The use of decorative stone for modern interiors’ finishing and design of various rooms of modern dwellings has become incredibly popular. The decoration with the help of decorative stone in the mood-rooms, halls, corridors and vestibules become more widespread. Natural material or its effective imitation allows creating original images that blend harmoniously in the decoration of the surfaces of the auxiliary room with the different styles of decoration of modern dwellings – apartments or private houses. Variety of options in the execution with artificial stone allows you to find the option of finishing for any budget of the hallway repair. A wide range of color and textural solutions can satisfy the most demanding buyers. This publication is intended to help those who are considering the choice of finishing materials from natural stone or its artificial counterpart by the example of a large-scale selection of design projects with hundreds of spectacular photos.
Types of decorative stone, its properties, advantages and disadvantages
Elegant decoration of the hallway can be done both with the help of natural stone, and with the use of its artificial counterpart. It all depends on your financial capabilities and the characteristics of the room itself. Each finish option has a set of advantages and disadvantages. One thing is obvious: a wide range of finishing materials can meet the needs of customers with different purse sizes and product selection criteria.
Natural stone for the decoration of the hallway
So it happened that the use of natural stone in the decoration always indicates a high prosperity of the owners, the respectability of the home. And this is not surprising, because the stone decoration can be literally left in the inheritance of the younger generation. But in addition to durability, facing with the help of natural stone has other advantages:
- high strength and durability;
- no response to sunlight or moisture;
- unrivaled appearance;
- a wide range of color and textural solutions created by nature itself;
- high environmental friendliness and safety, both for humans and the environment;
- excellent soundproofing qualities.
But, like most finishing materials, natural stone has its drawbacks:
- high cost of raw materials and services for its installation (complexity of material processing);
- large weight of products, which imposes prohibitions on use on certain surfaces;
- heterogeneity of the material, the complexity of selecting products of one size or absolutely identical color and textural solutions.
The use of decorative stone for Modern interiors’ finishing of different surfaces
Artificial analogue of stone became most widely used as a finishing material of living spaces. Its popularity is due to the following qualities:
- light weight of products and ease of installation, the possibility of facing any surfaces (an artificial stone is at times simpler to deliver and apply than natural);
- high level of imitation of natural material, often not inferior by aesthetic properties (the widest range of color and textural solutions);
- affordable cost of products and services for facing surfaces comparing to natural raw materials;
- the created cover is restorable;
- The coating has excellent hydrophobic qualities – it’s easy to care for.
The disadvantages of a decorative stone created in artificial conditions are few. In addition to the absence of natural origin, one can only name exposure to mechanical action in some types of products (all depends on the material of execution), and the high cost of the raw material itself and the installation of some modifications of artificial stone.
Artificial stone for finishing the surfaces of the hallway
Artificial stone in the decoration of the premises looks impressive, of course. But it’s important not to cross that edge, behind which the spectacular design becomes overloaded. In particular, this moment concerns finishing materials with a pronounced texture and unusual coloring. So, the design of the hallway with the help of decorative stone will depend on the following factors:
- the dimensions of the room (including the height of the ceilings);
- presence of a source of natural light (it is extremely rare for apartments, but the hallway in private houses can be equipped with more than one window opening);
- the chosen style of decoration of space;
- the prevailing color palette of the interior.
Artificial stone can be used both for facing entire surfaces, and their elements or parts. Very often decorative stone is used to protect the most vulnerable places from mechanical damage: corners, door and arch openings. In some cases it is justified to create so-called panels – an artificial stone is glued in the zone of increased risk of contamination (the lower part of the walls, approximately to the middle of the surface). The use of modern technologies makes it possible to create stone imitation in products that are incredibly convenient for facing of different surfaces. Even radial planes can be trimmed with an artificial stone, not to mention simple niches and apertures.
The modern market of finishing materials is saturated with goods that effectively imitate natural stone. Obviously, different raw materials are used for their production, possessing a certain set of technological and aesthetic qualities. Let us consider the most popular options of creating an alternative to stone decoration in more detail.
Gypsum artificial stone
One of the most popular ways to create a spectacular and, at the same time, compliant in terms of installation stone imitation is the use of gypsum. Low cost and excellent technological qualities are pushing most customers to choose gypsum products for interior finishing of the home. In addition to excellent aesthetic qualities and a democratic price, gypsum decorative stone has one more important advantage – low weight. In the end, even a large amount of facing material is easy to transport and mount.
Externally, the gypsum analogue of the stone is very similar to the sandstone (it is produced in various color solutions close to the natural palette). At the same time it is easy to mount by gluing (any one can cope with facing). Gypsum artificial stone can be easily combined with other types of finishing – painting, wallpapering with wallpaper, processing with decorative plaster.
