Natural-stone veneers are part of a construction and interior design trend that favors the use of remnants. They are largely inspired by the traditional methods of using fieldstone, masonry bricks, or blocks for flooring and wall construction. The overall effect of natural-stone veneers emulates stonewall and cobblestone surfaces without having to use blocks. Depending on the desired style of the application, natural-stone veneers can be used for various purposes. Here are five popular and attractive accent applications that will fit the design ideas of most homeowners.
1. Fireplace Upgrades
In gated communities and condominiums across the United States, modern fireplaces are being constructed in a no-frills style that prioritizes function over form. A plain fireplace with not much of a surround can be upgraded with natural-stone veneers. By choosing darker textures with a brushed finish, the fireplace can provide a nice visual accent and become your home’s center of attention.
2. Dramatic Entrances
Accents in the foyer tend to make lasting impressions. To this effect, decorating the floor or the entry arch can be accomplished with natural-stone veneers. For example, blended granite veneers can be arranged in a mosaic style on the floor or along the wall space of the entryway, which will cost less than tiling the entire foyer with granite.
3. Kitchen Backsplashes
If you already have marble countertops in your kitchen, marble backsplashes will enhance the overall look. Marble veneers can be installed vertically to decorate the sides of the counter, which will be more affordable than a waterfall design that requires cutting a marble slab and making a seamless connection to the countertop. You will not have to worry about stone backsplashes getting stained as long as you use a specially formulated granite cleaner and sealer frequently.
4. Outdoor Columns
Although solid columns are still being made from marble blocks, you can achieve a similar and more affordable look with stone veneers. In this case, you should purchase veneers that have been cut into ledge pieces to decorate square columns, and you can also use them for garden walls. The look of white marble contrasts well with landscaping and vegetation, which explains why marble veneers are recommended for columns and other outdoor elements.
5. Outdoor Kitchens
Although you can make summer kitchens with natural-stone slabs or tiles, you can also use veneers for a natural look. Tiles and slabs tend to look out of place in outdoor settings. For example, a panel decorated with limestone veneers is easy to install and very attractive. Connecting a summer kitchen with the patio will look better with a garden path made with flagstone, which is essentially a natural-stone mosaic.
Whether you opt for natural-stone veneers, tiles, or slabs for your home, make sure to seal them regularly to prevent damage. Granite Gold Sealer® is a high-quality granite sealer that is safe to use on all types of natural stone, including marble, granite, travertine, and slate. To learn more about our stone care products, call Granite Gold® today at 1-800-475-STONE (7866).