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Natural Stone And Color Trends

by Megy Karydes


Incorporate Color Trends Into Your Home Design

"Color trends impact the world of natural stone less than other design elements such as paint and fabric," says Brock Mettz, owner and lead designer at Brock Lane Mettz Design. "With the exception of trending neutrals, such as white, grey, black, and beige tones, natural stone will be less impacted by the 'colors of the year.' Natural stone most often acts as the backdrop for other, more temporary, elements."

There is no denying that color can energize or soothe, creating a feeling of warmth or coolness in a room. But color is more than just paint on the wall. Natural stone colors can complement metals in a kitchen design and make it feel less industrial, while all-white kitchen cabinets might pair well with white marble to create a contemporary kitchen landscape.



Bianco Laura Brushed Quartzite

Color trends are influenced by a number of factors — from nature and the arts to the political climate and economic environment. How does this translate into home design? Homeowners are seeking to create an ambiance in their spaces using color and light.

Colors do affect natural stone choices, experts say, but not in the sense of choosing stone because of the color trends. Rather, homeowners should consider how their stone will affect other color choices today and down the road.



Belvedere Quartzite

Rebekah Zaveloff, co-founder and director of design for KitchenLab Design, agrees that stone materials influence the rest of the choices designers and clients make, since one doesn't have the ability to change the color of the stone. That's not to say color in natural stone is off limits.

Carrara and Calacatta marbles continue to be popular, as well as buttery cream and gray quartzites, according to Zaveloff. Combining beige limestones and white marbles in mosaics is a great way to combine cool and warm tones, she adds, also noting the beauty of black Nero marble combined with white and gray marbles in mosaic tile flooring.



White Carrara Extra Marble

"One of the most appealing qualities of natural stone is that it evokes a sense of permanence and gives a nod to classic design elements," adds Mettz. "Natural stone can be manipulated and used in all types of design styles, but what makes it successful is that natural stone has the ability to bridge the varying and often times contradictory color trends of the particular year or season."

Lauren Coburn, owner of Lauren Coburn, LLC, specializes in high-end residential interior design as well as interior architectural consulting. She tries to steer clients away from color trends in general, opting to use the right color for the project at hand. That being said, if a client insists on a specific color, she encourages them to consider using it in places that may be easier or less expensive to change in the future.



Ice White Granite

"I find that most clients who choose to make a bold color statement in their home that may excite them at that time tend to get tired of it down the line and end up changing to a more neutral color later," says Coburn.

Coburn suggests clients consider a timeless, neutral natural stone and pair it with an on-trend paint color, if they really want to incorporate certain colors into their overall design.

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Project Spotlight: Private Residence
Slab Material Supplied By:  Dwyer Marble & Stone
Material Used:  Four Elements Albatros
Architect:  DesRosiers Architects, Bloomfield Hills
Builder:  Custom Homes By Derocher, Royal Oak
Kitchen & Bath:  Bella Cucina Designs, Sylvan Lake
Fabricator & Installer:  P.M.P. Marble & Granite, Troy