Sandstone and bluestone outdoor kitchen

Bluestone paving and Killcare sandstone walling tie the interior design of this outdoor kitchen and living area to the surrounding landscaped gardens

This part indoor part outdoor open plan kitchen and dining area epitomises the idea of outdoor living. By incorporating natural bluestone and sandstone pavers and tiles in the interior design this sheltered space has a very real link to its outdoor surrounding landscape. The surface textures and colours of the natural stone also create a causal and relaxed atmosphere.

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When it comes to interior floors and surfaces most of us will think about using timber floorboards, a ceramic tile or natural stone tiles and pavers.

When making a selection ensure your choice takes into consideration both aesthetics (what will suit the interior design of the room?) and function (how durable do I want the floor to be?). One of the great advantages of using a natural stone tile or paver is that it will add warmth to a room and give it a real sense of character and depth.

It’s important to note that natural stone pavers are more porous than timber or ceramic surfaces and as such can be more difficult to maintain with time. Cast your mind back to the age old Italian or French villa floors which were all made from natural 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.

A great advantage of using a natural stone tile indoors is that it can connect spaces for fluid indoor – outdoor living. When you’re choosing a stone texture for your home interior design it’s important to balance the desired appearance with the durability required.

The dimensional tolerance of a natural stone tile is 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 landscape design, there is more flexibility for products whose height varies slightly, however when you work with interior design, you’re working with a finite floor slab height so it’s critical to choose products where the dimensions are consistent.

 

 

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