A fall trend toward natural elements and nature has arrived. Blair Stover reports that décor in rock and mineral themes are this fall’s trend, along with metallic, grainy woods and other textural elements.
Often, one can find real minerals and rocks that have been integrated into decorative items. Some designers find that they really respond to the primitiveness and its divergent qualities of the rocks and minerals. Designers are also enjoying layering these natural elements to create a collected space.
In addition to this, designers are very much enjoying the range of colors offered in the stone and mineral looks. The color options seem endless, from the neutral stones to the bright agates. Finding a big statement for a room is simple. For example, a lamp finial can be created from unusual specimens like petrified wood, iridescent labradorite or blue-tinged chrysophase.
Aside from their beautiful aesthetics, some stones have special properties, according to various cultures. As an example, jade is a protective stone as viewed by the Chinese, thus it is found often in Feng Shui. The Vikings felt that navigation was aided by carrying calcite. A family of minerals including onyx, agate, and jasper called chalcedony is considered by Native Americans as capable of courage and strength.
It is easy to add a touch of stone through a table lamp. Marble pieces can be buffed softly and then made into a lamp base that produces a gorgeous translucence when it is lit. These can be found in collections from well-known designers, and can be integrated into your own décor easily enough.
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