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Making a Genuine Style with Stone


When you close your eyes and imagine a house built many centuries before, what do you see? Are you over the moon with a dreamy medieval castle in France or a old-fashioned farmhouse in the rolling hills of Tuscany? Maybe you imagine a villa set high above the jagged coastline of the Mediterranean Sea or maybe closer to home, a thatched cottage hidden within a forest in England? Let your mind's eye take you further. Can you feel the undulating smoothness of the plaster, the unevenness of the large timber beams, and the coldness of the rough chiselled stone? How do you feel to be surrounded by natural beauty so lively and steeped with nature that there is no want for further embellishment or decoration? These visions characterize the brilliance of natural building materials.

Clay, wood and stone; their combined features has the capability to whip you away to another time and place. Their presence alone emits a real energy that no man-made material has ever been able to challenge. A long time ago, the only way to truly see these architectural examples was to pack your personal belongings, clutch your passport and jump aboard the next transatlantic flight. Now you need only to head down to you’re nearest good home improvement store, which more than likely 5 minutes up the road.

When customers come to me with the wish to create a new old house I know impulsively that natural stone will play an essential role in achieving the look and feel they are after. To be successful in recreating an genuine period style home, the best option is always the real thing or old-fashioned materials that have been cautiously reclaimed from pre-existing buildings and homes. Regrettably, the expenses related with these salvaged materials can be rather shocking. For those of us working with a more practical budget, the next best thing is a copy material. Thankfully manufacturers have become more and more gifted at the process of replicating the look and feel of aged stone. Through a pioneering processes such as tumbling, chiseling, guillotine-cutting, acid-washing, bush-hammering, wire-brushing, sand- blasting and etching homeowners can now have at these at their materials at a lower cost and a natural stone that has outwardly seen a lifetimes wear.

The amalgamation of pitted slabs, complex mosaics, and reclaimed architectural basics are just the start of the extended road to creating a historically precise home. There will be everlasting details to discover, study and attend to, but starting the process with natural stone will give a solid basis upon which to build. Architects and designers fully appreciate that not every homeowner aspires to create an authentic copy of a centuries old home. Most wish simply to capture the spirit of a bygone era. Stone, typically associated with these traditional designs, brings with it the intrinsic loveliness and lively energy necessary to follow this feeling. With a little imagination and resolve, homeowners now have the ability to create personal residences that will be become the new old homes for future generations to have the benefit of and aspire to. Below are tips that will help create the look of age using natural stone. Take these ideas with you, expand on upon them, add your own distinctive twist and create today’s history.

Tips for creating genuine style with stone

Do your study. Visit authentic old homes in the area you wish to imitate if time and budget allows. If not, there is a surplus of brilliant books and magazines that will help direct your decisions.

Stay as accurate as you can to the chosen architectural style of your home by incorporating reclaimed materials from the time you want to replicate.

Focus on the focal points. Placing one-of-a-kind architectural basics in these greatly visual areas will permit your budget to stretch much more. These contain pieces such as giant cooker hoods, fireplace surrounds, outside fountains, arches and columns.

Include striking details such as inlaid rugs and medallions with a rich patina.

Research historical tile designs and look out for the ones best fit for your design. Pay close consideration to the tile spacing, grout colour and sealer finish to get hold of the most realistic look.

Keep away from polished stones in favour of those that are matte finished, pitted and appear worn.

Choose a straightforward edge profile or a rugged chiselled edge for stone slabs.

For the floor, consider combination several stone colours such as ochre, cream and mushroom for a really accidental look.

Incorporate uncovered stonewalls comprised of uneven sizes and shapes.

Use plenty of texture and dimension in your design for a 3D effect.

Style Tips

Old World : For flooring select large casual payers that are chipped and worn or a exceptionally old looking stone, such as a dark and distraught un-filled travertine in a random pattern. Consider a honed or brushed stone for worktops as well as travertine, limestone, marble or granite. Use pitted mosaics and decorative engraved tiles as accents. Choose a rural field tile for the backsplash and place in real metal accents that feature an aged patina. Stick with earthy colours such as walnut, wheat, cocoa and cream.

English Cottage : Incorporate dark rough slate floor tiles. For worktops, select a little soft and matte-finished such as soapstone, honed marble or limestone. On the backsplash, contrast dark countertops with light coloured tiles finish with hand-painted accents of potted herbs and garden motifs. Uphold an earthy colour palette.

French Cottage : Look out for genuine reclaimed French limestone for tiles. Set rectangular tiles in a herringbone pattern. Mix together thick wooden butcher block and soft coloured limestone as countertops. On the splash, feature a hand-painted mural or textural mosaics that portray a pastoral scene such as a farm or vineyard. Blend earthy colours with light shades of blue, red, yellow and green.

Tuscan Farmhouse : Use big asymmetrical stone payers on the floor and old marble slabs as the countertops. fit in rustic tiles and mosaics on the splash back with scenes of Tuscany such as hand-painted topiaries, olives, grapes or wildflowers. Use soft hues of ochre yellow, sienna, burnt umber, rust and sage.

Mediterranean Villa : On the floor, inset stone tiles among crisscrossing pickets of distressed wood. Also consider antiquate stone with clipped corners featuring lightly painted accent tiles. Dress back- splashes, cooker hoods and stair risers with colourful hand-painted tiles that blend the colours of light white, cobalt blue, sunshine yellow and dark red.

Classic : Select a timeless marble such as Carrara, Calacatta or Statuary for floors and stairs. Think about a black and white checkerboard design. Use accent tiles for floors and walls that consist of traditional designs such as egg and dart, acanthus leaf, Greek key and dentil. In the bath, choose marble set in a subway brick pattern and a matching hexagonal mosaic upon the floor.

Arts and Crafts :Think about dark slate flooring. Feature a big fireplace of unsystematic-stacked stone. Use a matte finished stone, such as slate or soapstone, for countertops. Dress the back splash with tiles depicting nature together with animals, insects, pastoral scenes and wildflowers. Keep colours soft and earthy, including sage, olive, gold, russet and shades of brown.

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