Feature walls and backsplashes are two simple ways to make a huge impact on any room in your home. Transform your home and make it your own with stone veneer, a simple and affordable renovation solution.
Feature Walls in Two-Steps
Step One: Choose your Feature Wall
Picking the right feature wall is just as important as what you decide to do with it. A room with a fireplace makes the decision easy. Your fireplace is the natural focal point, so don’t try to pull attention away from it. Instead think about how you can accentuate your fireplace by surrounding it with stone.
For rooms that don’t have a fireplace it is a little trickier to decide which wall to make your focal point. You’ll need to consider a number of things when making your decision, including:
- Existing furniture
- The current flooring
- Where people enter
- What the room is used for (is it a study meant for quite reading, or a living room full of kids?)
If the room has any notable features, then a feature wall may amplify them – but that isn’t always the case. A feature wall is often ideal when you’re trying to add personality to a large, plain room.
Step Two: Choose Your Material
Once you choose your feature wall you should already have some idea of what sorts of materials you will want to use. Paint and wallpaper are the most common and affordable options, but ‘common’ is rarely the look that people are going for. While wood paneling is still trapped in the 1970s, modern stone veneer is becoming more and more popular.
Once you’ve decided on the material, you’ll need to consider the type that best matches your design. For example, it’s important to take some time to choose the type of stone for your project. Stone is a versatile material that allows you to opt for either warm and traditional styles – perfect for cottages and family spaces – or cool, sleek, modern and professional styles.
Stone is a visceral material – it connects with people on an instinctive level. It is natural, but also deeply connected with luxury. Castles are stone, palaces are stone, and manor houses are stone. A stone feature wall adds depth and texture as well as colour, luxury and class to any room.
Backsplashes That Add Warmth
Backsplashes are very similar to feature walls in that they have the ability to transform a room. However, unlike feature walls you are slightly more limited in the types of rooms that you can choose. Generally, you will find backsplashes only in bathrooms, kitchens, behind bars, in outdoor grilling areas, laundry rooms, and mudrooms.
Like a feature wall, when it comes to backsplashes, choosing your material is critical. In addition to aesthetic considerations you have to think about durability. Choosing your backsplash material is heavily dependent on your needs, but the primary factor is where the backsplash is located.
The most common materials for backsplashes are tile or linoleum. Stone, however, offers the most elegant solution. Stone adds warmth to your kitchen, a touch of class to your laundry room, rustic appeal to your outdoor grilling area, clean lines to your bathroom, and a feeling of tradition to your bar. Fusion Stone is as durable and easy to clean as tile or linoleum, making it a great choice for your backsplash.