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Rustic Chic

Author: Karol Nickell
Issue: January, 2018, Page 36
ASID Arizona North Chapter President Tabitha Evans talks about stacked stone’s natural allure

Used for centuries around the world, handcrafted stone walls—built of local rocks, constructed without mortar and reflecting each area’s vernacular architecture and cultural characteristics—inspired the stacked stone walls, facades and treatments we admire today. Unlike its predecessors, however, contemporary stacked stone is most often a fabricated panel of natural bricks that simplifies installation and reduces weight and cost.

Stacked stone adds warmth, texture and interest to both interior and exterior spaces. Because its type, shape, size and texture can vary widely, stacked stone is also highly adaptable to virtually any architectural or interior style, as well as to a multitude of other functions.
Outside your home, stacked stone can be used to create and accentuate walls, planters, fire pits and outdoor kitchens. Inside, it is a favorite choice for fireplaces, entry walls, wine cellars and even powder rooms. As a rule of thumb, choose larger stones for bigger areas and smaller ones for more diminutive spaces.

If you go with stacked stone, be sure to light it well to maximize its visual impact. Wall washers can do the trick, but two less common ideas include using a skylight to illuminate a bathroom wall and undermount cabinet lights to feather light down a textured backsplash.

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