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40 Inspiring Fireplace Ideas

It’s the cozy time of year and no one has more gorgeous cladding products for fireplaces than Realstone. For the rest of the month, we will share 10 inspirational fireplaces a week.

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Silver Alabaster Shadowstone

Silver Alabaster Shadowstone 

Hive Driftwood

Bristol Black Estate Stone

Latte Honed

Realstone Chiseled Cream Hive Tiles

Realstone Frost Honed Panels

Realstone Frost Honed Panels and Tempered Fog Tiles

Realstone Sierra Shadowstone and Charcoal Shadowstone Panels

Realstone White Birch Honed Panels and Tiles

Realstone Charcoal Shadowstone Panels

Realstone Arctic White  Shadowstone Panels

Realstone Nero Honed Panels

Realstone Pewter Honed Panels

Realstone White Birch Honed Panels

 

Featured Project Program

 

When you’ve worked hard on your design and love the results you want to share it with the world! With our Featured Project Program, we want to help you do just that. Selected projects will be shared anywhere from our weekly email newsletter to our social media, website and even our catalogs.

How to submit:
1. Take plenty of high-quality photos of your finished projects or for best results work with a professional.
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2. Identify the Realstone products used.
3. Complete and submit the information form below.
4. Send your photos to marketing@realstone.com

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Questions?  email us at marketing@realstone.com for more information.

 

Natural Stone Veneer from Realstone

Top 5 home exterior trends

From contemporary to traditional natural stone products bring character and depth to home exteriors. With our customers boundless imagination there are so many incredible projects to choose from. We have selected just a few of our most popular projects trending on our website

Toni Sims Design Studio

Derrick Builders

“Our focus on this project, from beginning to end, was a consideration of balance.  Old and new, traditional and current elements, are what make this exterior interesting and relevant to today’s clientele. We kept the balance between traditional French elements on the exterior and added Realstone’s Berkshire Buff product, which lended a more current feeling to the stone element of the home. We did not want to have an expected stone such as tumbled with grout, but rather something updated yet still complementary to the traditional French architecture.  Realstone’s Berkshire Buff was the perfect stone selection to accomplish this. Although traditional in its color tones, it has a modern edge and upscale look which is strongly appealing  to today’s clientele.  Its shape, cut and dry-stack look compliments the traditional exterior and creates an authentic finished look giving a nod to both the traditional elements of the French exterior and the updated stone elements which creates interest and relevancy thus producing a great balance in the amazing exterior of the overall finished home.”

– Toni Sims

Natural Stone Veneer from Realstone

 

 

Belmont University Project by Earl Swensson Associates

At 10 stories, Tall Hall Residence Hall at Belmont University in Nashville TN, is the tallest building on campus and  houses over 600 students. The 243,478 sqft LEED® Gold Certified building pays homage to Belmont’s architectural vernacular and addresses current and future student housing needs.

“We selected the Realstone Portugal series because its visual profile was a great compliment to the exterior architectural limestone. The texture of the stone was assertive enough to anchor the feature wall of the two-story lobby and the inherent strength of natural stone could stand up to daily collegiate traffic, in particular during the move-in and move-out phases. It has held up beautifully!”, said Janet Wennerlund of Earl Swensson Associates.

Featuring various housing options for students and sweeping views of Nashville’s skyline, this signature building is the tallest on the campus, while establishing additional green space. Rapid growth in student population in recent years created the need for this new co-ed residence hall, Belmont’s largest student housing building.

CHALLENGES: This project had many corners and required a large volume of product that could stand up to heavy traffic. With thousands of feet of stock, unique pre-built corners and a large selection of high-quality natural stone, Realstone was the perfect natural stone product for this project.

Designer: Janet Wennerlund, IIDA, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED® AP ID+C

Architectural Firm:  Earl Swensson Associates

Stone Dealer: Louisville Tile

Project: Belmont University, Nashville TN

Products: Portugal Terra Dimensional Tiles, New York  Blue Shadowstone

You can find many more Projects  by visiting our Inspiration pages

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’.

