Stone slabs create the most impact when installed on vertical wall applications. The natural veining and color in the stone are more outstanding and striking when seen on a vertical surface. It is usual to buy a slab of granite or marble from a slab yard that displays the stone upright, where the colors and patterns are straightforwardly seen, and then have it installed on horizontal surface such as a countertop. The travesty in this scenario is that the countertop unavoidably gets covered up by mail, decorative items, or various stuff where the stone is never seen in the way that is was chosen from day one. To proudly display stone where it truthfully shines, install it on a vertical surface such as a shower surround, fireplace surround, kitchen backsplash, or wainscot in a bathroom.
Stone Shower Surrounds
Solid granite or marble shower surround is the ideal application to exhibit the natural beauty of stone while lessening the time to clean and preserve the shower. Each slab of stone is unique and has individual characteristics such as veining patterns, color variations, and movement types. Within the same bundle of granite, the veining movement will vary from one slab to the next in a natural progression as it is found in the earth. For this very reason, solid stone can be regarded art when featured on a wall.
Stone Fireplace Surrounds
Solid stone slab fireplace surrounds are an outstanding place to exhibit the beauty of natural stone. Traditional and modern fireplaces are naturally located to be a focal point and prominent feature in a room, as a result, the stone’s color and movement is obviously noticeable. Depending on the design of the fireplace surround, it is a chance to put on show the stone where it can be truthfully admired. Surrounds range from classic styles that directly wrap around the fireplace under the mantel to full-height wall features that reach from floor to ceiling. The large selection of granite and marble makes it easy to get the perfect color and pattern for any fireplace surround style.
Stone Kitchen Backsplash
There is no better way to put on show the beauty of the kitchen countertop than to extend it up the backsplash to the cabinets and vent hood. This application accentuates the natural characteristics of the stone since it allows the movement and colors to be discerned from a different angle – on a vertical surface. One instance is that iridescent chips in granite reflect the light in a different way vertically and can draw attention to the little “gems” of the stone that might have been overlooked on the countertop. Color movement and veining can also be pre-planned and importantly displayed to show-off certain parts of the slab that are more interesting than others.
Stone Bathroom Wainscoting
Marble and granite slabs make great wainscoting in the bathroom. This application is a more luxurious look when compared to tile and reduces the number of grout joints. A bathroom wainscot is typically 36″ – 48″ high and trimmed with either a stone or wood profiled chair rail. Slabs can be installed in large solid slabs (approximately 6′ long) or cut into smaller sections in order to make a certain style or look. The most ordinary tile sizes are 12″, 18″, and 24″ squares, so installing unique sized pieces such as 24″ wide by 48″ high installed vertically can put on show the natural movement in the stone while achieving a European styled bathroom with the larger more prestigious sized tiles.
Find more ideas on stone wall at Alliedstoneinc.com. It specializes in unique and customized kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities. They takes pride in crafting their exceptional designs as they do offer granite, marble, onyx, soapstone at the highest quality. Allied Stone kitchen countertops come with only the highest quality stone and level of workmanship. Their streamlined production process, combined with thir stunning inventory of natural stone, allows them to offer their customers elegance and efficiency.