Colors play a dramatic role in setting the mood of a room, especially when natural stone is involved in the design. Homeowners often want to match their new flooring and counter-tops to items they already own, or to their existing paint scheme. It’s best, when choosing something as significant as flooring or counter-tops, to reconsider the entire space. Think of it not in terms of what it currently is and how you can fit the new colors into it, but of what the space could be. Reinventing your space, instead of retrofitting it, may be intimidating at first, but when you take this approach, you will end up with a much more cohesive, professional look.
Natural stone comes in an endless variety of colors and choosing the right one can be a daunting task. For most rooms, start by choosing the color of stone that you love. Don’t worry about how it will fit into the room. You’ll worry about fitting the room to the stone later. Choose a stone that you think is beautiful, regardless of whether it matches the color of your cabinets or walls. You will be far more satisfied, in the end, by choosing a stone that you simply adore, rather than choosing a color or style because you think it will match.
Because stone is a natural product, it will likely contain many colors in itself. It is quite permissible to draw the colors for the room from the palette of colors represented in the stone. Then, it is the stone that serves as the harmonizing factor in the room, and thus it becomes the focal point.
Once you’ve chosen your stone, imagine what colors will look best on the walls. Keep in mind that, when trying to choose a color shade to match your stone, even the smallest sample of natural stone will contain a wide range of colors. Likewise, taking a sample piece of stone to a paint store isn’t always the best idea. By considering the space for which the colors will be used and the effect you desire for your home design, you can come up with a plan to make them all work in harmony together.
As a general rule, cool colors (blues and greens) tend to make a room feel more spacious and formal, while warm colors (reds, yellows, and browns) lend a cozy feeling. The most dramatic thing you can do to a room is change the paint on the walls, and if you hate your first choice, you can always repaint. It won’t cost much beyond your investment of time. After investing thousands of dollars into natural stone counter-tops, it is a small thing to repaint the walls, change the handles on the cabinet doors, or replace a white microwave with a stainless steel one. Also, keep in mind that items can be always be moved.
By opening your mind to what could be, you open the door to a world of possibilities. Choose a paint color you love, a natural stone you adore and the accessories to tie it all together for a new look that reflects your sense of style. We hope you have found that designing with color and natural stone is all a matter of matching your personal taste. For help in finding the stone that’s right for your home, give us a call.