The Marble Doctor team always has its finger on the pulse of the latest stone design trends that are eye-catching and unique while retaining a high level of reliability and functionality. Whether you’re looking to install new stone, repair and upgrade your current stone design, or integrate natural stone in other areas of your home or business, we’ve pulled together some of the hottest 2019 stone design trends for you.
Our team has scoured design magazines, talked to our customers, perused stone design websites and consulted our own expert team to collect the following top stone design trends for 2019.
Green, Eco-friendly Materials
Environmentally friendly stone materials and applications continue to be a trend in 2019. Homeowners continue to prioritize eco-friendly stone that both protects the environment and doesn’t adversely impact the air quality of a home, impacting the health of its residents. Customers are also showing increased interest in sustainable and eco-friendly stone harvesting techniques.
All Clad Walls
When we think of stone design applications, our minds tend to focus on marble or limestone kitchen countertops. However, stone is being used beyond the kitchen countertop as unique design accents throughout the home.
Stone cladding is a hot 2019 trend that is set to take off in the next few years. Cladding is the application of thin, milled stone to interior or exterior walls that gives the illusion that the wall is made entirely of stone. Granite, marble, and slate can all be used for cladding a wall and the infinite textures and looks of natural stone give this technique limitless design potential.
Matte and Softer Surfaces
Texture and feel are playing a more influential design role in 2019. Honed and leather surfaces can be used on granite, marble, and other smooth stone surfaces. Polished stone surfaces remain very popular, but the matte finish offered by a honed approach, or the softer look of a leather application, are gaining in popularity. Polish is losing ground to a more tactile approach to stone design.
A major 2019 design trend that’s mixing things up is the juxtaposition of seemingly disjointed design materials. The blending of smooth and tactile surfaces, industrial and natural elements, concrete and wood, and glass and cushy furniture is a trend that has opened up stone design to new and uncharted territory. Pairing rustic elements with marble countertops of wall cladding, once unheard of, is becoming more and more common, as interior designers look to balance modernity with history and the industrial with the natural.
All White Kitchens Go Dark
All white kitchens—white cabinets, white countertops, white appliances—have been a trend for some time now and likely won’t fade away any time soon. That said, a movement is underway to turn down the brightness a bit when it comes to kitchen design. Darker tones of color as well darker stone are becoming increasingly popular among interior designers and homeowners. Stone like Wiskon Granite with its mix of white and black tones, or Pulpis, a brown-hued stone with a mix of gold and white, are appearing in more and more kitchens as the white kitchen trend diminishes in popularity somewhat.
Stone in the Bedroom
Natural stone in the kitchen. Check. In the bathroom. For sure. In the bedroom? What? Yes, 2019 has seen some interesting stone-design applications, including clad accent walls in master bedrooms.
Backsplash Goes Big
Subway tile backsplashes have ruled the roost for some time now, but designers and homeowners seem to be moving away from this trend and towards using larger, natural stone materials for backsplashes. Large slabs of marble and other natural stones are being deployed for stunning and unique backsplashes that add to a kitchen or other room’s wow factor.
The use of natural stone by interior designers, homeowners, and businesses is evolving as we write this. The days of using marble and granite only for elegant kitchen countertops is gone; a whole new world of stone design is gaining traction, as people look to add unique mixtures of design elements into their homes and businesses.
For more information about stone design and stone restoration, refinishing, and repair, reach out to our team. We’d love to hear your ideas and talk about how we can help you achieve your design goals.