Stone flooring often conjures up images of cosy farmhouses and quaint buildings that date back many years, but many people also consider that it can feel cold and unwelcoming. However, nothing could be further from the truth. There are a number of ways in which a home can be made to feel warm and cosy even with stone flooring and this type of flooring also has a number of other benefits.
Benefits of stone flooring
The main benefit of stone flooring is the overall durability of the material. It will last for many years and takes very little looking after. It can more than withstand daily wear and tear and many homeowners have found that it can add value to their property, as it should not need to be replaced for many years.
As a natural material, it can actually be warmer than some of the other options available for flooring. It is also ideal for those who have opted for underfloor heating as it can conduct the heat better, reducing the need for other forms of heating.
The decor of the room is very important when using stone flooring. Painting the walls a stark white will not help the room to feel warmer. A soft cream colour or similar shade will help to keep the room light and airy while at the same time offering a warming glow. A real fire or wood burner can also help to lift the room and add a welcoming touch, in line with the rustic feel that stone flooring can give a home.
The materials and type of furniture used in the room can also add to the warming effect. For example, soft rugs in bright or warm shades can do much to soften the lines of the room, giving it a more welcoming feel. In a larger room, a large fabric sofa will also help with the warming effect and make the room seem more inviting.
Consider some traditional wooden shutters to help to add texture and warmth to the decor. They are affordable and easy to put into place. Choosing an unusual shutter will help to create a focal point in the home and interesting wall decor can become a talking point when visitors arrive. This will help to create texture and depth in the room.
There are warming benefits to using natural wood for furniture, so this is something to consider when choosing coffee tables, bureaus and dining room furniture. Natural wood furniture is also designed to last and will help to create a timeless look to the decor.
Is stone flooring worth it?
The simple answer is yes. It can be laid at a very reasonable cost and the benefits will last for a lifetime. It has something for those who like traditional homes and for those who prefer a contemporary look too, so its versatility will appeal to all.
(Our black labrador is lying cosily on Ionian Travertine floor tiles)