Make Your DIY Project Easier with Stone Panels

There’s no denying that natural stone has the ability to transform any area. Stone has a beauty and character that other materials lack, which is why it’s one of the most popular choices for homeowners looking to improve their properties.

Creating a stone accent wall with loose pieces of stone, however, can be a difficult and time consuming process. Loose stone pieces must be leveled, dry fit to ensure that they will go together well, color blended to keep an even installation, and even with all that, it’s difficult to get a tight installation. You end up with gaps, pieces that aren’t quite level, or a lopsided installation.

Stone panels take the guesswork out of how the pieces of stone will fit together. Each panel is made up of perfectly matched and leveled natural stone pieces. Each panel will cover 6-inches by 24-inches at once, so you’ll watch your installation go up much more quickly than if you were installing the stone one single piece at a time.

The panels are designed to interlock seamlessly into one another. All you need to do is make sure that the bottom course is level, and if you’re turning a corner, then leave enough space for the pieces to interlock with one another as they turn. The panels will ensure a smooth, even installation over the entirety of the wall you’re covering.

Where to Use Stone Panels

Stone Panels DIY 1

There’s no denying that natural stone has the ability to transform any area. Stone has a beauty and character that other materials lack, which is why it’s one of the most popular choices for homeowners looking to improve their properties.

Creating a stone accent wall with loose pieces of stone, however, can be a difficult and time consuming process. Loose stone pieces must be leveled, dry fit to ensure that they will go together well, color blended to keep an even installation, and even with all that, it’s difficult to get a tight installation. You end up with gaps, pieces that aren’t quite level, or a lopsided installation.

Stone panels take the guesswork out of how the pieces of stone will fit together. Each panel is made up of perfectly matched and leveled natural stone pieces. Each panel will cover 6-inches by 24-inches at once, so you’ll watch your installation go up much more quickly than if you were installing the stone one single piece at a time.

The panels are designed to interlock seamlessly into one another. All you need to do is make sure that the bottom course is level, and if you’re turning a corner, then leave enough space for the pieces to interlock with one another as they turn. The panels will ensure a smooth, even installation over the entirety of the wall you’re covering.

Where to Use Stone Panels

Stone Panels DIY 2

The best part about stone veneer panels isn’t just how easy they are to install, it’s the fact that they can be used nearly anywhere inside or outside your home. Anywhere that you want to add the beauty of real natural stone, stone panels can assist you in reaching your goal more easily.

Install natural stone panels on an area of your exterior you want to highlight, such as around your entryway. Or create an exterior accent wall on an otherwise blank area of your façade.

Indoors, you can create an accent wall anywhere. Create a wainscot of natural stone panels, make a focal point of your fireplace, or update your kitchen backsplash.

Stone panels can be installed nearly anywhere you want to add the natural beauty of real stone. Because they don’t require grouting or fitting together individual pieces, stone panels can be installed in a fraction of the time it would take to use loose stone. This means you can complete your DIY project in a weekend and get professional looking results at the same time.

Accent Your Home with Stone Panels

Stone Panels DIY 3

If you’re looking for a way to add some interest and character to your home through a DIY project, consider using stone veneer panels for the job. These real stone pieces will make your project go far more smoothly than you ever thought possible. Create a stunning accent with stone panels to give your home the look and style you’ve been waiting for.

 

7 Ways to Use Stacked Stone to Create a Kitchen Backsplash Design

The backsplash is the perfect finishing touch to any kitchen design. Backsplashes add color, texture, interest, and pattern to the kitchen, and are considered the most decorative part of the design.

The backsplash can be designed in any material, color, shape, or style, but one of the most dramatic looks you can achieve is with stacked stone. Stacked stone backsplashes have a character and beauty that are lacking in other materials. That’s because no two pieces of natural stone are ever exactly the same.

Stacked stone panels make the installation of this material easy. Use them sparingly or make a splash and create an accent wall in your kitchen. As you’ll see in the following seven kitchen backsplash designs, stacked stone can be used to create a range of different effects.

