Interior Stone, Fireplace and Wall Decor

Posted by Eric Sanders on July 20, 2012 0 Comments


Natural Stone, whether limestone or marble,  is a trendy way to add texture and interest to any interior surface.

As Stone Tile Mosaics, we work with each of our clients to integrate unique products, such as natural stone mosaics, to truly make their dream home custom!

Stone plays as a natural look to any home interior color palette. Since stone has a natural aesthetic, color schemes derived from it tend to be easy and not forced. Whether the stone is neutral or colorful, it can work on nearly any style of home. Cream natural stone and marble mosaics are great interior colors as it completely blends with any fireplace surroundings and interior walls. 





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Contemporary Natural Stone

Posted by Eric Sanders on July 11, 2012 0 Comments

 

Natural stone’s popularity continues to soar!  …… With the growing popularity of Decor mosaics, Contractors are using the products more and more in places you would not usually think of.

Natural stone has been used for exterior applications for years, but we are seeing a growing trend of using decor mosaics throughout both home & commercial interiors. Usually used for fireplace surroundings, we now see the  and durability of stone & thin brick being added to bathrooms, kitchens, wine cellars, & accent walls throughout the interior.

Whether it’s a single wall, back-splash, or bar front, kitchens are a great area to use Decor mosaics! Considered the “heart of the home” we can think of no room better suited for using our natural stone to bring the warmth of the outdoors in.


Decor mosaics used on a kitchen back splash

Decor mosaics by Stone Tile Mosaics offers a broad selection of profiles that brings the contemporary look of natural stone, or create the rustic feel of stone found in a European country home. These products are much easier to install and much more cost effective. No grout lines and interlocking features are a few advantages to count.

Decor Mosaic product has a thicknesses that averages just 3/4 of an inch to  1 and 1/2 inches, so its the perfect way to add the warmth, texture & feel of mother nature to a kitchen backsplash & still maintain your precious counter space!

Long live natural stone, Decor mosaics is a very low-cost way to add value, strength, and essence to a blank wall!


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Guide to Buying Natural Stone

Posted by Shopify on July 03, 2012 0 Comments

Natural stone has been the best alternative for floors and walls since the antiquity, and has never been out of fashion. Stone tiles bring the beauty of nature to our homes and add a character and warmth to a place which cannot be matched with any other material.

Because natural stone comes -by definition- out of nature, there can be huge variations in its color and texture, so it's important to be prepared before shopping for stone tiles for your homes or offices. Be sure to order enough quantity of the material to finish the job in one shipment, so that there will be minimum risk of color/pattern variation. It's also a good idea to get a case or two extra. If you need to do some repair work later, the particular stone you want may be unavailable.

The most common stone tiles are marble, granite, slate, travertine, limestone and sandstone. Which one should we choose?

MARBLE:

Marble used to be the choice of emperors, sultans and kings all around the world. Thanks to today's technology and widespread production, almost everyone has access to this beautiful stone. Although it's harder than travertine and limestone, it's still subject to scratches and stains: so extra attention is necessary when using marble.

Pros: Gorgeous colors, patterns and veins, stronger than travertine.

Cons: It can absorb water or other liquids, which results in stains. Extra care is needed especially when used outdoors.

Popular Uses: Living rooms, hallways, bathroom and kitchen walls and floors.

TRAVERTINE:

Travertine is one of the most popular stones. It's usually confused with marble or limestone, although it's different from either. While slightly softer than limestone and marble, it has a unique warmth and natural look.

Pros: Offers a vast variety of colors and patterns, and gives nice and soft feeling to floors.

Cons: Is prone to stains and scratches.

Popular Uses: Living rooms, hallways, bathroom and kitchen walls and floors.

LIMESTONE:

Limestone is another sedimentary stone which is harder than travertine. Due to its durability, it's a good choice for flooring. It resembles wood with linear striations forming in time.

Pros: Beautiful patterns and colors, very resistant.

Cons: As it absorbes water and other liquids, it's prone to stains so extra care needed if using outdoors.

Popular Uses: Living rooms, hallways, bathroom and kitchen walls and floors.

GRANITE:

Being the hardest of the natural stones used in home decoration, granite is an excellent choice in terms of resilience and versatality. Compared to marble and granite, it gives more of a cold and hard feeling, and needs regular cleaning to keep it smooth and shiny.

Pros: Beautiful colors and patterns, durability and resistancy to water makes it an excellent choice for indoor and outdoor flooring.

Cons: Gives a cold and neutral feeling, which makes it more suitable for commercial spaces, and/or countertops.

Popular Uses: Office floors and walls, bathroom floors, countertops.

SANDSTONE:

Sandstone is a sedimentary rock composed of rock grains and sand-sizedd minerals. Unlike other natural stones, it has less color variations which makes it easier to find consistent tones of the material.

Pros: Very resilient and few variations in colors.

Cons: Minimal color options.

Popular Uses: Living rooms, gardens, bathroom and kitchen floors.

SLATE:

One of the most common stones used in decoration, Slate is another metamorphic rock which can split into thin layers easily. However, when expertly cut, and if the density of the stone is high enough, it's a good choice for flooring as well as roofing.

Pros: Highly resilient, brings a natural look and feel to the surface applied.

Cons: Installation could be tricky, surface imperfections limits its usibility.

Popular Uses: Living areas, gardens, entryways, kitchens.


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