This is the biggest mistake homeowners make when choosing stone colour for their fireplace. Take my advice, because if you choose wrong, it will dictate the overall colour scheme of your home forever.
The stacked stone trend for fireplaces and the exterior of homes is a big one. But that doesn’t mean it’s right for every home.
I have even been in a home where the builder used stacked stone like an accent wall in the entry which was connected to the bi-level stairs. Can you imagine how much that would hurt if you banged into it or your child fell down the stairs and right into the jagged stone wall? Ouch!
If you have to choose stone because you are building a cottage or a ski chalet, stacked stones are the ONLY ones I would recommend.
Your stone fireplace surround should relate to your house style.
You must truly consider the style of your home before you suddenly inject a trendy stone like this because there’s nothing neutral about any of the colours. They are so bossy, they will dictate the overall colour scheme of your house forever!
Which Stone Colour is Best for Your Fireplace Surround?
So here are my top three choices for the colour of stones around your fireplace (I have also mixed in a few I would not recommend and listed the reasons why):
1. Warm Green Grey Stone
This stone fireplace below has warm (green) grey undertones mixed with some yellow/caramel tones. Notice that this cottage is filled with white walls, which is the detail that relates the best to the black and white furnishings in the room. Also, the ceiling has an unfinished, distressed look to it that also relates to the fireplace stone colour.
If you have recently discovered my blog and you want to start understanding undertones, start noticing what really works about each space you look at. Take this stone and insert it into a bald and boring, tract house and it will stop looking so charming and just start bossing you around (maybe).
Notice this fireplace, also from House Beautiful. It has the same tones as the first one with the addition of some blue greys. Again, there is lots of rough looking wood that works with a textural fireplace like this.
See the butterscotch tones in this stone fireplace above? You can see that the colour of the walls here relate to it.
And in the outdoor dining pavilion they chose caramel leather for the dining chairs because they relate beautifully to the stone.
I would not recommend the above stone unless you love caramel. Because this space will always be dictated by that colour. I just wanted to show you how it looks when you are not ignoring the colours in the decor.
Most people have switched their preferences from these earthy tones to fresher, cooler colours anyway.
2. Neutral Stone with cooler white, cream, green, grey, and blue undertones
See this neutral white/cream/green/grey and blue stone? It would be my first choice because I think it’s the most neutral. The overall read is kind of two-tone, which means you could paint the walls a fresh colour and it would not appear as if you were ignoring the fireplace.
3. Simple Cream Stone
Here’s a simple cream stone. Keep in mind, if you are into the cooler trend and trying to go away from the earth/brown trend, this might be too creamy. But at least it’s way less bossy than all the other murky, dark, pinky, orange stacked stone you will discard as you make your decision on which one is the best for you.
So did you get that? If I was consulting with you on your stone, you would have three choices and that’s it. The rest are just plain ugly and bossy in my opinion, so before you pick one, consider how it will relate to your colour scheme. Maybe you’ll change your mind?
Ski Chalet or cottage anyone? That’s pretty much where you should keep it. To find the prettiest images I could, this environment is where they looked the best. Of course there are exceptions to these guidelines but really I would sit this trend out.
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