Types of Natural Stone Flooring

Published on December 12 2009 by GuestPoster in Flooring, Home Decor


Natural stone is a beautiful hard wearing material which gives a luxurious finish to a floor. It has stood the test of time for thousands of years, so your family are unlikely to ruin it in the next few decades!

Although it has a wonderful cooling effect in a home in the heat of summer, it can be cold in winter however unless you use underfloor heating. If you are going to choose a natural stone floor that is well worth thinking about and investing in. It will be difficult (if not impossible) to install it after your floor is in place.

Old Stone

If you are lucky enough to be able to purchase stone flagstones from an old house (or actually have them already in your home) they can make a wonderful surface with a touch of history and add character to your hall, kitchen or utility area. They have the patina of age and an uneven surface which helps prevent slipping plus they go wonderfully with rich colored rugs and good quality furniture.


Limestone is generally pale in color. Cream or ivory is the most popular color for limestone tiles but they also come in gray and in mixed shades. This kind of stone works well in modern interiors as it provides a simple yet effective background.


Slate tiles are generally available in a number of shades of gray with dark gray being the most common. They usually have a rugged uneven surface but you can also buy smooth slate tiles if that is the kind of look you want. If you have a particular color scheme in mind look for a shade of slate which suits the color you are thinking about as you can get tiles with a hint of green or blue for example and many other natural colors.


Marble is a form of limestone which is particularly hard and has the familiar veined marble pattern. Like all natural stone, marble floor tiles are expensive but they will last forever if you care for them well. There is quite a range of colors available to suit every interior too.

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