The stacked stone trend for fireplaces and the exterior of homes is a big one. I have even been in a home where the builder used stacked stone like an accent wall in the entry which was connected to the bi-level stairs. Can you imagine how much that would hurt if you banged into it or your child fell down the stairs and right into the jagged stone wall? Ouch!
If you have to choose stone because you are building a cottage or a ski chalet, here is the ONLY ones I would recommend. But truly consider the style of your home before you suddenly inject a trendy stone like this because there's nothing neutral about any of the colours. They are so bossy, they will dictate the overall colour scheme of your house forever!
So here are the ones I would choose (I have mixed in a few I would not recommend and listed the reasons why):
This one has warm (green) gray undertones and yellow/caramel tones. And notice that this cottage is filled with white walls which is the piece that relates the best to the black and white furnishings in the room. Also the ceiling has an unfinished, distressed look to it that also relates to the fireplace.
If you have recently discovered my blog and you want to start understanding undertones, start noticing what really works about each space you look at. Take this stone and insert it into a bald and boring, tract house and it will stop looking so charming and just start bossing you around (maybe).
Notice this fireplace, also from House Beautiful. It has the same tones as the first one with the addition of some blue grays. Again, there is lots of rough looking wood that works with a textural fireplace like this.
See the butterscotch tones in this stone fireplace above? You can see that the colour of the walls here relate to it.
And in the outdoor dining pavilion they chose caramel leather for the dining chairs because they relate beautifully to the stone.
I would not recommend the above stone unless you love caramel. I just wanted to show you how it looks when you are not ignoring the colours in the decor. Most people have switched their preferences from these earthy tones to cooler grays now that the gray trend has arrived.
See this neutral white/cream/green/gray and blue stone? It would be my first choice because I think it's the most neutral. The overall read is kind of two-tone, which means you could paint the walls a fresh colour and it would not appear as if you were ignoring the fireplace.
Here's a heavy brown fireplace. Nice here because it relates to the floors and the entry doors but if you had this in your house and wanted to switch to carrara, gray, black and white, you might be cranky now.
Here's a simple cream stone. Keep in mind, if you are into the cooler trend and going away from the brown trend, this might be too creamy. But at least it's way less bossy than all the other murky, dark, pinky, orange stacked stone you will discard as you make your decision on which one is the best for you.
So did you get that? If I was consulting with you on your stone, you would have three choices and that's it. The rest are just plain ugly and bossy in my opinion, so before you pick one, consider how it will relate to your colour scheme. Maybe you'll change your mind?
Ski Chalet or cottage anyone? That's pretty much where you should keep it. To find the prettiest images I could, this environment is where they looked the best. Of course there are exceptions to these guidelines but really I would sit this trend out.
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