Stone has been used in homes and other structures and buildings for thousands of years. While this long-lasting trend likely started simply because it was a strong material that was readily available simply for the picking, stone is often chosen for interior design use today because of the wide visual appeal it offers.

If you are longing to bring stone into your home's design, here some tips to make sure you get the best possible results. 

Understand the difference between natural and precast stone

Unlike natural stone, which may be millions of years old and very dense, precast stone is manufactured to weigh significantly less, making it a better choice for interior use. While the massive weight of natural stone must be supported by a properly designed foundation in order to be used safely for interior walls, fireplaces, pillars, or other features, many types of precast stone can be screwed or glued to existing walls with no foundational support necessary. 

Precast stone can be easier to match for interior design uses

One of the most desirable qualities of natural stone is the fact that no two stones are exactly alike in texture, size, or color. While capable of creating beauty, these unique qualities can make it very difficult to match them to other colors and textures in the design scheme of the space. 

In contrast, precast stone can be specifically ordered in the shades, sizes, textures, and shapes needed to achieve a certain look. In addition to small stones suitable for walls, precast stones can be manufactured in sizes and shapes that are perfect for mantels, hearths, and other uses that call for larger stone pieces. 

Precast stone offer fire and heat resistance 

Like natural stone, precast stones work well in settings where they are subjected to heat. One of the most common examples of this is when precast stones are used to create a heat-resistant wall behind or under a freestanding wood stove or fireplace. In addition to being able to shield wood, plaster, or drywall from heat, precast stone can also absorb the heat and then radiate it slowly back into the room to help make wood stoves and fireplaces provide more efficient heat. 

Precast stones are also prefect choices for showers, tub surrounds, and back splashes. Because they are less porous than natural stone, they can be more easily sealed to protect them from moisture when used where they are exposed to water. 

To learn more about using precast stone in your home's interior design, take time to visit a precast stone dealer in your area.