When it comes to choosing natural-stone tiles for the flooring in your home or office, you will find a wide range of colors and striking designs that only nature can produce. Following are 6 types of natural stone with some awesome colors that make attractive choices for living spaces.
1. Granite Colors
Yellow to golden tones are very attractive for granite tiles and slabs. Leopard-style spotting with white veins may also be a good option if you intend to decorate with striking contrasts in mind.
2. Travertine Colors
The look of travertine tends to be classic and ancient. Archaeologists studying the Roman empire have found that ancient bathhouses were often built with travertine slabs for decoration. If you want to apply a classic look to your home, you may wish to consider travertine colors ranging from beige and off-white to latte and milk chocolate. Slightly treated travertine has a porous look, but you can also choose a look that has been filled and polished to a gloss.
3. Sandstone Colors
As its name implies, sandstone evokes the colors of river sand. There are a large range of browns and other earthy tones to choose from when shopping for sandstone. It is worth mentioning that the Aztecs used sandstone to decorate their ancient temples. For this reason, interior decorators who are going for the Southwest style often choose sandstone.
4. Marble Colors
If dark floors with a wet look interest you, marble will be one of your top choices. The metamorphic composition of marble occurs in underground streams that gather sedimentary rocks with a heavy magnesium carbonate content. The fine green veins often seen in marble tiles combine nicely with the darker colors of this natural stone.
5. Limestone Colors
As one of the most organic stones, limestone holds the distinction of being largely composed of calcium released by the remains of aquatic vertebrates. As such, bone-white limestone is not hard to find. Other nice tones include creamy lime green with not too many veins.
6. Slate Colors
The oceanic and coastal origin of this metamorphic rock comes in many colors. Dark slate tiles are ideal for projects that call for nonslip surfaces. These tiles have a subdued look unless you want to apply a high glossy finish.
You should also note that natural-stone floor surfaces require special care once they have been installed. To clean your stone floors, follow these simple steps:
- Sweep or vacuum first
- Add 2-4 ounces of a specially formulated stone and tile floor cleaner to one gallon of hot or cold water
- Mop the floor with a string mop, sponge mop, or towels
- Change the water as it becomes soiled
Also, make sure you do not polish your stone floors, as they can become slippery.
To learn more about caring for stone floors, reach out to the Stone Care Experts at Granite Gold®. We carry a wide variety of cleaning, sealing, and other products that are safe to use on natural stone. Give us a call today at 1-800-475-STONE.