4 Ways to Incorporate Carved Stone Into Your Home

Natural stone is beautiful and elegant, providing timeless appeal wherever it is used.  It is no wonder that it has been used for centuries all over the world and those applications continue to look stunning even today.  At Architectural Stone Elements, we pride ourselves on providing clients with the best natural stone available for a variety of applications both indoors and outdoors.  We work with homeowners, builders, architects and engineers to help bring their architectural stone needs to life.  Whether you want to incorporate Cantera, Limestone, Marble or Travertine, we can help you find the style and color that you want.  Natural stone can be used in many different architectural styles, from Old World, to Classic Mediterranean, to Tuscan, to Traditional to Contemporary!  If you love the look of natural carved stone and are looking for some inspiration for how you can implement it inside or outside your home, below are 8 different ways we can help you bring natural stone into your habitat.

  1. Columns
    • Columns offer a certain kind of grandeur that is hard to achieve with anything else. Columns can be purely decorative or they can provide actual structural support.  Natural stone columns are durable and strong enough to provide structural support but are also beautiful to behold.  We carry a selection of styles including Doric, Tuscan, Ionic, Corinthian, Composite, Solomonic and more!
  2. Corbels
    • Corbels, similar to columns, can be either decorative or provide structural support. There are a wide array of styles available that range from elaborate and formal to simple and contemporary.  Additionally, if you prefer to custom design corbels, simply bring your sketch or picture in and we will reproduce the stone of your selection.
  3. Firepits
    • There is nothing quite like gathering around a fire pit and enjoying the tranquility of the crackling flames. Firepits can be incorporated in your landscape to elevate your experience in your backyard and add value to your home with a carved stone fire pit that perfectly complements the architectural style of your home.
  4. Fireplaces
    • A stone fireplace is the perfect centerpiece to any room and will immediately draw the eye. At Architectural Stone Elements, we carry a vast and exquisite selection of stone fireplaces to beautifully accentuate any architectural style and add value to your home.  Whether you prefer more classic or ornate styles, or you are interested in a more modern or contemporary style, we have the perfect stone fireplace for you.

 

Uses for Corbels in Your Home

Nobody wants a cookie cutter, generic home that looks like a model or showroom.  While model homes or showrooms are beautiful, they are completely impersonal and lack certain characteristics that give a home charm, elegance, uniqueness, and interest.  Often, it is the small and somewhat overlooked details that give a home its subtle character.  For example, corbels can be used throughout both the interior and exterior of your home for both practical and decorative purposes.  Corbels can be made of a variety of materials but carved stone is timeless in its elegance and adds both perceived and real value to your home.  Corbels are one of those luxurious finishes that you expect to find in high-end custom homes but they can be used in any home to add character and unique decorative style.

Corbels can be used in a wide variety of applications throughout the interior and exterior of your home.  They can be used to decorate or support doorframes.  A boring, basic opening that connects one room to another can be made beautiful and eye-catching with the simple addition of carved stone corbels.  Corbels can be used under cabinetry or countertops in kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms for both support and decor purposes.  What is nice about corbels is that they do not have to match the material they are supporting, they can elegantly enhance wood cabinetry or countertops made of a wide range of materials.  They can be used along a ceiling in a room to draw the eye up, perhaps towards a beautiful decorative ceiling or just to make a room feel larger.  Corbels can be used to support beams in a room, taking standard beams from boring to beautiful.  Corbels can also be used around fireplaces to support carved stone mantels which not only create a stunning centerpiece for any room but add immense value to your home.  Finally, you can add shelving to any room in outside of your home by installing corbels on a wall with a shelf on top.  While this could be done with metal brackets, corbels are far more interesting and unique and add that “custom” feel to your home.  They are subtle enough to provide a separation for rooms but still visually interesting enough that they enhance your decor.

At Architectural Stone Elements, our corbels are crafted for structural support as well as decorative function.  We have volumes of designs in-house that range from simple to very elaborate – classic to modern.  You can bring in a sketch or picture of something you like and we can custom reproduce it to your selected dimensions and stone preference.  Corbels have always succeeded in adding that balance that gives a room or area a “completed” look.  Stone corbels can be used in any home decor and work beautifully to enhance your home’s other stone elements, elevating the overall design aesthetic of your home.

