How to Choose the Right Stone for Your Fireplace Surround

A stone fireplace surround is incredibly timeless and classic.  It is a design element that never goes out of style.  When you are choosing the design and style of your fireplace surround, you want something that will coordinate with your home’s architectural style and your personal décor preferences.  But, you also want something that is durable and stylish that will elegantly stand the test of time.  There are many material options for fireplace surrounds but stone is, by far, the best option.  Not only is it durable enough to last centuries, but it is luxurious and timeless in style.  And, there are many colors and styles from which to choose that it will coordinate perfectly with any architectural style.

Because there are many stone types and colors from which to choose, as well as carving styles, it can feel overwhelming to choose just the right style for your home.  If you have other stone in your home, you can choose to coordinate with it but it is absolutely unnecessary that the types of stone match perfectly.  In fact, homes can utilize many different varieties of stone and have it look coordinated and beautiful without being overly “matchy” or “cookie-cutter.”  One of the first steps in choosing the right fireplace surround stone is determining your budget.  There are many different types of stone and they can vary widely in cost.  Once you set your budget you will know what types of stone you can consider.  Next, it is important to consider the exact look you want and how much maintenance you plan to do.  If you like the look of a stone that has weathered and changed over time (which is very popular) you will not need to seal your stone but if you want to maintain the same look as the day it was installed, certain stones will need to be sealed upon installation and periodically (every year or two) after that.

At Architectural Stone Elements, you have the option to choose from a variety of stone materials and colors.  These include cantera, limestone, marble, and travertine in a wide range of styles and colors.  Choose from existing designs in the stone type of your choice or allow one of our craftsmen to help you create a beautiful custom design for your home.  It will be a stunning addition to any home that adds warmth, visual interest, beauty, and value!

3 Applications for Marble in Home Design

There is no doubt about it; marble is having a moment in the sun.  While marble may be the hot trend in home design right now, it is far from a fast-fading trend. Marble has been used in architectural design for centuries.  In fact, use of marble in architectural applications dates back to ancient Roman times.  Marble is beautiful and versatile; it can be used as flooring, as countertops, in bathroom and shower applications, and more!  And, when you use marble, it is sure to elevate the aesthetic appeal of your home, proving itself as a great investment in your home.   Below are 3 applications in which you can use marble in your home to add value and beauty in a way that no other stone can.

  • Flooring
    • If you have ever walked into a home marble flooring you know just how a stunning a statement marble flooring can make. Marble is a metamorphic rock that has unique veining that runs through it which makes it unique.  Marble is also a very durable stone which makes it ideal for flooring because it can stand up to even heavy traffic.  People can walk all over it, year after year, decade after decade, and if it has been properly cared for, it will still look great. But, it is absorbent so it is imperative that it is properly sealed to protect its natural color.
  • Countertops
    • Marble is such a versatile, high-end stone that it integrates seamlessly with any home design. It can be used in modern homes, rustic homes, and traditional homes as a countertop material.  It works great for bathroom countertops, desks, or kitchen countertops. Though marble does require some upkeep such as sealing to protect it from staining or damage.  When properly cared for, marble countertops are so durable that they could last decade after decade looking as beautiful as the day they were installed.
  • Shower
    • When marble is used in shower design, it adds a simple yet breathtakingly elegant design element. Nothing will create the peaceful, spa-like retreat that you want quite like a marble shower.  You can choose to use marble just as the surround of your shower if you want to avoid some of the staining/sealing issues that can sometimes be associated with marble.  Or, you can choose to use it on the floor as well and simply seal the flooring on a routine basis to ensure that your investment is protected.