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10 ideas for using stone flooring in modern homes

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Prestige Falcon City Kanakapura Road Bangalore Modern living room by De Panache Modern
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Most houses in India use ceramic tiles, wood, red oxide, natural stone, mosaic, bricks and even terracotta tiles, which is considered an affordable option, for flooring. Nowadays, with the use of naturally available materials gaining popularity, stone flooring has won many fans among interior decorators, artisans and homeowners as it has demonstrated its beauty and low maintenance in high traffic areas. Natural stone gives the floor a lasting finish and is suitable for both the indoors and outdoors, requiring minimal upkeep.

Stone tiles and slabs enhance the beauty of a room and can suit almost any decor style including rustic, industrial, minimal and modern. To demonstrate how natural stone can be used for the floors, we present some examples executed by flooring experts.

1. Granite flooring

Entrance Foyer Modern living room by De Panache Modern
De Panache

Entrance Foyer

De Panache

Granite flooring is trendy in both residential and commercial projects due to its beautiful natural grains and resilience. The most commonly available shades of granite are black, green, galaxy and pearl, which are refined to suit the décor style. Here, the decorators have used an interesting mix of colour and finish that enhances the rich and luxurious ambience of the modern living room.

2. Colorful limestone for the balcony

Limestone is a sedimentary stone that is available in a wide variety of colours. It is used for exterior flooring for balconies, verandahs, terraces and garden walkways. Limestone can be sanded for a polished look or left in a rough state for rustic appeal. Limestone flooring adds an earthy and warm touch and is easy to maintain, making it the most popular as a budget stone flooring option.

3. Polished stone tiles

Residential Interior Designer in Bangalore Modern dining room by Utopia Interiors & Architect Modern
Utopia Interiors & Architect

Residential Interior Designer in Bangalore

Utopia Interiors & Architect

Polished natural stone has a beautiful glossy finish. Moreover, polishing brings out the beauty of the stone's colour and veins. Not all stones are strong enough for polishing, but travertine, granite, marble and limestone have the required resilience for it.

4. Slate for the bathroom

POWDER ROOM Rustic style bathroom by de square Rustic
de square


de square

Slate is a porous stone and is found in dark shades like black and grey, making it ideal for both dry and wet areas. Due to its stain and fire-resistant quality, it can be used for bathroom and kitchen flooring. Dark brown slate gives this bathroom a neat and earthy look.

5. Marble flooring

Prayer hall Minimalist conservatory by Design port Minimalist Wood Wood effect
Design port

Prayer hall

Design port

The beautiful colours, grains and patterns on marble make it an ideal material for installation in areas that homeowners want to showcase, such as the living room. Although it is prone to staining, it is highly durable and resilient. Due to its stylish appearance and visual texture, it brings an ambience of luxury and finesse to any area, including a Pooja space.

6. Kota Stone

One Brick At A Time


One Brick At A Time

Due to its slightly rough texture and anti-slip property, Kota stone is usually used for high traffic areas like corridors, foyers and verandas. The stone is found in dark colours like green, blue and brown and is generally transported from Rajasthan. In this home, the dark brown stone gives the foyer an earthy look.

7. Brushed stone tile flooring

Independent Villa - Pune Modern style bedroom by DECOR DREAMS Modern

Independent Villa—Pune


In India, the most commonly brushed stone tiles are dark stones from the Cuddapah region of Andhra Pradesh. They are hard and impervious to stains and rarely chip or crack.

8. Travertine

Shanmugham Residence Modern balcony, veranda & terrace by Sanctuary Modern

Shanmugham Residence


The lightly porous stone has tiny holes that give it a spongy appearance, though premium quality travertine has minimal pits and is available in vibrant colours. Due to its appearance, a Travertine floor sometimes has a unique and ancient look and is widely used for bathroom, foyers and terrace flooring as it is robust and sturdy enough to take on the natural wear and tear in the outdoors.

9. Sandstone

House @ Cenatoph road by Uncut Design Lab Asian
Uncut Design Lab

House @ Cenatoph road

Uncut Design Lab

Like limestone, sandstone is a sedimentary rock made from sand and other organic materials. It is found in several earthy tones and has interesting colour bands that often resemble wood-grains. Due to their hard texture, tiles made from sandstone are generally used for outdoor areas.

10. Calacatta Marble

floor design with black stone Modern walls & floors by Square Designs Modern
Square Designs

floor design with black stone

Square Designs

This type of marble stone originates from Italy. It is clear and white with bold streaks. Calacatta is a rare marble stone and is valued for its luxurious appearance. Therefore, it is more expensive than locally sourced marble.  

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