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My last article for this introspective on natural stone will focus on sandstone. Sandstone is composed of sand-sized minerals or rock grains, including quartz and feldspar, which are two of the most common minerals in the earth’s crust. This naturally-occuring green building material is sourced directly from the earth and readily available. Sandstone is used in some of the most-visited luxury resorts—and for good reason! It is absolutely gorgeous and gives any project a truly majestic look.
Like sand, sandstone can be any color, but is most commonly seen in tan, brown, yellow, red, gray and white. Flagstone, a product of sandstone, is great for outdoor applications like paving walkways. Sandstone is commonly used for outdoor fireplaces due to its ability to perform well in inclement weather. As outdoor living spaces are growing in popularity, sandstone is one of the most popular stones used in this type of application. Utilizing the stone for a fire pit, and ensuring luscious landscaping, will ensure the perfect outdoor retreat.
Sandstone is an amazing way to bring the feel of the rustic outdoors into interior spaces. When working in design, you should aim to tie in a look or theme throughout a project. Using sandstone is a practical and eco-friendly way to do just that. Sandstone can be used in various applications, and its rustic appeal gives any room a feeling of warmth and character.
Stone is often associated with a deep sense of history and nostalgia. Sandstone has been used for various building projects for thousands of years due to its ease of installation, durability, and beauty. In today’s market, I typically use sandstone to help reduce echo in a room, as sandstone is very sound-absorbent. This characteristic is a great bonus for indoor or outdoor applications.
I also wanted to note again that my information was provided to me by one of the best resources I have found for natural stone – usenaturalstone.com. This site acts as portal of information provided by MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute for designers, homeowners, and architects to understand the value of using natural stone in interior and exterior applications.
Interested in using sandstone in your next design project? Check out usenaturalstone.com for more info. It has been my pleasure to educate and give examples of the way natural stone is the best choice for design projects. There are so many types of natural stone that can add beauty to a home, so much so, that I’m looking forward to investigating more rare and exotic stones to incorporate into my next projects.