Natural Stone Flooring for your Home

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Have you ever put down natural stone flooring in your home?

I have to say it’s not something I’ve done yet, but I would like to consider it as part of #ProjectAttic. When we did up the rest of the house about a decade ago, we decided on using laminate, wood and carpet for our flooring. Our tiny little bathroom does have a tiled floor but it’s not natural stone. I must admit I’d always thought it was too expensive and rather cold underfoot, but I’ve been doing some reading up recently, and have been pleasantly surprised at what I’ve found.

The Benefits:

The first benefit that springs to mind is that it’s hard-wearing and durable. You will have to ensure you take care of it with the right products, but it’s really easy to keep clean and maintain. Of course, it’s great for asthma sufferers too (another reason why we’re considering it) enabling you to remove all dust and dirt for those sensitive to it.

It adds value to your property too. It may seem like an investment, well, that’s because it is. Anyone buying a new home will tell you that they look out for properties that have been well cared for. Homeowners that show they are willing to invest in their properties and take the time and effort to carry out quality renovations will reap the benefits when they come to sell. Using natural stone flooring is a good idea as part of a solid home improvement plan.

Stone Floor Myth Busters:

So, I’ve found out that apparently it’s not cold to walk on in the Winter months at all, and will, in fact, retail heat so making it a great way to cut down on your energy bills. Of course, if you add it to an underfloor heating system which is way more accessible than it used to be,  you’re guaranteed a deliciously warm flooring.

Stone Varieties:

I’ve been looking at a few different types. All of these are from natural stone floor provider Mrs. Stone Store and they look amazing. I have a few samples (which have now been turned into a lovely set of coasters!) uploaded them onto my new pc, the SPROUT by HP – more about that another time – and have been playing about with them to check what kind of look I’ll get.

The bathroom will be white with flashes of orange, so using this stock image as an example, here’s Brazilian Grey Honed Slate

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I love the dark contrast and think this look is quite dramatic and bold. Honed slate has not only been calibrated on the underneath to achieve a uniform thickness, but the top has been machined to provide a completely smooth surface. The riven texture of natural slate is removed and so some colour variance can occur. These tiles are ideal for low traffic areas such a bathrooms – perfect!

Of course, I could always tone down the look with some Fine Beige Honed Limestone and give it more of a softer feel.

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Whilst the bathroom won’t be quite like this, using this creative tool and combining images of the slate samples onto my photo has really shown me how stunning this stone could look. I know the images aren’t very sleek (I’m still getting used to my new tool) but the flooring is an actual photo of the sample product, so as true to life as you can get.

All of these stone samples came from Mrs Stone Store who have an excellent selection of natural stone tiles for both indoor and outdoor use and have given me lots of inspiration for using natural stone in my home.

Do you have any natural stone flooring in your home?

Images: Kitchen || Bathroom via Shutterstock

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3 Comments

  1. March 31, 2015 / 9:57 am

    Great app to use before you invest Jen. We have dark slate tiles in our new utility room and have changed from white floors to dark grey in the kitchen dinning room. Really makes the White Walls Pop xx

  2. March 31, 2015 / 10:29 am

    My other half tiled our bathroom floor, walls and window ledge in Travertine tiles and it looks lovely, like the bathroom in a boutique hotel! He did a lot of research to get a good deal and we got ours from http://m.toppstiles.co.uk/section113/page1/travertine-tiles/ With hind sight we would have up graded what we got to the ones that had been calibrated underneath for even thickness as a) it would have made it a lot easier for him when laying them and b) we have noticed some cracks in heavily used areas which we think is because they were not even. That aside, it’s lovely!

  3. July 13, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    Great round up of natural stone and how it can add value and style to your home.

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