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Q: How do I choose the right natural stone material for my renovation projects at home?

Natural stone has been used as a material for the interior of homes for a long time now. It is used for walls tiling and floor tiling, wall columns, countertops, fireplaces, and other interior design elements.

Choosing the right natural stone starts with knowing the inherent characteristics of the type of stone you like. Here are some of the top natural stones that are very popular today:

Travertine: If not already the most popular natural stone, this natural stone may turn up to be just that in 2014. With a variety of colors, sizes and textures available, many homeowners are choosing travertine for its versatility.

Granite: A timeless classic. Granite looks great on countertops, on walls and floors alike. Granite is a great choice for its durability and unique look.

Slate: What sets slate apart from many of its counterparts are the beautiful colors that slate comes in, from red to blue to orange and more. Homeowners have no difficulty finding applications for this material—the most common of which include flooring, backsplashes, and other accent pieces.

Marble: Marble has been popular through the centuries for its unique natural design and colors.

Onyx: This stone is naturally reflective of grandeur as it has traces of both amber and ivory running throughout it. Homeowners find it a great material for kitchens, bathrooms and entryways.

Quartzite: Quartzite is unique in that it’s full of bright, almost exploding sparkles throughout the stone and it can come in a variety of colors including pink, purple and blue. It’s also a very durable stone.

Sandstone: As the name indicates, sandstone resembles sand in both its look and feel. With a grainy texture and natural golds, reds, yellows and ivorys, sandstone gives off a true “desert” feeling.

Limestone: Homeowners often enjoy limestone in bathrooms and kitchens as it is the perfect stone to survive water exposure from showers or kitchen spills.

Rocks: Another great option for introducing design and varying the texture throughout your renovation is the use of rocks. Homeowners can find many ways to utilize rocks in bathroom and kitchen designs whether it’s in the walls, floors or other accent areas. There are numerous colors, sizes and design options available so this material is extremely versatile in application.

Natural stone is a great way to add elegance, timelessness and value to your home. Talk to ACo today about ways we can help introduce one of these or even other types of stone in your kitchen or bathroom renovation!

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