I had the privilege recently of meeting with Amy Schnurr Snell at Western Stone and Tile to tour their new showroom in Fort Collins and learn a bit about the modern trends they are seeing in stone masonry.
Specializing in manufactured and natural stone veneer, brick and tile for interior and exterior building applications, Western Stone and Tile is a family business with a personal touch. Check out their website for more information and to get started on your next stone project.
Brick. One of the biggest trends right now is grey brick. When Amy first mentioned brick as a modern design element, I was a bit skeptical. It wasn't until she showed me this image that I not only understood the trend, but suddenly want this for my own kitchen. Eldorado Stone's TundraBrick in Ashland grey against clean white cabinets is a perfect balance of fresh, yet classic and welcoming.
Eldorado Stone's TundraBrick is available in several colors including the Chalk Dust variation which also speaks to a modern sense of design.
Wood-Look Tile. I love this reclaimed barn wood look. Eldorado Stone describes their Vintage Ranch Wood Plank line as warm and inviting, and I agree! The subtle depth variations between the planks add visual interest and an authentic wood feel.
Vintage Ranch Wood Plank is available in these colors:
Dry Stack Ledge. Dry stack ledge stone is a great way to incorporate a rustic look into a modern home. I learned that "ledge" refers to stone which features these long horizontal lines. An added benefit to ledge stone is its elongating effect on walls, helping spaces to look larger.
Eldorado Stone's LedgeCut33 pictured above is available in these colors:
Stone Accent Walls. A growing trend in high-end Northern Colorado homes is unexpected stone accent walls. No longer a limited to fireplaces, stone is appearing in a master bedrooms, on kitchen islands, and dining room accent walls, where they impart an elegant and rustic atmosphere.
Manufactured in Colorado, Coronado Barn WoodStone is available in these colors:
Canary Blend Old Frontier Rustic Farmhouse Spring Harvest
Industrial Style Installations. Industrial inspired stone installations continue to be a trend in modern homes. This Shale Grey Industrial Ledge by Coronado is installed in a horizontal ashlar pattern for the perfect balance of clean, simple lines with a luxurious three-dimensional texture.
Thank you to Amy Schnurr Snell and Western Stone and Tile, for taking the time to educate me a little bit about stone, stone products, and the modern trends you're seeing. Congratulations on your new location in Fort Collins and best of luck to you and your business!