Natural stone flooring

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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There is something forever elegant and timeless about natural stone flooring. Perhaps it's the fact it's managed to transcend through centuries into the modern era as one of the most popular choices for flooring. Those who have experience with it know that it's great for those with allergies, in cooler climates, and in terms of maintenance, is far easier to keep clean than other surfaces like timber floorboards and carpet.

Although the choice may seem easy, there are actually a few important factors to consider before choosing the type of stone flooring that you think is right for you.

- Pores: No, we're not talking about your skincare regime. The amount of pores in natural stone denotes how resistant to stains the surface will be. The amount and size of these needs to be considered, especially in areas that are used on a daily basis. Choose hardy stones like slate and granite in this instance, as they are a far better choice for the zones that are most frequently walked upon. Kitchen and bathroom counters for example, can function quite nicely with softer stones like marble, as the sealant applied means they only require cleaning when stains intermittently present themselves.

- Size: Are you wanting to install natural stone tiles? Consider the size and colour of each tile. If the room is small, think about using large tiles that give an illusion of additional space, as well as lighter colours.

- Budget: Some types of stone require more maintenance than others, and are definitely more expensive. Don't stress if you can't afford your first choice. Think about replacing marble for caesarstone, or perhaps even travertine, for a more budget friendly choice. This applies to most stone finishes—a little research goes a long way.

Today on homify, we are going to present to you a range of natural stone flooring options, and hopefully with the help of our experts, guide you through this seemingly difficult feat to navigate. 

Contemporary & chic

A lounge room, either formal or casual, will be chic and easy to clean if a natural stone is chosen as the main flooring type. Pale and long in dimension, the shape and colour of these tiles makes the room look airy and open, despite the rustic feel to the space. For some, tiles may feel a little cold, especially in cooler climates. By adding warmer material textures in other places, for example on the chairs or even via a floor mat, the room can have a bit more of a wintery ambience very easily. Of course, you can change these smaller details as often as you see fit.

Golden glow

Brooke Street, Swaledale Fossil Brown flooring:  Walls & flooring by Britannicus Stone
Britannicus Stone

Brooke Street, Swaledale Fossil Brown flooring

Britannicus Stone

Contrary to their complementary nature, tiles can help add an additional element of colour to a space, too. The shine provided by these large tiles gives a warm and ambient glow to this transitional space. The highly polished finish helps to bounce the available light even further, making the room appear to be anything but cramped and dark. The finish on your natural stone flooring is an important consideration also. Compare the various finishes, and take note which suits your living needs better.

Total elegance

London domestic staircase:  Corridor & hallway by Stair Factory
Stair Factory

London domestic staircase

Stair Factory

A marble staircase and entrance area—what an elegant and graceful way to welcome guests to your home! The spiralling nature, combined with the soft colour and high-shine finish looks as though this belongs inside a celebrity home. The clever wall and floor lighting furthers the appeal of this space, giving it an aura of total luxury and opulence.

Sleek & modern

One of the most common spaces after the bathroom to install tiles is in the kitchen. In this designer coastal home, which as we mentioned earlier, is a climate that is perfectly suited to stone flooring, has a truly modern and sleek feel to it. Of course, the openness of this area means a darker colour can be used, as the ample flow of natural light makes the space feel bright and breezy. This surface is great if you're really into entertaining. Spills can easily and quickly be mopped up without any issues!

Mixed use

LIMESTONE FLOOR TILES:  Walls & flooring by DT Stone Ltd
DT Stone Ltd

LIMESTONE FLOOR TILES

DT Stone Ltd

Are you having trouble deciding between small and large tiles? Well, why not combine the two? Here, we see a wonderful merger of both sizes to create a really interesting and unique scene. Perhaps use this situation to form a distinction between different areas in the same room? Or, why not create some additional interest and add a unique touch to your floors for Art's sake? To make a bond and feeling of unity between the differently sized tiles, keep the stone the same, or, if that's not a within your realm of choice, at least keep the colour scheme as closely matched as possible.

To see more ideabooks about various flooring choices, see the following ideabooks:

Parquet flooring

Which type of flooring is right for my kitchen? 

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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