A slab of natural stone can make an incredible impact in your home, regardless of the way it is used. Much of the time, stone slab is used as a countertop material in modern kitchens and acts as a way to add to the overall value of a home. However, there are a couple of other ways to use stone in this form to create an interesting accessory for your house.
The Beauty of Slab Furniture
There is no end to the countless ways that designers express their creativity, and modern furniture design is no different than any other medium. Experimenting with different fabrics, textures, surface finishes, and purposes has been the standard when it comes to recent furniture collections from Denver, Colorado to New York.
Although wood has generally been the material of choice to create popular furniture because of its natural charm and the ease of working with it, there is actually a rich history of people who have preferred to use stone slab to construct their furniture. In fact, cultures as old as the early Romans had a deep appreciation for the beautiful furniture that could be created by carving stone into exquisite and detailed designs. In those times, it was not unusual for an artisan to spend months to intricately carve the pieces by hand.
Furniture designers today can benefit from technology that allows them to construct amazing stone slab furniture more easily than ever before. With the help of equipment featuring water jets and diamond tipped blades, virtually any design can be carried out, even pieces that require extremely precise measuring or detailed cuts.
In a sense, this technology has also changed the public’s ability to access unique and original furniture, and we see more and more people choosing innovative designs that are much different than traditional classic pieces. Many designers have chosen to use slab in combination with other popular materials to create an interesting contrast and symmetry in their pieces, and stone has been shown to work well with everything from wood and metal to glass. This flexibility is usually linked to the fact that the organic nature of stone ensures it can complement any other natural element used as a construction material.
A popular example of this dual design in furniture is created when a table is constructed with a stone slab top supported by a wood or metal platform underneath. The resulting look is a mix of luxury and originality from the stone and a sense of strength and stability from the metal or wood foundation.
Beyond its beautiful and artistic nature, furniture made from stone slab is functional and practical as well. The nature of stones like marble and granite is to be durable and can be seen on a basic level in the way they were formed. Because these slabs are a product of intense processes that formed them over time deep below the surface of the earth, they can easily be maintained to handle the normal wear that can damage other materials. In fact, stone can outlast materials like metal, which will corrode over time, and glass, which is easily broken.
Using Slab in Stairs
A beautiful staircase can add a touch of elegance and charm to any home, and their importance goes beyond just looking nice. As a major way to get from one area of the home to another, they are both an integral part of a home’s architecture and a way to add unique style to the space. Regardless of the style used to construct a staircase, it remains one of the most memorable elements of any home when it has been carried out well.
Much of the time, our eyes are naturally drawn to an interesting staircase, and we can also appreciate the texture of the stair banister and tread without even realizing it. The tread of the staircase, which is the horizontal surface of each step, is where designers and architects are now using stone slab. Although a great choice for countertops, the durability and surface of stones like granite and marble can be equally appreciated in many ways when they are used as stair tread.
On one hand, the appeal is purely based on the beauty of the stone because slab can be found in almost any color and pattern, making natural stone a flexible way to complement any style. However, using stone slab for this purpose is also functional. Using an unpolished stone as the tread of your stairs offers a naturally slip resistant surface that is as safe as any other material. Further, it creates a durable surface that ensures your staircase will have a long life in your home, without requiring a lot of maintenance from you to keep it looking beautiful.
In contrast to stone, using carpet or wood as the tread in your staircase will likely require a higher level of maintenance, and these materials tend to me much more susceptible to damage from scratches and stains.
When stone slab is used as stair tread, it is actually installed in the same way that you would install a slab countertop. Also similar to stone countertops, a variety of stones can be used to construct the tread, including marble, granite, and travertine. Again with the use of modern tools, technology allows us to cut stone slab easily to accommodate a variety of shapes and even curved or spiral stairs.
Surprisingly, stone slab can also be cut and used for the riser of your stairs, which is the vertical space between two consecutive steps. This feature is usually considered more decorative as this area of the stairs does not endure as much wear as the surface area of each step. However, having another way to use stone slab is encouraging home owners to use their creativity with varying colors and patterns to create even more originality in their staircases.
Using stone slab in the home will always be popular because it is beautiful and practical at the same time. Further, as technology expands to make it even easier to work with this form of natural stone, designers will likely find even more uses for it throughout the home.