Countertops are probably number one for aesthetic because natural stone is like art and it has a lot of life to it. People are getting away from granite because it is too harsh looking. They are looking for a durable finish with tones that are softer and friendlier. A natural stone can’t change color because it comes out of the earth that way. It is the grounding factor for the colors of the room.
This home is in the wooded area of Coto de Caza in Orange County, California. The client wanted a very barn-like rustic warm look. We chose blue soapstone, which turns charcoal grey when oiled. Soapstone is a very durable and forgiving stone. You can oil it once a week or once a month or before you have a guest. It’s an easy maintenance stone with lasting beauty. I also chose it for its natural color to go with the rocks we actually pulled out of the front yard to make that massive two-sided fireplace at the end of the kitchen. Soapstone went fabulously with the hand-painted vintage Malibu tile backsplash that I used in the kitchen. The terracotta floor with Malibu tile inserts on the floors and soapstone was a perfect neutral charcoal black.
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