When it comes to coupling aesthetics with functionality, few construction materials come close to rivalling limestone. But what is this miracle material exactly, and what makes it such a great choice when it comes to flooring materials?
Limestone is a sedimentary rock that is made naturally through the laying of sea fauna remnants, including coral and molluscs, over millions of years. These remnants are laid in layers and compressed naturally in order to bestow the rock with a solid crystalline structure, composed mainly of calcium carbonate, dolomite and other naturally-occurring minerals. The resultant rocks are then mined in quarries and cut into blocks which are then used in the construction industry, for both interior and exterior flooring. Famous buildings that incorporated limestone in their design include the Empire State Building and Tower of London. Their hard-to-wear structure, insulating properties and versatile aesthetics are just some of the reasons limestone tiles are worth considering when one speaks on flooring. They are also very easy to clean as limestone does not soak up stains easily. With a broom and dump rag or mop, you can keep your space looking spotless and brand new for years and years.
With the versatility of this type of flooring in mind, you are always feel free to choose a design that suits you and your space. Whether you are looking to lay new flooring for your outdoor patio or swimming area, or you want to elevate your indoor hotel lobby or foyer, you can always find a finish and pattern that will bring whatever design you have in mind to life. The best part is that all this can be done while still maintaining that natural feeling of calmness and warmth that limestone always brings to a space.
Limestone pavers can quite easily be cut into both simple and complex structures, and thus can really add life to your space. These tiles can then be arranged in patterns that are either simple or complex, depending on your taste. This, coupled with the different hues, grain structure and natural look of limestone, allows for every design to look different, yet just as stylish.
A common pattern used in limestone flooring is random patterning. In this form of patterning, shapes ranging from rounded rectangles to triangles can be used. One can even go as far as doing a crazy random pattern, which involves using all sorts of shapes to achieve a unique style. Flagstone patterns are generally preferred for outdoor spaces, such as swimming pool surroundings and driveways. They can, however, also bring an interesting twist to your bathroom, bestowing it with a rustic feel that reminds you of the seashore.
If you happen to prefer an orderly arrangement of tiles, then the block or the running band patterns might be just the ones for you. If you are one for more intricate patterns, the basket weave pattern or the herringbone pattern may be what you have been looking for. Though they may seem quite busy, they can really stand out when juxtaposed against a more plain and simple backdrop. At the end of the day, you can be as eccentric or conservative as you wish, when flooring with limestone.
Though you have immense freedom when designing, courtesy of limestone’s diversity, you may want to stick to simpler patterns when flooring smaller rooms. This is because intricate patterns may appear too busy, and serve more as a distraction than an attraction to those that enter the room. The larger the room, the busier and more unique your pattern may be. Also, circular patterns are usually best when they are centrally placed. This allows for them to stand out in all their beauty and intricacy. However, don’t let these guidelines push you against a wall when it comes to designing. Rules, after all, were made to be bent, right?
At the end of the day, limestone floor patterns can really improve your space and make it more unique and attractive. It all comes down to your taste and creativity; so be bold as you seek to improve flooring, whether in your home, or in your commercial premises; whether indoors or outdoors.