The popularity of limestone in home décor has increased
over the years. This popularity can be partially attributed to the magnificent
history of the stone itself. Limestone is a sedimentary rock that forms in
water sources, thereby allowing for the deposit of marine organisms and shells.
Fossilizations of shells and other sea creatures can often be seen in the
limestone itself, making for a beautiful surface as well as a conversation
piece. It has been used as a building material for centuries and many ancient limestone
buildings are still standing. Limestone comes in a variety of earthy tones and
colours. It is these tones that make it an easy stone to match to any décor.
Common Household Limestone Applications
Much like its counterpart marble,
limestone has a variety of uses in and around the home. From tiled floors, to
countertops, wall tiles to landscape design, limestone really is a beautiful
and versatile stone.
Countertops – This durable stone is a popular choice as its natural stone and sand colours
easily match appliances and kitchen furniture. It is generally less expensive
than marble or granite. As long as it is treated and cleaned properly, it will
last for a very long time. Its value is evident with resale of your home as
Tiles – The earthy tones that are naturally occurring in limestone make it a
popular choice for floor tiles as it is a neutral tile to match wall paint,
furnishings, or artwork too.
tiles – Used as a wall tile for a backsplash in a bathroom or kitchen, limestone
will make a durable and impressive statement. Limestone as a wall tile would
also make an equally impressive conversation piece as an accent wall in a
sitting room, living room, or rec-room.
Walkways – A beautiful and durable option for outdoor walkways and pool decks.
Its porous nature makes for an ideal surface as it absorbs moisture thereby
making it safer to walk on than some other slippery stone surfaces used in
these applications. It is this porousness that also allows the stone to take on
very unique characteristics over time when used outdoors.
Design – Whether used for patio stones, walkways, pool surrounds, or in various
sculpted decorations, limestone is an excellent stone. Its durable nature and
eye pleasing designs will enhance any outdoor projects. Stepping stones, pavers, garden accents and
retaining walls are just a few of the outdoor uses for this versatile stone.
generally a less expensive stone than marble. It has a completely different
look as well. Limestone is limited to
more earthy and sandy tones but it can have very interesting design elements
caused by the fossilization of marine life.
Limestone also has a matte finish, as opposed to the high gloss shine of
. The choice between the two
is more a matter of taste and preference, and possibly cost if that comes in to
the equation. Limestone floor tile installation is much the same as other stone
or tile floors. You need to start with a sturdy and level subfloor. You then
apply a grout to adhere the stone to the subfloor, and place the tiles in the
pattern that you have previously decided on. Properly installed and cared for limestone
will last for generations. It will take on a unique look over time as it ages
in your home.