Rural charm with natural stone interiors

Natural Myrtle split stone flooring adds rustic charm to this country home's interior design

Myrtle split stone flooring runs throughout this rural property. The textured split finish adds depth to the interior design and ties the home’s interiors to the bushland landscape outside.

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When it comes to internal floors and surfaces most of us will consider either a ceramic tile, timber finish or stone texture.

Your choice should reflect a balance between aesthetics (what will suit the interior design of the room?) and function (how durable do I want the floor to be?). The beauty of a natural stone texture is that it will add warmth to a room and give it a real sense of character and depth.

It’s important to remember that natural stone floors are more porous than ceramic tile or timber and thus, can be more difficult to maintain as time goes on. Cast your mind back to the age old Italian or French villa floors which were all made from stone, they mature gracefully as they age but they do shift slightly both in terms of colour (as a natural result of markings) and texture. So whilst a natural stone floor will not remain as pristine as a ceramic tile, we like to think that stone floors bear the hallmarks and character of a life well lived. As they mature they gain more character and a sense of history which adds to their appeal rather than detracting from it.

One of the wonderful things about using a natural texture like stone is that it can connect both internal and external spaces for fluid indoor / outdoor living. When you’re choosing a stone texture for internal spaces, it’s important to balance the desired appearance with the durability required.

The dimensional tolerance of a product is also absolutely critical for internal spaces to ensure that the stone is a consistent thickness and can be tile glued straight into the slab. When working with outdoor spaces, there is more flexibility for products whose height varies slightly, however when you work with indoor spaces, you’re working with a finite floor slab height so it’s critical to choose products where the dimensions are constant.

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