Incorporating natural stone inside your home can help to seamlessly blend the indoor and outdoor living spaces of the home. Many Hudson Valley homes work to incorporate the natural elements of nature into their environments though the use of water, fire, wind, and earth. Stone represents the earth element in the design plan very well. It is available in a diverse color and texture selection and easy to match up to any décor.
Fireplace, Mantle and Hearth
Using natural stone to create the fireplace of your dreams can be a fun and creative process. Match the hearth and the mantle piece or use complimentary stone. Bluestone, stone veneer, river rock, slate, and all offer different styles that are quite varied compared to traditional brick.
Granite is a natural stone that makes wonderful countertops. You can use them in your kitchen or bathroom areas for a gorgeous finish. It is amazing how updating your counters can transform your interior living spaces.
Popular for many years, stonewalls are commonly seen used in dining rooms and living rooms. Feature walls add interest and depth to the room, and can tie in nicely with the fireplace material. The use of up lighting or running water on the stone can create an incredible ambience.
Entry Way / Mud Room
Natural stone has a unique beauty to it. As no two stones are the same, they all fit together and perfectly compliment one another. Using stone in your entry way is excellent for muddy boots and rainy days. Easy to wipe up, you won't have to worry about staining your carpet or destroying your wood floors with moisture. Natural stone floors make an easy transition to whatever flooring is in the rest of your home. Having a natural stone floor can be a lifesaver when you are in a high-traffic area. Slate is a popular choice and can be laid similar to tile.
Customizing a pebble shower surround, while certainly labor intensive, can be well worth the effort. When you are finished doing the shower walls and floor, it will feel like you are at one with nature every time you use it.