There is no such thing as ugly stone. Unfortunately there are some ugly paint colors, wallpapers and carpets, but you’re not going to go wrong picking any natural stone for a kitchen or bathroom. The same could be said for hardwood floors. They go with everything.
Consider your stone countertop the centerpiece for your other design decisions though. After all, it is the crown jewel of your main living area. Pick some of the hues out of the stone and pull them out with splashes of color around the room. Make color choices for window and wall treatments with the countertop in mind.
You can select a more neutral color of stone to give you broader latitude with your color choices, although colorful stone generally gives you an array of hues to choose from and the design possibilities are endless.
Be aware of texture and patterns too. If your stone has a bold, busy pattern and you want it to not share the spotlight, then don’t surround it with a bunch of busy elements. Let it shine in the spotlight by surrounding it with solids and more muted colors.
If you want the eye to go towards something else, like a gorgeous view overlooking a lake, perhaps you should choose a stone that doesn’t scream for attention.
Remember though, the color and style of stone you choose will never go out of style. Neither will hardwood floors and other natural design elements. People will always want to surround themselves with beauty provided by nature.
Designing a new look for your home can be daunting. There are so many choices, themes and colors. Some are too boring, too clean, too cluttered, too daring and just not you. Learn how to create a fresh new look that fits with your lifestyle and reflects your personality.
Here are just a few design tips to kick-start your home makeover:
TIP 1: Create a Focal Point
Whether it be an armoire, entertainment console, piano or fireplace, create a floor plan designed around that piece. It will center the room. Neutrals always make a great canvas for a room with bold furnishings or other elements that you may want to be the focal point of your home.
TIP 2: The Fifth Wall
The floor is the fifth wall to any room. Don't ignore it! Give your room character and presence by choosing a floor that works with your design.
TIP 3: Tile Style
Most tile collections have special tiles for creating designs and decorative borders within a tile pattern. These options can help you to easily put together an exquisite, detailed look for your home. But what do you do if the tile you love doesn't have matching trim pieces? Well, suitable replacement trim tile can usually be found. But don't overlook stone, wood, or metal trim that can also provide a clean finished edge and a uniquely stunning accent to your tile design.
TIP 4: Sizing Up Your Options
Patterned rugs will visually decrease the size of the room because the eye is drawn to the pattern. While solid color wall-to-wall carpet will increase the visual size of the room.
TIP 5: Color for the Mood You’re In
A room that lacks natural light can be warmed by sunny, bright yellows, oranges and reds. Cool colors such as blues and greens can add a serene feeling to a bright room. Vibrant lively colors are good for family rooms, kitchens and areas of entertainment. More formal rooms are flattered by elegant palettes of pastel.