Natural stone has been a coveted building material for centuries. The look of stone implies strength, permanence, and a harmony with nature that is absent in many modern dwellings. Modern technology, however, can bring us this traditional appeal in new ways that are more convenient and affordable than ever. Stone siding is available in a nearly overwhelming array of colors and textures. Stone siding can mimic nearly any natural stone. Choices are available that look like sandstone, travertine, slate, marble, and quartzite. A stone porch can add dimension and curb appeal to an otherwise bland exterior.
Stone siding is an easy DIY project for indoors. Check any home design website to see examples of stone kitchen islands, backsplashes, and fireplace surrounds. Small spaces give a great opportunity to incorporate this trend into your design. Backsplashes and accent walls are perfect spots to insert a few square feet of stone. Incorporate the colors present in the natural stone into your design scheme. Earthy tones or slate colors can echo throughout a room and lend a natural opulence to your decor. Choose accent pieces to match your stone siding. A deep, tonal heather gray throw can echo the variations of a strong stone fireplace. Copper pots and pans hung in a kitchen can reflect the reddish striations of a sandstone island.