Decorative stone – the choice.
Stone as a material has been accompanying human for millennia. Initially used just for building purposes, it has risen to the rank of decorative material when its noble, extremely rare varieties of unique properties were discovered. As one can easily guess, only few could afford such luxury.
Today, thanks to modern production technologies and the development of design, we can enjoy the most important advantages of stone without spending a fortune. Both decorative and external stone veneer is a worthy replacement for natural stone in its ornamental function.
Consistency of arrangement
If you are planning to use external and internal stone veneer in different areas of your space – it is important to take care of stylistic consistency, for the consistency and tastefulness of the whole. In the process of arranging space (both indoor and outdoor) everything matters: the colour, size and degree of differentiation of the elements, depth and smoothness (or roughness) of the structure. If the stone requires grouting, there are also: the hue, width and depth of the joint and its texture. Nothing is common – changing just one parameter affects the overall impression of the whole.
If you are going to use stone outdoors – on the building walls, on the fence, in the garden, on the terrace or on the balcony, you must necessarily choose its concrete variant, which is resistant to frost, dynamic temperature fluctuations and high humidity. Its additional advantage is providing an additional insulation layer: protecting the interior against loss of heat in winter, and against excessive heating in summer. Properly installed stone is long lasting and much less inconvenient to maintain than plaster or wood. Dirt is less visible and the colours do not fade in time, as stone panels are protected additionally with a impregnant dedicated especially to concrete products.
Application of stone as the exterior wall cladding is one of the most eye-catching elements, giving the building its own style. When choosing a collection, it is useful to consider whether we want the house to stay in contrast with the rest of the environment or to blend in. In both cases we should consider not only the areas where the stone will be placed, but the whole arrangement plan altogether with accompanying elements. Stone matching the colour of the door jambs or roof tiles may not go well with the fence or the character of garden surrounding the house.
Decorative stone is noticeable! Whether on the outside walls or on the facing of fireplace – you just can’t miss its presence. Strong structure and often vibrant colours immediately attract the eye. Whether it’s an imitation of North American rock, various bricks or stones commonly found in our climate, the product can be seen almost immediately. Aesthetic effect is enhanced by the skillful use of lighting – shadows’ play on uneven surface of the stone produces unforgettable visual effects.
Decorative stone contradicts in some measure the idea of competitiveness – one could even say that it fits perfectly with other types of wall cladding. Placing it even on a small fragment of wall or facing creates original effects! Such properties make the stone an excellent choice as an addition even there, where it was not taken into consideration at all – a strip of stone placed behind the TV or in a fragment of the hall blends perfectly with paint, plaster, or even ceramic tiles.
Stone can take many forms, but still the most popular is the one who mimics the building materials known to mankind for ages. Its particularly important when we wish to arrange our home in a specific style. Big lofts, country cottages or postindustrial climates lovers can finally create their favourite atmosphere . Stone can imitate the appearance of brick, pebbles or naturally crushed fragments of rocks perfectly, giving your rooms a unique character, often associated with the particular reminiscence.
It is basically so simple that any home-grown handyman can easily handle the task. The situation is significantly facilitated by the fact that the stone, by its natural irregularity and multiple faces, does not need surgical precision, required – for example – when laying rectified ceramic tiles. Depending on the collection, there are several to dozens of tiles in the package, which vary in colour hue, size of modules and texture of the surface, of course within the framework of deviations accepted by the collection designer. To make it simple: installation of the stone is any combination of elements that forms one coherent whole. There is no single obligatory pattern here; the customer himself, or with the help of the contractor, decides how the final interior of his home will look.
Special purpose places
For surfaces exposed to high humidity or direct contact with water, we recommend using a concrete stone, which is resistant to absorption due to its structure. If you decide to use stone in the bathroom, spa area or in the immediate vicinity of the kitchen counter, do not choose gypsum stone. The same applies to areas exposed to high amplitude of temperature. For fireplaces, grilles and smokehouses, we also recommend the concrete technology, which is more resistant than plaster. Fortunately, in the age of increasingly popular bio fuel fireplaces, such choice does not have to be a necessity.
Decorative stone catches attention. It creates an impression and defines interior style more than any other design element. That’s why it’s so important to analyze the options available and to browse the entire offer and arrangements of Stone Master. After the initial selection, one should approach any market or showroom to see and touch the product by himself. The time of day and the type of light are important because the texture of the stone cladding causes the chiaroscuro effect. The smaller the surface for decoration, the more careful you need to look at the structure to avoid overwhelming and optical reduction of the interior.
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