Stone brings elegance and timelessness to interior spaces, while providing a resilient and long-lasting finish that’s easily maintained. It’s not surprising that interior stone has historically been the primary choice for high-traffic public spaces like train stations, libraries, courts, banks, and lobbies. Its strength, durability, and beauty also make stone a natural fit for wet areas like bathrooms, showers, and kitchen countertops.
With the extensive variety of stone available domestically and internationally, the opportunities for a unique aesthetic are endless. Marble, granite, limestone, travertine, onyx, and quartz are the most common stone types used. Color, texture, translucence, natural veining, and pairing different types together impacts the overall appearance and feeling of an interior space. The aesthetic can be further manipulated through a stone panel or slab’s finish, whether it be polished, honed, abrasive/grit, thermal, sawn, sanded, or natural cleft.
Appearance of the stone installation can be dramatically affected by lighting. Wall grazing lighting can highlight variation in the stone and its installation and make lippage, warpage, and surface texture appear exaggerated. Indirect wall wash lighting can reduce shadows and minimize differences in the stone surface, making the entire wall appear more even.
IMI’s free project support, technical assistance, and education is here to help you at any stage in your building’s lifecycle.
Our multidisciplinary team draws on decades of experience developing solutions for high-performing masonry and tile projects.
Here are some of the most common codes and standards that you may find helpful to reference when designing with stone. For a complete list, and for guidance on how to use these codes and standards, contact IMI.
Compressive Strength, Density, Porosity
Stone Support Details
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