How to Incorporate Stone Corbels In Your Home

When you think of architectural enhancements and interior design choices, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not stone corbels.  But, we would argue that it should be!  In homes or businesses in which you have been impressed or awed by the architecture or interior design, corbels were probably used in one way or another.  They can be subtle and understated, or opulent and elegant.  Stone corbels can be used to help display and support other heavy objects but they do not have to be purely functional, they can have great form as well.  Corbels can be made of many different materials but stone corbels add the timeless elegance and value that enhances a home in a way that no other corbel possibly can.

When displaying a heavy item, such as a stone fireplace mantel, sculpture, ceiling beams or a doorframe, a strong and sturdy stone corbel is the ideal piece to use to support your display.  Carved stone is heavier and more durable than other materials and therefore provides better support.  In their essence, corbels are support brackets, but stone corbels are much more beautiful than a metal bracket.  There is a reason that stone corbels that were used centuries ago are still standing today, they are beautiful and they can stand the test of time.  Everyone wants to put their own personal touches into their home’s architecture and design and stone corbels are an ideal way to do so.  There are stone corbel styles to coordinate with any home’s architectural design and decor.  There are more basic carved stone corbels that may coordinate better with a modern or transitional home and more intricately carved designs for traditional architecture styles.

You can incorporate stone corbels in a variety of ways into your home’s design and decor.  Stone corbels can be used in a purely decorative form, enhancing and highlighting architectural features both inside and outside.  Corbels often add balance and proportion, the detail that completes a look and enhances a home in just the right way.  Corbels can also be used to hold up shelves, any kind of shelf – stone, wood, glass or any other material and will add visual interest to any space.  Stone corbels can be used in door frames, archways, or under the ceiling to naturally draw the eye up and make a room feel bigger and more special. But, they do not have to just draw the eye up, they can be used under countertops or cabinetry as well.  For this reason, they are very popular for use in kitchens, which is great because the kitchen is often the room people spend most of their time in and entertain in.  Stone corbels provide beauty and distinction to an architectural feature, design feature or space in a room that might otherwise be simply ordinary.

Decorating with Stone Corbels

Every homeowner has their own sense of style and home decor preferences.  No matter what an individual’s style is, everyone wants to put their own unique stamp on their home decor and design to make it feel like their own.  There are, of course, many ways to do this.   Everything from the floors to the ceilings, and everything in between, is a specific choice that makes a statement.  It can be fun to add small or large details that go above and beyond the decor basics and necessities and bring a little something special and unique to a room.  Corbels are a great way to achieve this.  A corbel is an architectural decor element that can be made from a variety of materials such as stone, wood or metal.  They can be used to support weight or as a purely decorative element.  While there are many options when it comes to material, a stone corbel is something timeless and truly special.

A unique, hand-carved stone corbel will not only achieve a utilitarian purpose but will be eye-catching and interesting as well.  When a stone corbel is added it instantly enhances decor and helps set an overall tone for the room.  Stone corbels come in a variety of styles, from baroque all the way to transitional in their finish, to coordinate seamlessly with any home’s architectural style and decor.  The unique thing about corbels is that they are somehow simultaneously subtle and intriguing.  They tend to blend in a way that is not distracting but still makes a definite statement.  Corbels can be used around fireplaces, in conjunction with stone fireplace mantels, to support shelves or cabinetry, to accent the corner of a room, in doorways and so much more.  They can be used in any room inside the home and even in many applications outside the home as well.  Some corbels are not made of materials that are strong or durable enough to support much weight but stone corbels can stand the test of time.  They have been around for centuries because stone is so durable and strong.  They can be used to support a great weight which is why some large stone corbels are even used below balconies on homes.  Stone corbels come in a variety of sizes – small enough that they could be used as a unique wall sconce or small decor element and large enough to enhance architectural elements on the outside of your home.  Stone corbels are incredibly unique, versatile and capable of enhancing any home’s decor.