Sandstone is a material which is notoriously difficult for architects and contractors to work with. But in a time where property owners are struggling to bring warmth and nature into their homes, incorporating sandstone into the architecture of your house and landscaping can prove to be the solution you have been looking for.
What is sandstone?
Sandstone is a material where the sand from sedimentary rock has cemented together to the point that it has formed solid rock. Composed primarily of medium-grained particles, it may also contain finer and coarser material among the stone’s matrix and cement.
There is no question that the Sydney area is home to a lot of sandstone. But rather than fight against this naturally warm and distinct material, it’s worth taking some time considering how you can work with it rather than against it.
Benefits of having exposed stone walls
Exposed stone walls like sandstone are not new when it comes to an exterior or interior design. But because each slab of sandstone is unique, you can have a one-of-a-kind piece of local history situated within the very walls of your home that no one can reproduce.
Other advantages of sandstone are:
- Instantly creates a natural “earthy” atmosphere
- Great for absorbing sound
- Durable and easy to maintain
Sandstone can feature natural ripples that can add a sense of fluidity throughout a room. You may even be fortunate enough to come across a slab with sole marks or fossil footprints on its surface!
How to incorporate sandstone into your interior design
Here are some useful tips for adding sandstone to your interior and exterior property plans:
- Use sparingly in small rooms
Thinking about incorporating sandstone in a small space like a bathroom or a guest bedroom? Rather than decorating an entire wall with sandstone, use it on only part of the wall so that the room doesn’t feel overloaded and “stuffy”. A small amount of sandstone will go a long way.
- Lighting is everything
Stone has a heavy texture, which means that it can easily hamper the otherwise light and natural vibe of a room or the entire home if not properly lit.Well placed bright lighting is critical when working with sandstone. Natural lighting of any kind works well, though warm “glowing” lighting placed above or along a sandstone wall will go a long way in accentuating both its warmth and its special features.
- Use the right materials to create a cool effect
Want to create a cool and cosy atmosphere in your sandstone room? Incorporate items like fleecy rugs, cashmere, overstuffed pillows, fur and fire elements (think fire tables and fire bowls for outdoor spaces).
- Heat up a room with the right colours
Keep your sandstone room feeling welcoming and comfortable by adding warm shades throughout. Colours of various reds, oranges and yellows tend to be the most complimentary.
- Blend smooth textures with rough
Regardless of whether your sandstone is being used inside of the home or as part of a garden wall, creating a blend of different textures will add sculptural and visual interest to your property. Sandstone can integrate nicely with other earthy elements like natural wood with a smooth finish and minimal lines.
JEDI Plumbers work with your design ideas!
As a local Sydney plumber, JEDI Plumbing has decades of experience working with what may traditionally be troublesome materials like sandstone.
Choose a plumber who will work with your home and property plans – not against them! Call us at JEDI Plumbing today on 0411 774 381 to discuss your building plans and to learn how our Sydney plumbers will make sure that your job is completed on time, on budget, and above your expectations.