Granite countertops have been a top pick among homeowners for many years, but there are other ways to use granite and other types of natural stone in a home environment. Trendsetters are always looking for new ways to use popular materials, and granite is no exception. The Stone Care Experts at Granite Gold® share some of the latest trends for using granite, marble, travertine, and other types of natural stone in your home.
If you want something more eye-catching than a standard stainless steel sink or high-maintenance porcelain, natural stone is a great choice. Granite sinks are made of granite stone dust and acrylic resin that’s been molded into a form. These rich, eye-catching sinks offer excellent durability, resistance to heat and scratches, and a huge variety of styles and colors. Granite sinks are available for kitchens and bathrooms to add a unique focal point to your space. If you want to use granite or another type of natural stone in a non-traditional way in your kitchen, a sink is the perfect way to do it.
While it’s not cost-effective to buy a slab of stone for this project, many homeowners are finding new uses for stone remnants, the leftover pieces of full slabs. One of the latest popular uses for natural stone is mounting thin pieces of striking granite in the bathroom to add a bit of storage space and class.
If you have an outdated, worn out, or boring coffee table, dinette set, or end table in your home, granite and other types of natural stone can be cut to match the top for an easy replacement. Marble is an elegant choice for a dining room tabletop with the durability to handle heavy everyday use. Modern, contemporary, and even vintage furniture can all look spectacular with a natural stone top to add a touch of luxury to an everyday item.
Fireplace Mantels and Facings
One of the latest trends for the home is a well-made fireplace mantel of natural stone. Granite can transform an ordinary fireplace into a beautiful focal point. Many high-end homes today are even incorporating stone into the facing of the fireplace. Black granite fireplace facing creates a modern look while stone with heavy veining creates more interest and catches the light from a roaring fire.
Most homeowners are familiar with stone tile showers, but a new trend extends this even further to the bathroom walls. Using granite on all walls of a bathroom adds a sleek and polished look to the space, or the idea can be toned down to a “chair rail” border. One of the most popular ideas is matching the walls to the stone tile floors. This can be done with all the walls or a single statement wall. This trend is easy to incorporate in your home and may be a cost-effective bathroom renovation, depending on the size of your bathroom and how high you take the panels.
If you have granite, marble, quartz, or another type of natural stone in your home, make sure you clean it regularly with a safe-on-stone cleaner. At Granite Gold®, we offer a wide array of high-quality stone care products that can help you maintain the beauty of your counters, floors, tables, and much more. Give us a call today at 1-800-475-STONE to learn more.