Healthy, Green Design: Decorating With Pebbles, Rocks and Stone

| 1/31/2011 10:09:32 AM

Stephanie Nickolson headshotStephanie Nickolson has designed residential, commercial and eco-conscious environments for more than 24 years. Her firm, Stephanie Nickolson Design, promotes the use of sustainable, non-toxic, recyclable and environmentally-friendly products and services. The firm works largely with clients who have allergies, chemical sensitivies or who have children with special needs.  

Back in the days of The Flintstones, the houses couldn’t get any earthier with their stone, pebble and rock compositions. Fred and Wilma even named their daughter “Pebbles,” they lived in “Bedrock” and their neighbor’s last name was “Rubble." Not that anyone I know has a home made exclusively of stone, including all of it’s interior furnishings. However, this home did exemplify “minimalism” to it’s fullest degree.

Whether your entire house is made of stone, your entry is carved from it, or a part of your home has some stone component, stone happens to be one of my favorite materials in home design and construction. When embellished with wrought iron, in my opinion, nothing could exude a more elegant feeling.

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The Flintstone's House is the epitome of an earthy home made of natural materials such as stone. Photo By Matthew High/Courtesy Flickr. 

Stone is so easy to incorporate into an interior; it blends with any style, depending on what it’s integrated with. When paired with metal, it can be rustic, country or Tuscan, to name a few styles. When surrounding a fireplace, it can add to a more traditional tone. I typically like to suggest some stone or rock type of product when designing with a client, while throwing some warm touches into the mix. By its nature, stone can be very cold both aesthetically and physically when used alone. By adding a textured rug over a stone floor or hanging a fabric shower curtain and plush towels in an all stone bathroom, it adds comfort and aids in noise reduction, as well as balances the hard and soft contrasting features. Stone columns need to be transported and installed with care, but when used in any room will make ceilings appear taller than they are and will add a very classic look.

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A stone entry adds beauty to a home and looks so inviting. Photo By Stirling Stoneworks/Courtesy Flickr. 

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