How often have you seen the same stone applied on the exterior of the home, brought into the home’s interior by using in on the fireplace façade? It is either a philosophy that what is outside needs to be inside for continuity or it is simply a matter of one less decision to make if you use the same material in two places.

Let’s get past this design faux pas! Unless you are building a lodge, resist all temptation to allow this to happen in your home. A stone that is of the proper proportion to be used on the exterior of a home, more often than not, is not of the proper proportion to be used inside. Exterior stone looks and gives the feel of exterior stone – period. Think about how beautiful your fireplace will be when its façade is covered with material that is of the proper proportion and fashion to suit your interior style!