The gypsum material has a porous structure. The advantage of such a structure is the possibility of the created finish to “breathe”, partially letting in air. But the drawback of such material is that the gypsum stone perfectly passes moisture. It must be covered with special varnishes and impregnations to prevent the destruction and spread of the fungus.
Concrete “stone” lining
Products that mimic natural stone in this case consist of sand, hardening components, plasticizers and color pigments. The following components can be added in order to give the surface look of artificial “stone”:
- ceramic fine particles;
- granules of expanded clay (helps to not only change the structure of products, but also give it certain technological properties).
The main advantage of a decorative stone made on a concrete basis is its versatility. With the help of special glue the “concrete stone” lining can be processed on any surfaces.
Porcelain stoneware for anteroom
Ceramic granite for finishing is a tile, which includes special elements that enhance the properties of strength, wear resistance, durability and resistance to mechanical stress. The following composition allows porcelain stoneware to withstand the heavy loads:
- several varieties of clay;
- mineral fillers;
- pigments of different colors.
Increased strength properties of porcelain stoneware acquires after pressing and subsequent firing at high temperatures. Products of porcelain stoneware very often have a glossy surface. The use of abrasive cleaning agents for coatings from this type of finishing material is undesirable. The ceramic granite tiles can be used for both wall finishing and flooring. The floor tiles have a rough surface to prevent slipping.
Ceramic facing tiles
Ceramic tile is infrequently used for tiling the walls of the hallway. Basically it is used as a material for creating panels in the lower part of the walls, as the most risky zones in terms of pollution in utilitarian space. Ceramic tiles are durable; they are not exposed to moisture and sunlight, not subject to burnup and have high resistance to mechanical stress. Ceramic tiles are often used to imitate such natural stone as marble. Natural material is expensive and heavy. In addition, it requires special maintenance conditions (periodic grinding and polishing). It is all at times simpler with ceramic tiles. All it requires is usual cleaning with the use of liquid cleaners.
Agglomerate as an analog of stone finish
In the composition of agglomerates there is a marble and granite crumb. These inclusions allow the material to have high strength characteristics. Also, the structure of agglomerates includes limestones, quartz sand and color pigments. Like most finishing materials that simulate natural stone, agglomerates are mounted with glue on a previously prepared surface.
Acrylic Stone Finish
The use of acrylic material for finishing the walls of the hallway has several advantages:
- sufficiently high resistance to mechanical stress;
- resistance to moisture;
- the surface does not attract dirt and dust (which is an important aspect for a hallway prone to contamination);
- simplicity of installation and subsequent care;
- small weight of products.
Quartzite for facing surfaces
Quartz stone is often used as a material for the manufacture of countertops and window sills. High strength, easy maintenance, excellent resistance to moisture and aesthetic properties, allow the use of this material for finishing surfaces, including the premises of vestibules and halls. The material is able to create a durable finish, which will not lose its original appearance, despite the impact of various factors.
Flexible decorative stone for the hallway
Such words as “flexible” and “stone” are difficult to use in one sentence. But the fact is that modern production of finishing materials has reached a level where the expression “flexible decorative stone” does not seem strange. Flexible stone is produced directly in the place of sandstone extraction. The raw material is cut with a very thin layer so that its beautiful natural pattern and texture is preserved. Further, this thin section is subjected to grinding until a smooth surface is obtained. The cut material is pasted onto a layer of strong textiles with an acrylic plasticizer applied to its surface.
After some while the textiles will be removed, and the mineral itself with a layer of acrylic plasticizer will be dried in the open air. Due to the high ductility of the resulting product, the flexible stone can be glued to any surface, even radial. You can face archways or process their corners, smoothing their sharpness. This modern and versatile material has a fairly high cost, but it is due to its excellent technological qualities and unlimited possibilities in terms of installation.
Design of anteroom using decorative stone
The most widespread was the fragmentary use of the finishing stone in the design of the hallway. The fact is that in most apartments of the West World the hallway is a small room without a source of natural light (often the room also has a wrong shape). And the abundance of stone trimmings can do a disservice in small spaces. It visually reduces the volume of the room and creates a depressing atmosphere. In opposite, if you have a stone finish in the form of narrow vertical strips, you can not only diversify the design of the hallway walls and bring a zest to the design of the room, but also visually increase the height of the ceiling of a small room.
If the decorative stone is planned to be used to create the entire wall finish, then light color solutions are chosen for products in most cases. As a result, you can get a lightweight image of a utilitarian space, but with a non-trivial design. Such a light finish can also be used as a material for creating an accent surface. Not coloring one, but texturing one.
The original design method for decorating of utilitarian premises is the use of pebbles or river stones. In this case, a stone with a dull surface can be used both as a decorative element (small inserts in the decoration of walls or decoration of a floor covering) and in the form of a basic finishing material (an option for spacious rooms with good illumination).