When choosing natural stone for an architectural project, it’s important to work with a stone format that suits your design style and the architecture of your home.

In this instance, Crazy Paving and Freeform® walling work beautifully with the feel of this Californian bungalow house and pool.

Crazy Paving, also known as Flagstone, is a style of paving that feels raw, yet alive. In this residential project, the dark grey tones of Bluestone crazy paving offer organic texture variation and breaks open the pool area to give it a strong, primary appeal. The random nature of the stone paving with visible grout lines provides movement and adds softness to an otherwise clean and straight-edged building.

The Crackenback® Freeform® walling also effectively adds textural contrast as it has been cleverly positioned alongside the crisp white rendered facade of the upper level. The sandstone adds a warmth to the architecture and its strong hues of amber and burnt orange pick up the tones in the timber panelling used on the ground floor facade and boundary fencing. The large boulders in the garden also help strengthen the connection with the stone walling above.

Combining materials of different tones and textures can be a difficult task. Using materials that marry well with the style of architecture and creating tonal continuity throughout the design will help create a unified aesthetic.

Tips to develop a successful materials palette

  • Select a material that will form the foundation of your materials palette
  • Consider the architectural style and era
  • Choose materials that are right for the application
  • Think about how natural light affects the colours and textures of the material
  • Pick up on the material in other areas of the interior or exterior space
  • Link the materials through colour
  • Consider the durability of each material and how they can be repaired if required
  • Don’t be afraid of contrast