Learning to Live Together (or Cleaning and Caring for Your Natural Stone)

You’ve spent a ton of time, money, and energy building or remodeling your indoor or outdoor living area — and your family loves your new natural stone walkways, countertops, and floors!

Now it’s time to Get to Know Your Stone. Learning to live with the natural stone you’ve installed will go more smoothly if you’re armed with information on how to protect and maintain the stone.

Your stone supplier probably provided some tips on care, but Get to Know Your Stone offers a quick-reference laundry list of which cleaning products to use on what types of stains, like ink, coffee, and even bird droppings. The goal? To preserve both the beauty of your natural stone and your relationship for many years to come.

Natural Stone Countertops – Popular Again

The world’s oldest structures date back nearly 5, 000 years and are built from stone, of course. Later, commercial and industrial structures used stone inside and out. Then, modern homes and buildings relied on man-made materials and used very little, if any, natural stone inside. But now, natural stone has come home again.

Why? Because the kitchen, and specifically the countertops, are the focal point for most families both at the beginning and the end of each day. Whether you’re cooking a full breakfast or supper, making coffee, filling your water bottle, or grabbing your bags before rushing out the door, most likely there’s a kitchen countertop involved. Why not choose the look you’ll love to see every day?

Here’s an interesting two-minute video on how travel, technology, and tastes influenced why more and more people are choosing natural countertops for their kitchens.

Reconnect with Nature – Inside Your Home

How can you experience the peace and beauty of nature when you can’t be outside? By creating biophilic designs and spaces within your home through building practices thought to improve human health and well-being. Imagine seeing and feeling the textures and colors of a natural environment when you step inside your home. Imagine a beautiful blend of wood and stone in the floors, walls, or ceilings – in rustic to polished design styles. You, in an outside world even when you’re not.

For photos and inspiration, visit this Houzz article (Healthy Home: Wood and Stone Are Naturals in Home Design) for tips on building stone and wood into your living areas.

Colorful Granite

White, black, brown, beige, and the less common blue, burgundy, gray, green, red, and yellow.

Granite’s solid color palette includes stalwart choices that will coordinate with any color scheme, from classic to country. Want to see your options?

Start here for lots of photos and articles on white, dark, and neutral granite colors, plus a sidebar titled “Kitchen Countertops in Depth,” with links to a buying guide, ideas, styles, trends, and how-tos. And because we love pics, here are more (106 to be exact!).