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Interior limestone flooring is gaining in popularity in new build and renovation projects alike. When choosing flooring for your home, there are literally hundreds of different options available. So why is interior stone flooring so popular? Here, we examine why more and more people are ‘turning to stone’…
It’s so versatile!
It’s hard to think of a more flexible interior floor covering than limestone flooring. Most other types of floor covering are much better suited to some rooms than others. Carpet is great in the bedroom, but not very practical (or hygienic) in a bathroom or kitchen! On the other hand, ceramic tiles, which are designed to work well in kitchens and bathrooms, can be bland and cold in a living room or bedrooms.
But limestone flooring can be used in virtually every room in the house. This is great for achieving a consistent look throughout the home. It’s especially useful in multi-purpose areas like an open-plan kitchen/diner/family room. If you’re thinking of interior stone flooring for your home, here are some ideas on where and how to use it… and why.
Bathrooms and wet rooms
Limestone flooring is the perfect choice in bathrooms, wet rooms and cloakrooms. It’s much easier to cut than other harder interior stone flooring – an important consideration when fitting flooring in a small space! It’s also great for bare feet because it works well with cosy underfloor heating. And when wet, it’s less slippery than other solid surfaces, including granite, marble and high gloss ceramic tiles.
Limestone flooring is easy to maintain and keep clean, making it the obvious hygienic choice in the kitchen. But being natural stone, each slab is totally unique. They each have their own distinct marks, patterns and shades from their formation on ocean floors or riverbeds hundreds of millions of years ago. This means it can add a touch of much-needed warmth and character to the kitchen, which for many modern households is the heart of the home.
This is traditionally the most likely downstairs rooms to have a fitted carpet. So why are more and more of today’s families tearing up the living room ‘shag pile’? Well, interior limestone flooring can provide a lifetime of cosy evenings by the fire. It doesn’t wear out like carpet, and is much easier to keep clean too. Team with underfloor heating to avoid the need for ugly radiators. And nothing looks better on limestone flooring than a beautiful rug or two.
If you have ground floor bedrooms, limestone flooring could be a really smart choice – especially if you or any of your family members suffer from allergies. Dust (and dust mites) love soft furnishings, bedding and carpets. Swap the outdated carpets in your bedroom for interior stone flooring, and that’s one less place for allergens to hide! As with living rooms, use stylish modern mats or a classic rug for a bit of softness underfoot where it’s needed.
Conservatories and orangeries
Any rooms that help to ‘bring the outdoors in’ (along with annoying muddy footprints and paw prints) need a practical flooring solution first and foremost. That’s why many people choose ceramic tiles in orangeries and conservatories.
Limestone flooring can be a much more attractive alternative, adding a touch of character and a feeling of warmth, without compromising on the easy-clean versatility of hard flooring. Another advantage of laying interior stone flooring in these rooms is that you can choose to continue the look outside with matching stone slabs on an adjoining patio or terrace.