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Using Natural Stone Inside Your Home

by Caitlin Kelch


Marble and other natural stone have definitely claimed a top spot in home interiors and housewares. Grace has always said that she doesn’t have a lot of “fancy lady” tendencies, but the few she does have revolve around cut flowers and marble. I think it is very safe to say that most of us feel the same way! The cool, swirled surface of marble and the elemental quality that natural stone provides are pretty much the perfect minimalist solution to any design problem. We noticed that people are shifting their budgets to include, or saving up to invest in, natural stone elements for their home. The aesthetic appeal is a no-brainer, but it’s also becoming a splurge-worthy choice because of the sustainability of this gorgeous organic material when compared to man-made or manufactured stone. It just feels as good as it looks, with so many textures and colors to choose from.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite interiors with natural stone for some inspiration. Click through for the full slideshow, plus some close-ups of our favorite stone! –Caitlin

This post is brought to you in collaboration with MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute. Visit their website here to learn more about using marble and other natural stone in your own home.

Image above: Run that marble right up the wall like this beautiful marble backsplash and countertop in Sarah Bedford’s Brooklyn home.

This dream kitchen's marble floor keeps the mood light and functional, not fussy and hands-off. Photo courtesy of Lundhs.
There's something so pleasing about marble paired with everyday wood pieces. Photo from Sonja Rasula and Jonathan Sager’s home here.
This newly-installed Calacatta marble backsplash and countertop make a dramatic statement that will evolve as the kitchen is put to use. The greens of the apples and flowers already look great against the stone backdrop. Photo courtesy of ROCKin’teriors
The marble fireplace in the living room of this Victorian-era cottage harkens back to a day when natural stone found its way into homes in a big way. Photo from Kelly Doust's home tour here.
I love the dark wood cabinetry paired with the larger subway tile motif in bold stone. Photo courtesy of Artistic Tile
The marble subway tile with dark grout perfectly highlights the ceramic collection in Sunny Lee's Los Angeles home. The owners opted to forgo expensive custom cabinetry in favor of the perfect marble tile.
The back kitchen wall in this Catskills home is honed marble tile with no grout. It perfectly fits in with the Scandinavian vibe in Amanda Bupp's country home.
Ah! The marble ogee tile in this bathroom is magical, bringing a decorative shape to such a beautiful material. Photo courtesy of Artistic Tile
The high shine of this Striato Olympico marble wall takes the modern hearth to a whole new level. Photo courtesy of The Tuscany Collection
Rosy Strazzeri-Fridman's sleek marble kitchen extends the stone all the way down to the floor. See the full tour here.
The bold use of marble on this bathroom wall looks fantastic with the modern vanity and chrome pulls. Photo courtesy of The Tuscany Collection
I love the color and texture of this bathroom's stone floor. I'd bring in some darker walls, but the hotel-like quality of this space would make for a lovely bath. Photo courtesy of Artistic Tile
Now onto some of our favorite stones! The moody grey of this Sea Pearl Quartzite would be perfect in a powder room.
This Virginia Mist granite has a 1940s bank counter feel. We think this would look fantastic in a kitchen.
The tiny pieces in this Peacock Verde granite have so many edges that catch the light. We love the sparkle this stone provides.
Test out your love for natural stone with a lovely tabletop. We suspect you'll be back for more! Photo from Sally and Adrian Staub's home tour here.

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  • I love natural stone, but is it really correct to say that it’s a sustainable choice? I know nothing about this industry (would like to!) but assume anything that’s mined is inherently unsustainable. Maybe an article on this?

  • Thanks for the article, couldn’t agree more. Natural stone is such a versatile design choice when it comes to the kitchen. It’s funny, my living room is designed with a similar color scheme to the kitchen with the yellow stool. I actually used a furnishing service to help design the space, the one I used is called Furnishr. They’ve got some cool designs at http://www.furnishr.com

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