3 Ways to Use Stone as Design Texture

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Stone in and around the home is a sure-fire way to add texture and, therefore, visual distinction to your surroundings. There are a wide variety of options when it comes to stone surfaces, and just as many ways to utilize a stone expanse indoors and outdoors. Here are just a few ways to use stone that have recently caught my eye; be sure to let us know your favorite tips, too.

Kitchen Marble
Images: (Left) Ashley Capp on Desire to Inspire; (Right) Ty Cole for Remodelista

Marble Kitchen

A tried and true countertop solution, marble and other veined stone surfaces make for a great mix of classic detail and visual drama. They help alleviate any cold, technical feeling brought in by stainless steel appliances, warming up the space and injecting a natural element that will last (and look great) for decades.

Upshift House Courtyard StairsImage: Dave Lauridsen for Dwell


Using stone outdoors is expected, but look at the effect that is created by mixing a variety of types of stone surfaces in a single space. There’s tons more visual excitement here than if only one stone had been used throughout this yard. Plus, less maintenance is required than with grass while still providing permeability.

Stone BathsImages: (Left) BLTD; (Right) Pinterest

Stone in the Bath

Perhaps one of the last rooms you’d think of for incorporating stone texture is the bathroom. Take a look at how these bathrooms extend the concept of using outdoor stone: one uses the real deal—loose stones as a border in the shower—along with terrific white subway tile; the other adds pebble stone as a kind of wallpaper for a show stopping look.

What are some of the ways you’ve seen stone incorporated into great spaces?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.