1. Three Dimensional DesignStacked Stone Kitchen Backsplash 1

-Chiseled Silver Alabaster Panels

Backsplashes don’t need to be flat, bland, or fade into the background. This backsplash stands out and gets noticed by framing not only the stove but the hood area, as well. The chiseled stacked stone backsplash panels add a lot of texture and interest to the room. Confined to this one area, they don’t overpower the space, so they can get more attention.

2. Sleek, Contemporary DesignStacked Stone Kitchen Backsplash 2

-White Birch Honed Panels

Natural stone doesn’t have to be rustic or traditional in style. These sleek, stacked stone panels make a backsplash that is geometric and contemporary. The muted color of the stone pairs well with the dimensions of the stone pieces, letting shadows create an interesting pattern while the clean lines mimic those of the cabinetry.

3. Monochromatic DesignStacked Stone Kitchen Backsplash 3

-Venato Dimensional Portugal Tiles

You don’t need to introduce a new color into your kitchen to make a stunning statement. Monochromatic designs like this one can be just as effective at creating the look you’re after. The light color of the stone blends with the other colors in the space, which puts the emphasis on the texture, instead. Stacked stone comes in many styles, and the texture of the stone on this backsplash helps create a very subtle focal point in the room.

4. Accent WallStacked Stone Kitchen Backsplash 4

-Carbon Honed Panels

Not every kitchen has a wall of cabinetry that dominates the space. Floating shelves are becoming an increasingly popular way to design the room. For that reason, it often makes more sense to use your backsplash as an accent wall that can draw the eye.

In this case, the stacked stone has been used in a color that contrasts the rest of the room. The result is not only a backdrop for the shelving, but also a dynamic way to liven up the room’s design. Contrast is a very effective way of making designs pop, so the addition of this backsplash turns the kitchen from bland to bold.

5. Thinking Outside the AreaStacked Stone Kitchen Backsplash 5

-White Birch Honed Panels

One of the ways that stacked stone can be so pleasing to the eye is the repetition of the lines between the stones. Those lines can mimic others in the room, such as the cabinetry.

In this room, they not only draw the eye along the backsplash horizontally, they’re also used to cover the column beside the cabinets. The stone wrapping the column in clean, horizontal lines makes it a sculptural addition to the design and makes an otherwise ordinary kitchen into something truly special.

6. Adding Warmth to the RoomStacked Stone Kitchen Backsplash 6

-Sierra Shadowstone Panels

The majority of kitchens have a backsplash area that measures 18-inches in height. This doesn’t always have to be so, however. The area behind the range can often be raised to the height of the hood, allowing you to show off the space with color, texture, or pattern.

In this kitchen, the area is filled with a warm, textured stacked stone. The color and surface of the stone are the ideal complement to the rest of the room. They also contrast the color of the island subtly, which keeps the room from becoming monochromatic and adds to the welcoming atmosphere of the space.

7. Subtle ContrastStacked Stone Kitchen Backsplash 7

-Alesio Creme Ledgestone Panels

Contrast adds a lot to a design, but you don’t need to go overboard to get the effect. Sometimes, a subtle contrast is all that’s necessary, especially in small kitchens or in spaces that use a few different materials near one another.

This space has a unique countertop paired with white cabinets. So, a stacked stone backsplash that has a color that coordinates with the cabinets, but a texture that contrasts the sleek counter, can add just the right finishing touch. The result is a room with interest and design without a cluttered look.

Create the Ideal Kitchen Backsplash Design for Your Home

You want your kitchen design to be as unique as you are. With stacked stone, you can create a backsplash that has personality and interest as well as style. Use these seven stacked stone backsplash design ideas to get started and create a design that will complement your space perfectly.

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 Products

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. 

Reclaimed Wood Dark Panels

Reclaimed Wood Multi Panels

Antique Wood Driftwood Panels

Antique Wood Barnwood Panels

Hive Driftwood Tiles

Hive Barnwood Tiles