There are few things that beat being with people you love and experiencing something that puts you in awe. It could be traveling to another country, watching the sunrise or sunset, listening to water crash on the shore, watching wildlife, or admiring a massive mountain.
As humans, we are innately wired to appreciate and respect all that nature has to offer. But what do all the things mentioned have in common? They all take place outside.
What if we didn’t have to go anywhere to see pieces of nature? What if we could bring some of our favorite elements of the outside, inside to our home? What would you take?
In this article we look at how we can bring more natural stone into our indoor lives.
Whether you want to create a more Zen-like vibe in your home, you’re looking for an awesome DIY project, or trying to increase the value of your home, adding elements of nature will help you achieve any of those goals.
Here’s how natural stone can bring the wonders of the outside world in:
1.) Natural stone is a work of art.
Natural stone is beautiful by itself! It’s a bonus that can be used for almost anything: table tops, countertops, coffee tables, floor tiles, accent walls, fireplaces, etc. It’s also incredibly durable and requires very little maintenance to keep it looking beautiful.
For inspiration, think about some of your favorite hotels or spas. Everything about those spaces is designed to make you feel like royalty. What areas of your home could use a spa-like upgrade?
Consider colors and textures, too. The most neutral rooms can be given a touch of old-world elegance or rustic appeal with the simple addition of natural stone as an accent wall. Why buy art when your walls are artwork by themselves? All you need now is the right lighting and you’re all set to surprise your friends and family.
2.) Natural stones are sustainable.
Another huge positive is that the stone, its retrieval from a quarry, and the finishing of the stone, are all sustainable, causing minimal negative impact to the Earth and using none of the toxins found in processing and finishing wood.
You also don’t need to worry about maintenance. Natural stones are durable, beautiful, and can stand the test of time. That’s one of the main reasons why designers choose such materials for their clients. Granite countertops in the kitchen for instance, can better withstand heat and scratches than other popular options (e.g., laminate).
3.) Add personality to your home.
Picking out natural stone can be fun, as your choices will reflect your personality. From regal to contemporary to minimalist, you can mix and match to your heart’s desire. If you currently have stone in your house, what does your stone say about you?
Since natural stone comes in such a wide range of colors, patterns and finishes, the wow factor is completely up to you. There’s no better material to add warmth or character to any room. Whether you want your colors to have contrast, pop, or both – you can have fun with this process. It’s also a great way to add a bit of texture to an otherwise bland room.
4.) Increase the value of your home.
Installing natural stone into your home will increase its value. With bathroom and kitchens being deal breakers with most home purchases, having natural stone in those spaces will take your property to another level in the eyes of buyers.
Even if you’re not planning to sell your home in the foreseeable future, adding value by using natural stone is a great investment. A limestone walkway or marble bathroom floors may not seem like much now, but you’ll see its lasting appeal as years go by. Plus: it will never go out of style!
5.) Natural stone is versatile.
You may think that floors and countertops are your only option when it comes to adding natural stone indoors – but that’s just the beginning. Based on your taste, personality, and the kind of atmosphere you’re aiming for, there’s a wide variety of ways to bring in a luxurious stone look.
Upgrade your TV mount with stacked stones for an instant chic effect. Create a focal point in your bathroom by using sandstone in your shower. Divide your living room into smaller sections beautifully with help from granite. Or why not display indoor plants next to a textured natural stone wall?
Ask your designer for ideas OR look up some simple yet amazing home interiors online. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find.
Natural stone has been the centerpiece of homes for thousands of years – and for good reason. These natural materials bring the warmth, tranquility, and quality of the outside in.
We can still have our big screens, Alexa home voice commands, and endless Wi-Fi – but it’s important that we never stray too far from the basics of what brings us joy and peace in our home.
This post was created in partnership with usenaturalstone.com.