A design discussion!
Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute.
Image from StoneWorks, Inc.
No matter the size of the residence, when it comes to their kitchens and baths, homeowners expect these spaces to reflect their personalities and lifestyles while also being functional and beautiful. So, how do designers address this challenge?
Whether a space is compact and efficient, expansive and luxurious, or somewhere in between, good design comes down to balance and properly managing scale and proportion. Creating interesting focal points and finding ways to add dimensionality – for example, through layering and the artful use of color and pattern – can give the illusion of added space in a smaller room or prevent a larger space from appearing overwhelming.
Images – Clockwise from left: Marblex Design International, Stone Interiors, Charles Luck Stone
Although there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to kitchen and bath design, it can be helpful to select materials that can be easily adapted to any space. For example, natural stone is a versatile and highly durable material that can be used for everything from countertops and vanities to backsplashes, flooring, walls and shower surrounds. And, because natural stone is available in so many colors, patterns and textures, the design possibilities are virtually endless.
Images – Clockwise from left: Tithof Tile & Marble, M S International (both images)
Our KBtribechat discussion questions:
Q1: What are some creative ways you’ve used natural stone (or seen it used) in small spaces? Share photos.
Q2: How about interesting applications of natural stone in larger spaces? Images please!
Q3: Have you ever used (or considered) remnant/salvaged stone for projects such as powder room vanities, baking surfaces, etc.?
Q4: What other types of natural materials do you typically use for your projects?
Q5: Do you have a ‘go to’ natural stone that you use for kitchen and bath projects? Why that stone in particular?
Q6: If you could design your dream kitchen (indoor or outdoor) using natural stone, what would it look like? Share images.
Q7: What’s your favorite thing about working with natural materials such as stone?
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