Natural stone adds beauty to any home — undeniably. But the stone you choose has work to do, too. Backsplashes, mudroom floors, kitchen countertops, bathroom surrounds! Each serves a purpose in addition to making your home beautiful. You want both — beauty and beast-like toughness.
To start, consult this list of natural stones and where they work best. Then, read Choosing and Using Stone Surfaces to learn what makes each type of stone unique.
Marble: backsplashes, floors, pastry surfaces, tub surrounds, vanity tops
Granite: kitchen countertops, pastry surfaces, fireplace surrounds
Limestone: bathroom surfaces, kitchen floors, entryways
Onyx: bathtub surrounds, shower tiles, vanity tops
Slate: floors, kitchen countertops
Travertine: bathtub surrounds, countertops, shower tiles, floors
Sandstone: bathtub surrounds, shower tiles and walls, kitchen floors
Soapstone: kitchen countertops, vanity tops, sinks, fireplace surrounds