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Gorgeous Natural Stone Neutrals for Interior and Exterior Design


With natural stone neutral is never bland or boring. It can be warm or cool, sparkle or shine. It can be rough or smooth and show off all the beauty that nature has to offer with veining, color variations and sometimes even fossils.  If your taste isn’t quite white on white or shades of grey, try one of our many gorgeous neutrals.

You can find many more neutrals by visiting our product pages and filtering by ‘Color’ then ‘Neutral’.

Featured Product: Carbon

Not that long ago charcoal slate was the go-to product when a grey-blue cladding was needed. Today there are many options and the customer palate has embraced bold contrast and color. One of our favorites is our Carbon. It is a travertine with a deep grey color, subtle speckling and looks gorgeous both honed and with a cleft face. Carbon works well in both contemporary and traditional projects and is available in three patterns, two finishes, matching corner pieces and hearths.

Unforgettable kitchens

Like the perfect spice in a simple dish
Realstone panels and tiles can take your kitchen from just good to unforgettable.

 

 

Stacked Stone Kitchen Backsplash 6

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How to pair natural stone with 2019 colors of the year

White and Pale tones create the perfect neutral backdrop and allow for the bright Living Coral to really pop.

 

Paired with black and dark grey toned natural stone, Metropolitan pairs beautifully with some of the most interesting stone panels and tiles we have to offer.

 

Cream and warm-toned stone pairs well with the earthy warmth of Cavern Clay. Try it as a contrasting color or tone-on-tone.

 

 

Custom products can make your dream home a reality

For a recent project, one of our customers fell in love with our Pewter Honed Shadowstone Panels but really liked the larger pieces included in the Accentstone pattern. Our products team was able to work with the client to make their dream a reality.  This incredible lakefront home in West Bloomfield,  Michigan is exactly as the homeowner envisioned, and clad in a one of a kind stone panel.

 

Original Product: Pewter Honed Shadowstone

Custom Products: Pewter Honed Accentstone panels and sills

 

7 Amazing Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Inspire Your Next Project

If you like to entertain, having an outdoor kitchen can really enhance your parties. With an outdoor kitchen, you and your guests have everything you need right at your patio, deck, lanai, or pool. There’s no need to keep going into and out of the house, your drinks, food, grill, and other items are all right where you are.

Outdoor kitchens come in many shapes, sizes, and configurations. Most will, at a minimum, contain a grill or cooktop and some form of refrigeration. Beyond that, you can customize your outdoor kitchen to include seating, smokers, pizza ovens, wine coolers, and more.

These seven beautiful outdoor kitchen ideas will give you a glimpse of what may be possible to create in your own home. Take a look and get inspired to create the perfect outdoor kitchen of your own.

1. Central Patio Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 1

-Hive Barnwood Tiles

The location of your outdoor kitchen should be one of your first decisions. This central patio kitchen is accessible on all sides and includes seating for guests. The island itself features a barn wood tile in a hexagon pattern that sets it apart from the surrounding landscaping, so it becomes a focal point, as well as a central gathering place.

2. Kitchen with Lounge Area

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 2

-Sierra Shadowstone Panels

Because outdoor kitchens are central to entertaining outside, it makes sense that you may want to include a seating area, as well. This kitchen features a long bar and countertop with seating, as well as a separate seating area surrounding a fire pit, so guests can eat at the kitchen or move away slightly for conversation. Both areas feature the same stone veneer for a cohesive look.

3. An Updated Grilling StationOutdoor Kitchen Ideas 3

-Terracotta Shadowstone Panels

Outdoor kitchens don’t need to be large, elaborate affairs. This simple kitchen is an upgraded grill with refrigeration, storage, and counter space built in. Located right next to the door, it makes outdoor cooking easy in the warmer months. Clad in natural stone, it has a permanent and classic appearance that makes it a focal point in the landscaping.

4. Complementary Appearance

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 4

-Terracotta Ledgestone Panels

While most outdoor kitchens are added after the rest of the house and landscaping has been completed, this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t complement the rest of the area. Located against the red brick of the home, this outdoor kitchen features a rich terracotta stone veneer that complements the rustic landscaping and the color of the brick for one, unified appearance.

