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!