Introduction to Plinth Blocks

There are a lot of architectural elements that homeowners are familiar with due to their popularity or trendiness.  One element, a plinth block, may not sound familiar but it is an important transitional element in décor.  You may have seen a plinth block before and simply not known the name for it.  Typically, plinth blocks appear at the bottom corner of door casings or at the bottom of trim that surrounds an entryway.  The purpose of a plinth block is to create a subtle yet pleasing transition between the trim that surrounds a door or entryway, and the trim that is around the lower part of walls. SFGate explains the history of plinth blocks, “”Plinth” is an architectural term used to describe a support for a column or base. The plinth was originally designed as a load-bearing component, but has since been relegated to a design element serving as an aesthetic enhancement, typically on both sides of a doorway opening at the bottom. The plinth block installation is basic. The vertical trim or molding butts into the top, and the horizontal baseboard butts into the side. Plinth blocks are wider and thicker than the conjoined moldings to allow for a reveal, lip or shadow line between the block and trim.”

Natural stone plinth blocks are the ideal way to add support, visual interest and an elegant transition between stone moldings around the base of the wall that connect with moldings around doorways or entryways.  At Architectural Stone Elements, we carry a selection of plinth blocks in a variety of stones and colors to seamlessly coordinate with any home’s architectural style and décor aesthetic.  Whether you prefer a contemporary style or a traditional style, we have something to suit your needs.  When decorating a home, there are certain things that take it to the next level, give it that custom look and ultimately, make it look complete.  A transition from molding around a door to molding near the floor can look clunky or unfinished without a plinth block.  The thickness of one molding may not match the thickness of the other and the styles may be different, making it look strange but with the addition of a plinth block suddenly it looks like a smooth, complementary transition with a high-end finish.  It is the small touches that often make all the difference and elevate the aesthetic of a home and plinth blocks are no exception.

Natural Stone Rosettes Add Appeal To Your Home

Natural stone home accents can be used both inside and outside to accentuate architecture, add visual interest, and elevate your home’s overall aesthetic.  Because they are made of natural stone, they are exceptionally durable and can easily weather outside elements or pristinely coordinate with inside décor.  Natural stone can also be sealed or left unsealed and allowed to naturally patina over time, depending on your preferred look and finish.  Often, it is the special touches, whether big or small, that helps give a home that custom, high-end feel.  Whether you have used natural stone architectural elements throughout your home or not, the use of natural stone rosettes make a beautiful, eye-catching addition to any room.

Natural stone rosettes are available in a wide variety of stones, colors and styles to suit traditional, contemporary and even modern architecture.  Architectural stone rosettes are the ideal accent piece for cabinetry, furniture, fireplace mantels, fireplace surrounds, ceilings and more.  Rosettes have different decorative trims and patterns that are carefully crafted to provide timeless appeal.  In fact, decorative stone rosettes have been used in architectural design for centuries and continue to be popular today, proving they are capable of standing the test of time.  Stone rosettes can be added to just about any surface you can think of and will add a certain sophistication and charm that could not be achieved with any other decorative element.  When selecting the ideal rosette, it is important to consider the architectural style of our home, as well as your personal décor style to help you choose the right rosette that will blend seamlessly.  There are a lot of ways to decorate and some add value while others do not.  When you invest in natural stone elements you not only add decorative appeal but also increase the value of your home.  Rosette blocks are also often used in conjunction with door moldings to add that something special beyond just simple molding.  Rosettes can be used on the top corners of door moldings to enhance entryways and make your home truly unique.  In addition to entryways, you may see natural stone rosettes used on walls with other natural stone, in niches, in flooring and far more.  While the term “rosettes” may sound ornate or very traditional, there are modern and contemporary carving styles as well, seamlessly blending with your home’s architectural style.