5. Sink and ShadeOutdoor Kitchen Ideas 5

-Terracotta Ledgestone Panels

When designing your outdoor kitchen, think about what it is you want to accomplish there. This kitchen features a sink beside the grill for fast cleanup. It also has a shaded seating area, so guests can enjoy the kitchen even if the weather heats up.

6. Keeping It Light

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 6

-Arctic White Thin Panels

If you entertain after sunset, then be sure to pay close attention to the color of your outdoor kitchen, as well. This grill is outfitted in a thin-strip veneer in Arctic White, which makes the most of any ambient light in the evenings. Your guests won’t have any trouble finding the bar or the grill even on the dimmest of evenings.

7. Framing the Area

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 7

-Antique Wood Driftwood Panels

If you plan on entertaining outdoors year round, consider giving your outdoor kitchen an enclosure. This space includes a roof to keep out the elements, and the same antique driftwood panels are used both as an accent behind the grill and on the exterior façade. This helps frame the area and makes it one dedicated and separate space from the rest of the patio.

Create the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen Space

Outdoor kitchens enhance your landscaping and your lifestyle. Pay attention to the location and how you plan to use the kitchen to get the best results. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what you plan to include, so start designing your perfect outdoor kitchen space today.

Wood Projects

Love the wood look? Realstone has a fantastic selection of wood and wood looking products. From real reclaimed boat wood to resin-based barnwood and driftwood looking hexagon tiles and panels, we have many options to work with. Here are some of the projects our incredibly creative customers have created.

Reclaimed Wood Dark and Multi Panels

 

 

 

Installing Your Own Reclaimed Wood Wall Panels

Wood wall panels bring a richness and warmth to any room. Reclaimed wood panels bring character and history to the room, as well.

If you’re looking for a way to add some interest and life to a room of your home, installing reclaimed wood wall panels is a fantastic idea. Best of all, the panels are easy to DIY, which means that you can transform your home in a matter of hours.

Measure and Prepare

Reclaimed wood wall panels are perfect for installing on any interior wall of your home. Make sure that you have enough material to cover each wall by taking measurements before you begin.

Measure both the height and the width of each wall you intend to install on. Take the measurements in inches, multiply them together, and divide by 144 to get the total number of square feet per wall. Round up and add an additional 10% to each wall for cuts or mistakes.

Prior to installation it is very important to acclimate your wood for a few days before installing. Wood is a porous substance that can react to temperature and the moisture in the air, swelling or shrinking accordingly.

A few days before you install, take the wood into the room where it will be put up. Unbox and unwrap it and allow it to adjust to the temperature and moisture of the room. This will prevent excessive swelling or shrinking after it has been installed.

Prepare your walls to receive the panels by painting them black or another dark color. This will ensure that the color showing through the knot holes blends in with the rest of the installation.

Layout and Fit

Make Sure to carefully examine the pieces prior to installation for the prefered blend of colors as reclaimed wood can have a lot of variation.Your wall panels are designed to interlock with one another for seamless installation. Begin by cutting a panel in half so you now have two pieces with a straight edge for an outside edge. Begin laying out the panels. Cut out any areas necessary to allow for outlets.

The back of each panel is covered in mesh. Cut away this mesh behind each knot hole, so it won’t show through after installation.

Install the Panels

Cover the backs of the panels with a bead of silicone adhesive. Make sure each piece of wood has adhesive on the back. Press the panel firmly against the wall. Install from the bottom up occasionally checking to make sure the panels are level. Make sure to choose the best construction level for your particular project.

After each panel has been pressed into place on the wall and you are sure of its placement, nail the panel securely into place. A nail gun can assist with this task, but you may also use a hammer if necessary.

Tips

After you cut a panel in half, both parts can be utilized, simply rotate the piece and use it to begin the next course on the wall. This saves waste and time as you only need to make one cut, rather than two.

Consider the color of your décor as you choose which color of reclaimed wood you want. Lighter wood has warmer tones that may work better with brighter décor, while dark wood has a richer look.

Install Your Own Wood Panels

Installing your own reclaimed wood panels yourself is easy. Within hours, you can transform the walls of any room of your home, making an accent and statement anywhere you choose. Follow these steps for perfect results every time and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Check out the video on YouTube to watch the process of installing reclaimed wood wall panels step by step.