25 Stone Flooring Ideas With Pros And Cons

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Natural stone has been popular for use on floors for centuries and for very good reason. Stone tile brings the colors and texture of nature to our homes and adds a quality and warmth to a room that’s not possible with any other material, and it’s super durable. They can be used in heavy traffic areas, most typically: halls, kitchens, sitting rooms, bathrooms, and you can use the same stone throughout to extend your living space and create a natural flow into your garden and bring indoors outdoors.

The most popular stone tile materials: slate, travertine, sandstone, granite and marble.

Slate tile has a duller and slightly uneven look, and it’s a perfect choice if slip resistant flooring matters to you. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, often providing a rustic or modern look and feel. It is more stain resistant than other stone choices, takes water well, and is highly durable.

Travertine is a porous stone with natural holes from formation. In order to protect it, it must be sealed prior to grouting and again after installation for protection. It will soak up liquids and will stain if left untreated.

Like all natural stones, marble must have a protective sealant applied before use, and must be maintained and reapplied regularly for full protection. Marble is susceptible to staining, so its important to clean up spills immediately to avoid potential damage.

Because granite is very hard and unforgiving, when installing it as flooring, the subflooring must be completely level and have the strength to support its heaviness. If the floor has bumps or even tiny valleys, granite tiles will crack easily.

Sandstone flooring is a rock, but it’s a relatively soft rock. That means that it is subject to scratches and dents over time from claws, high heels, and accidents that send things crashing into the floor. If polished, it can be slippery.

Stone Flooring In The Kitchens

Stone is easy to maintain, it’s very hard to harm stone floors, you can spill and drop whatever you like, and stone flooring won’t be spoilt. Stone is perfect for kitchens especially with animals, they won’t scratch the floors. Stain-resistant, strike-resistant and scratch-resistant, what can be better for such a functional space as a kitchen?

stone floor tiles are ideal for kitchen as it's a heavy traffic area

stone floor tiles are ideal for kitchen as it's a heavy traffic area

old stone kitchen flooring, stone can last for a very long time

old stone kitchen flooring, stone can last for a very long time

stone has a lot of looks and textures that can match almost any interior and decor

stone has a lot of looks and textures that can match almost any interior and decor

floors of different shades add to the cozy rustic kitchen decor

floors of different shades add to the cozy rustic kitchen decor

stone floors creates a modern feeling in this traditional kitchen

stone floors creates a modern feeling in this traditional kitchen

marble floor tiles look luxurious

marble floor tiles look luxurious

grey brushed limestone combines slight surface texture with a blend of light-mid grey tones.

grey brushed limestone combines slight surface texture with a blend of light-mid grey tones.

stone floors are durable and stain-resistant and strike-resistant

stone floors are durable and stain-resistant and strike-resistant

Stone Flooring In The Bathrooms

Choose marble and travertine for their sleek, clean lines and mosaics are perfect for use as insets or on their own and lend themselves particularly to areas where dampness and humidity will require a slip resistant surface. Travertine can add flair to any room on both walls and floors in creamy colors, it is hard-wearing and versatile. Marble will make your bathroom luxurious and will make your staying there a spa experience.

marble tiles for a luxurious touch in your bathroom

marble tiles for a luxurious touch in your bathroom

travertine floor for an aqua bathroom

travertine floor for an aqua bathroom

travertine floors become an accent in this bathroom

travertine floors become an accent in this bathroom

modern black and white luxury bathroom design with black marble flooring

modern black and white luxury bathroom design with black marble flooring

rustic stone floors for a clean bathroom are very durable and water-resistant

rustic stone floors for a clean bathroom are very durable and water-resistant

natural stone for walls and floors are ideal as they are durable

natural stone for walls and floors are ideal as they are durable

Stone Flooring In The Entryways

As for entryways, stone floors can create an impression of outdoors brought indoors. Due to the durability and all kinds of resistance, stone floors are ideal for an entryway, it’s often a heavy traffic area and stone is very long-lasting.

stone entryway floors are a durable and strike-resistant choice

stone entryway floors are a durable and strike-resistant choice

if you have pets, don't worry, your floors won't be scratched or spoilt

if you have pets, don't worry, your floors won't be scratched or spoilt

19 travertine hallway perfectly matches the interior and connect spaces

19 travertine hallway perfectly matches the interior and connect spaces

grey stone flooring completes the entryway look

grey stone flooring completes the entryway look

rustic worn stone floors for a cottage entryway

rustic worn stone floors for a cottage entryway

natural blue stone flore tiles, oak wood closet doors

natural blue stone flore tiles, oak wood closet doors

The perception is that a stone floor can be cold; however this of course is a benefit when the weather is hot but for when it is colder this can be overcome with under floor heating, and of course once warmed it retains the heat really well.

beautifully aged limestone floors in the entryway and outdoors to connect spaces

beautifully aged limestone floors in the entryway and outdoors to connect spaces

stone floors and rough stone walls for a cabin bathroom

stone floors and rough stone walls for a cabin bathroom

limestone floors and ceiling that echo with each other

limestone floors and ceiling that echo with each other

rough stone floor adds to the warm rustic cabin look of the entryway

rough stone floor adds to the warm rustic cabin look of the entryway

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