No matter where you live, chances are you can benefit from a fireplace. There’s nothing like curling up with a book or movie for a relaxing evening or afternoon. Stone’s versatility allows fireplaces to be constructed inside or outside depending on your preference and the climate where you live.
Either way, you’ll have a timeless area for you and your family to enjoy. But with so many different types of stone on the market, how do you know what to choose? Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:
Tone and Texture
While you want your fireplace to make a statement, it should not be so bold that it clashes with the rest of your home’s decor. Think about what type of tone you want to convey with your fireplace — is it sleek and modern, rustic and hearty, or somewhere in between?
The answer to that question will help you decide what type of natural stone to choose. If you want a more modern look, think about granite or marble. If a more cozy look is what you’re after, consider travertine or quartzite. For something between the two, look to quartzite or slate.
Color and Longevity
The color options available for each type of natural stone may also play a role in your fireplace decision. You want to choose a color that will work well with the color scheme in your home, and something that you won’t get tired of looking at day in and day out.
Unlike paint or other wall coverings, it’s difficult — if not impossible — to change natural stone once it’s installed. You may also want to consider your home’s resale value when making this decision. A fireplace is a focal point of any home and should be something that adds value to your sale, rather than taking away from it.