Today we are answering the fifth question in the 1o part series: Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Flooring.
Question: Can I pick out the pieces of travertine or slate that I want to use so that they all look like the sample?
Answer: Technically, you could try………..but it would be extremely wasteful, costly and BORING! I realize that it is hard to look at one or two samples of stone and imagine what it will look like when its installed, (especially when you know the costs!) but what makes stone so beautiful is the fact that no two pieces will look the same.
Reasons to consider why you want every piece of stone to NOT be the same:
- Your floor will be uniquely yours and you won’t ever see it at your neighbors house.
- The floor will show character that can only be found in natural stone so there will be no mistake that it is ceramic or porcelain.
- The more each piece of stone is different and the more movement and range of color a floor has – the more it hides dirt!
In my opinion, the fact that no two pieces are the same makes it easier to justify paying the price for natural stone! It’s like buying a rare antique or piece of antique handmade furniture – sure it costs more, but you can rest assured that no one else has the same one.
Keep these thoughts in mind when shopping: When considering a stone floor, be sure to ask to see multiple samples so you will know what kind of range of color and pattern to expect. Know that the floor you receive may not look the same as the samples you saw in the store. If you still aren’t comfortable, ask your sales associate if you can preview the material before it is installed. This may not be possible. If it is, you may have to pay a significant restocking fee to send it back, but that price may be worth it to you. Also, don’t discard pieces that have character such as a vein or crystallization. Celebrate these and let them tell the story of natural stone!
Do you have a floor with unusual veining, color range or movement? If so, send us a picture! We love to see examples of Mother Nature’s handywork!
Rob Jones says
For someone looking for uniformity while still getting that stone floor look, there are a number of porcelain and other ceramic choices that are made to resemble a natural stone surface like travertine.
For those interested in real stone, I agree with the post – celebrate diversity! And make your floor your own.