Paints and plasters are a thing of the past, as is brick—what we want to see more of is stone walls for the inside of our homes. And why not? A natural stone face can be a breath-taker! With each individual stone adding its own character and history to the design of your interior, it's no surprise that the stone face of walls are making a comeback in modern design. Let's take a look at some outstanding work…
Reminiscent of slightly more serious or ecclesiastical settings, flint walls allow you to stay cool whilst having an extremely tough and resilient interior wall surface. For more than half a century, this material has been available for building a variety of different structures, from castles and churches to chapels, houses and boundary walls and its significance in our heritage is one that shouldn't be so easily forgotten. With this in mind, flint is an attractive and affordable option for both your exterior and interior walls; offering unique detail with an amiable look.
This type of wall is ever popular in the present day. Granite walls are very good looking, fun and characterful. What granite walls also do is add a very singular feature to the room that it's in and, when used as the housing for a fire, will store a lot of heat inside it.
When making a stone wall, like this, yourself, there are a few things to be aware of: firstly, plan ahead and think about the space you want the wall to occupy, the size of the stones you want to use and how many you will need in order to build it. Secondly, you should consider a variety of complementing colours and also textures; as an all flat wall may look dissatisfying. To form a good base, it's advisable to use flatter stones with a lesser height (as shown on the picture) and then implement thicker, more decorative stones as you go up.
Granite looks great next to natural surroundings and picks up well in sunlight. The variety of natural pigments that the stone is formed of allows granite to look very appealing, when exposed to white light.
Add a touch of romanticism to your home with a dry stone wall. This fortified look may look at home in cafés, museums and castles but who's to say it can look great in the home? Take this stairwell, for example, it's an unpainted canvas, ready for the addition of plants, accessories and great lighting. A candle lit evening scene here would look great.
To continue a theme from outside on the inside, you could extend the style of your exterior garden wall to the inside; as though it flows right through into your kitchen or living room (like above). This is a very attractive style for interior stone walls and helps the entirety of your home and garden feel on in harmony with each other.