The great masters of art each had their own ideas on what was considered truly beautiful. But each could agree that crafting art from stone started with the majesty and simplicity of the stone itself. Without a great piece to start with, there would be no beauty in it, no matter how good you were at your craft.
Stone, in the modern age, still holds this statement of enchantment. We can walk on stone, have walls surrounding us with stone or let it guide us through a garden. Each type of stone has its own quality and characteristics, that allows itself to be suited for any area. Its just up to the you where it is placed.
Everyones favourite, Marble. Used for centuries as a stone of high value and status. Caved into great works of art or spread along the floor of old Cathedrals, for the world to admire. Great for a feature in your home, like a splash back to your kitchen or a bench top in your bathroom. It is a strong stone that has a great look and has a wonderful feel. But it can scratch easily if not looked after. Marble is most commonly used as flooring, vanities, splash backs or benches. But that shouldn’t stop anyone from using it in more creative and stunning ways.
Limestone is a hard sedimentary rock that has been used to create some of the great wonders of the world, like the Pyramids of Egypt. Its warm colour palette is comforting to the eye while its soft texture and cool feel under foot provides a welcoming atmosphere. Don’t been fooled by this soft texture though, Limestone is strong and is more durable than even Travertine. Generally used for flooring or walling, Limestone can make a great feature around the pool or outdoor area.
Did you know that Travertine is formed by the deposits of hot mineral springs? It creates a flowing, sweeping appearance which is quite eye catching and has been used throughout the ages for its durability. Which can be admired still in grand landmarks around the world, like the Coliseum. It is still quite popular with architects when designing homes due to its strength and sponge-like appearance. However like most stone, it can scratch if not looked after properly. Suited for the outdoors, it can still look marvelous as flooring inside the home.
Sandstone is a sedimentary rock that compacts together using grains of sand. It represents all earth based qualities, from its colour to its texture. It is warm to look at and has a unique layering, leaving the stones texture quite striking and colourful. Sandstone tends to suite heritage homes and projects wanting that rustic look. But we careful, take care of sandstone, it is one of the softer types of stone.
Looking for something a little darker, try Bluestone. It is a volcanic stone that has a variety of finishes to suite anywhere in the home. It can be flamed or brushed to provide an outdoor area with added sophistication or honed for a softer feel under foot in a kitchen. Bluestone has an industrial look, which is great for anyone seeking a modern design and contemporary appearance.
Finally we have Granite, it is a naturally dense and hard wearing volcanic stone. Usually used outside the home, on driveways or in large scale commercial projects. It can also work well inside the home as a bench top or a splash-back. Granite provides a durability that surpasses all other stone types and its colour ranges from light grey to almost black.
Stone is simple in its creation and is sophisticated in its beauty. It is up to you how to use this natural material so it can look timeless and enchanting in ones home or project. The great masters of art would revel at the stone we can find and import anywhere from around the world. Make a statement that can stand the test of time and think about the stone that will do that best for you.
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