelop hoods, surround cabinets, and reach up to the ceiling.”

Less-polished stone finishes such as dark granites with leathered finishes are embraced in kitchens and disguise fingerprints and watermarks,

the use of waterfall slabs for countertops and islands, and a move toward the modern minimal look of slabs flowing from countertops up onto backsplashes, waterfalled at the countertop edge so they run from ceiling to floor, with vein-matching or book-matching across each component.

He is noticing homeowners choosing different kinds of textures to add interest in their kitchens. She observes that clients are choosing less high-polished materials in favor of leathered and suede finishes, which she calls casual and sophisticated, noting that these finishes also disguise fingerprints and watermarks. She’s seeing natural stone being used in unique ways that take advantage of its durability as a material. Her clients love Quartzites with elegant veining, as well as dark granites in a leathered finish. 

Quartzite’s with elegant veining are contemporary favorites in natural stone.

Natural stone is a great way to create a statement piece. “Choose a colorful slab as the centerpiece and decorate around it,” “Go for monotone or high-contrast themes. Other options include adding light under your cabinets to highlight your backsplash, and book-match or vein-match whenever you can.”

A kitchen needs a design element that creates a focal point. he and his team then carefully pair that focal point with other materials that won’t compete with the core piece. Neutralizing some elements – so there are layers of interest – is key.

“Updating your backsplash or countertop will make a huge difference in your kitchens aesthetic,” said Epstein, who updates her own backsplash once every 15-20 years. “If you choose timeless materials, you shouldn’t need to update it any more frequently than that. If you need a complete overhaul, dig in, and do it!”

Bathroom Trends

Choose a colorful slab are focusing on one special material in the space and pairing it with materials that complement its unique character. For a recent project, she and her client chose a unique marble that they cut in large pieces and installed in a herringbone pattern. It’s a classic design but blown up in scale. 

Today’s homeowners are making a greater commitment to bold bathrooms that are making a statement and leaving behind the sparse and monolithic look of recent years.

Whether it’s full-height wall tile installations, patterns on floors or walls, or selecting warmer and richer natural materials in general, bathrooms are not as cold as they’ve been in the past. The variety of natural stone options and applications are helping to shape this trend. 

Learn more about using natural stone in kitchen and bath design.

SOME MORE NATURAL STONE DESIGNS 2020 PART II
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