This month's spotlight is on Interior Masonry. Here are 7 Beautiful Ideas to add texture and character to your custom home using rugged, typically outdoor materials such as brick and stone!
#1 - Kitchen Backsplash
This brick wall surrounding the stainless steel appliance hood and cabinets creates a bold statement, and ties into the gorgeous stained wood of the cabinetry, doors, and trim.
#2 - Stone "Kicker"
If you can picture four kids sitting on stools next to this bar top island, you will understand why we refer to these stone surrounds as "kickers." Much more kid friendly than sheetrock, a stone island surround adds texture and interest to an otherwise ordinary construction detail.
# 3 - Brick Trim on Niche Walls
#4 - Fireplaces
#5 - Arch above Cooktop
Tying your kitchen to outdoor living is easily done by adding a brick or stone cooktop arch during the design phase. Coordinating granite and neutral tile backsplash allow this stone veneer to really "pop!"
The quintessential "man cave" above was designed as a Billiard Room, complete with stained glass windows and themed lighting fixtures. The brick walls on all four sides of the room complete the rugged look, and can certainly add some sound-proofing as well!
#6 - Full Masonry Walls
#7 - Masonry Flooring
Not just for coordinating with the backsplash in a bathroom as a veneer, full bricks or flagstone can be laid in entry ways and lanais for additional texture and interest. Rough surfaces are tougher to clean, but less slippery-when-wet as smooth tile would be.