A Versatile Element
Gray limestone can work in a wide range of design styles, from clean and contemporary to rustic and woodsy, from classic Americana to sophisticated spa.
It's no wonder that many of our natural stone suppliers are now carrying tiles and mosaics that are either made from various gray- and taupe-colored limestones or durable porcelains designed to mimic the limestone look.
Limestone is a dense natural stone in the same family as travertine and marble. It's long been prized as a sophisticated building material, with rich neutral colors, smooth textures, and beautiful natural patterns. Limestones of a certain density can even be installed outside and withstand our Pacific Northwest winters.
Whether in a 12x24 vein-cut tile or mixed with glass in a linear mosaic, gray limestone is emerging as a strong and popular design element in the tile industry.
Neutral & Natural - Keys to Timeless Design
Tile, when properly installed, will last a lifetime. When faced with such a long-term decision, customers often ask, "What can I do to keep this from looking dated a few years down the road?"
Many people want to avoid the "Avocado Refrigerator Effect" and choose a classic, timeless product and design for their home. There are two easy ways to do this: Keep it natural, and keep it neutral.
By choosing colors that can be found in nature, you are starting with nature's own tried and true color palette. Now, while this can mean the bright citrus and floral tones of a Hawaiian sunset, it can also mean the dusky grays and earthy browns of a mountainside: colors that harmonize well with the steely shades of our modern, industrial world.
More and more, people are leaning towards warm grays, taupes, and soft browns. These colors are calming, creating a spa-like retreat in one's own home. They are also very neutral: you can dress them up with warm or cool colors; add a pop of red, orange, green, or blue; and ask them to be casual or formal based upon other elements in the room.
The linear look is very popular right now, but is it too trendy? What about a traditional brick pattern, is it too boring? The answer to "what pattern should I use" falls again within the parameters of natural and neutral.
The linear look can lend itself to all-natural imagery, such as bamboo, waterfalls, the layered veins of natural stone. However, if it's constructed of lime green glass or stainless steel, it will have a decidedly different feel.
You should also feel comfortable with very man-made patterns that stand the test of time, like a classic offset brick, pinwheel, or weave pattern.
If the pattern is constructed of materials with natural variation and neutral coloring, then it will feel more classical, even if the pattern itself is a bit more contemporary.