Decorate with Natural Stone

If you're thinking of using natural stone in your home but aren't sure what look works best for your space, design expert Trish Johnston has some answers. Here Trish shows us two ways to decorate with natural stone -- one traditional and one modern look.

A Traditional Look

Decorate with Natural Stone: A Traditional Look

Above: wallpaper by Farrow & Ball; blue stone and iron table, Cornerstone Antiques; white linen slip covered chairs, natural sisal rug, IKEA; black iron bent arm chandelier, ELTE; rug, West Elm

Go bold with wallpaper

This is a gorgeous new take on a damask print. Try traditional prints in an unexpected colour, which breathes new life to traditional spaces.

Don't hang your lighting too high

The traditional bent arm iron chandelier pulls all the pieces together. Make sure you hang your light fixture 30" off the top of the table to start with, then adjust depending on the fixture. You want it to feel like a part of the design of the room, not an afterthought.

Use natural stone as a table top

Use an unexpected stone as a table top. Bluestone is a stone that is often used for exterior applications and is very resistant, making it a good choice for a family table. Mix it with clean-lined linen chairs to soften the look.

Add texture with a natural sisal rug

A natural sisal rug adds warmth and texture but is also very durable, making it a great choice for high traffic areas.

A Modern Look

Decorate with Natural Stone: A Modern Look

Above: paint "iron mountain" 2134-30 by Benjamin Moore; white modern light fixture and two grey modern chairs, ELTE; white marble coffee table, Moscone; rug, West Elm

Paint a dark wall and mount tone-on-tone prints

Go with a dramatic dark wall to really make the marble pop. Tone-on-tone prints hung in multiples give interest to the space without being too overwhelming.

Go with a modern white light fixture

This modern look calls for a very cool white modern piece that picks up the white of the marble.

Consider a custom marble piece

Many stone suppliers will now fabricate custom tables for your space using all kinds of different species of stone. Funky grey chairs with chrome legs surrounding the table offer a little bit of shimmer that works so well in a modern space.

Soften the modern look with a shag rug

Layer a shag rug underneath everything to soften the hardness of the stone. Doing so feels and looks very luxurious!


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