A slate fireplace looks great in virtually any style . . . from traditional to contemporary . . . . . . .
The broad range of colors, textures and finishes available with
slate make it an ideal choice for architects, de-
signers, contractors and builders, as well as discriminating homeowners,
for it is a remarkably versatile materi-
al and extremely adaptable to a host of widely varying applications. Easily sawn or trimmed to size, split at any thickness and machined to any finish, slate’s versatility in design and con-
struction is limitless.
Thinly sliced natural slate veneer stones, as well as slate tiles, are avail-
able in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors and textures. As a result, a broad range of different looks are possible with a slate design, as shown in the examples pictured below.
In addition, the actual positioning or placement of the stones or tiles can be varied to create a host of
different looks. For example, note the diag-
onal placement of the similarly sized tiles in the slate surround pictured below, left, which contrasts sharply with the horizontal banding on the fireplace pictured below, right, in which different sizes of stone are used.
The slate in the brilliantly-hued fireplace design pictured below, left, is in-
fused with tones of copper for dramatic effect, as is -- albeit to a lesser extent -- the beautiful Craftsman Style design pictured on the right.
The following two sets of images present a study in contrasts. Below, left, the random sizes and smooth finish of the slate veneer stones contrast sharply with the rough textured, similarly sized stacked stones of the slate design on the right.
Likewise, the rough textured facing of the black slate fireplace pictured be-
low, right, contrasts sharply with the highly polished finish and beautiful veining patterns of the fireplace pictured to its left . . . . . . .
. . . . . as does the sleek contemporary design pic-
tured below, featuring a smooth black slate facing.
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