Natural stone has been used as a building material and in interior design for centuries. The look is timeless and will never go out of style. With such a wide variety of colors, textures, and applications, the possibilities are endless. Natural stone goes well with other materials like wood and glass, and looks great in any style home, from traditional, to rustic, to contemporary. It can be subtle and refined or it can be striking and bold. From the marble columns of ancient Rome and Greece, to the new granite countertops in custom homes, natural stone is as functional as it is beautiful. It is sure to be an investment that can be appreciated for a lifetime, by you…and your home!
At Mizell’s, we offer a wide variety of natural stones including: granite, marble, quartz, travertine, and slate. Our talented designers can help you select the material that is best for your project. We can even work with you one-on-one to create a custom design that is just right for your home. So whether you’re building a new home or just working on a small renovation project, let Mizell’s help you achieve the look you want!
Types of Natural Stone
Granite is an igneous rock formed from solidified magma. Of the many qualities, granite is mostly known for its strength and durability. It is also scratch proof and heat resistant; making it an excellent material for countertops as it can easily withstand hot pots and knife blades. Granite is heavy, permanent, and substantial, which is why it adds such value to homes. The texture of this natural stone varies, depending on the size and amount of crystals within the rock. It also comes in a wide variety of colors, including white, light golden brown, charcoal grey, black, and green. With so much to choose from, you cannot go wrong with granite, and are certain to find a perfect match for your space!
Marble is formed from limestone, and is truly a unique stone. It has been used for hundreds of years in palaces, temples, and for sculptures. It’s elegance adds a look of luxury and richness. Marble can be applied to floors, walls, countertops, fireplaces, tub and shower surrounds, and other areas. The colors vary from white to brown to black, with varieties of greens and pinks also. Marble’s one of a kind look comes from the veins and swirls that are within the rock. No two pieces are exactly alike, ensuring that you will have a custom look, no matter where you apply it!
Quartz, a crystallin mineral, is found in great abundance on the earth, and is the most mineral-based form on our planet, besides water. Small amounts of Quartz can also be found in other natural stones like granite and sandstone. It is naturally hard and extremely durable. It has no holes, cracks, or pores, and is scratch resistant. For these reasons it is a sought after material for countertops since it is easy to clean and maintain. This stone gives you a more consistent look, as it has slightlly less variation than the other natural stones. Colors of quartz vary tremendously, making it easy to find the perfect shade for your project.
Travertine is also formed from limestone. It is special because it has small holes and pits throughout the stone that add an aged asthetic and gives it unique character. It has a very warm and soothing look to it because of the earthy tones it is usually found in. Travertine ranges from light cream and tan to deep mocha and golden brown. Once installed, travertine can be honed and filled, meaning that the holes within the stone are filled with grout, giving it a more finsihed look. Popular uses for travertine are backsplashes, floors, and tub and shower surrounds/walls. This beautiful stone also looks great applied in a mosaic tile, as it provides great variation. Travertine is sure to enhance your home with it’s natural beauty and exceptional texture!
Slate is made from shale and clay and is another natural stone with a very earthy look. It has layers of texture that add depth and richness to the stone. Slate works well as a flooring material, both indoors and out. It is also very beautiful when applied as a backsplash or wall covering. The most common color of slate is grey, but it is rarely solid. The stone has veins and lines of purple, pink, blue and green throughout it, adding even more visual interest. Surfaces finished in slate have distinctive charm and will provide lifelong enjoyment!