Get the Edge on Designing with Natural Stone

Does anything compare to the beauty natural stone adds to a home? When we think about natural stone for a home – thoughts tend to wander towards more traditional uses such as kitchen and bathroom countertops, backsplashes and flooring. Whether it’s a traditional or super sleek modern look you’re after, there are some out-of-the-box creative applications homeowners should explore. Let’s take a look room by room.

Kitchen and Bathroom

This is the most popular application of natural stone whether it’s quartz, granite or marble. Floors, counters, backsplashes and walls are all great choices. How this material is used in these spaces is what creates a unique statement. And the key is in the choice of edging. Depending on what edging you choose, you can achieve a more traditional or modern look.[/fusion_text][fusion_text]

  • Standard Profile Edges – Bullnose, Square Edges, Bevel, Ogee, Pencil, etc.
    These edges are amongst the most well known. They all treat the edge of the material, with the look you want on the thickness of the slab it came from. They are both simple and inexpensive solutions for finishing your counter tops that are appropriate for contemporary and traditional designs.
  • Laminated Edge
    Laminated edges provide a less expensive option while still achieving the look of a thick countertop. Here, a piece of stone is epoxied under your counter, creating a continuous effect. Laminated stone edges can also produce a modern contrast if you use a different kind of stone for the edge of your counters.
  • Double Stacked Edge
    If you’re going for that “wow” factor, this edge has it. It takes the laminated edge a step further by including a profile – creating a profile over a profile in a lamination. The result is a crown molding effect.
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  • Waterfall Edge
    This edge is the hottest trend this year – particularly with islands and vanities. The waterfall edge is named so because the countertop ends continue down the side of the cabinet and typically touch the floor. They are put together with two 45 degree miters for that continuous look.
  • Broken/Chiseled Edge
    This is a roughhewn edge that offers an extremely modern feel. The chiseled edge offers a unique statement for a real standout piece.
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