What Is The Best Stone For My Fireplace?

What Is The Best Stone For My Fireplace?

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We hear the question all the time- what is the best stone for my fireplace. Honestly, there is no best stone for everyone.  The best stone depends on the location of the fireplace in the home and where you live. What we install in the suburbs of Chicago is completely different than what the consumers in the city of Chicago desire. We have also found that customers that immigrate from other countries have different cultural differences for stone style. Just like the our customers from the West Coast have a different style from the customers from the East Coast.

We added a new style of stone to our collection that we call our Narrow Profile Stone. All the stones are the same height with very tight and narrow stone profiles. The look is much more contemporary than our traditional stones like our cobble stone or even the stones from our ledge stone collection including our Dry Stack, Mountain Stack and Mountain Ledge Stone.

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We have experimented and found that only one to three different colors added to the Narrow Profile stone create the most visually interesting look. Some manufactures try to make each little ridge have a new color and the look becomes very confused. A stone with fewer colors blend very well. You can choose either a cream color base, or a cooler grey color. What ever your color choice, North Star Stone can create a beautiful blend of stone, especially if you are looking for a more contemporary style for a fireplace or interior wall in your home.

The pictures that are attached to this article show some very beautiful stone fireplaces.  Please contact North Star Stone, Inc of Libertyville, Illinois at 947-996-6850 or info@northstarstone.biz.

Corner Brick Fireplace Gets New Look with Stone Veneer

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Corner Brick Fireplace Gets New Look with Stone Veneer

Is Your Corner Brick Fireplace Dated? Want to change it?

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Time to give your home a fireplace make over? Call North Star Stone at 847-996-6850 or check our web site at http://www.northstarstone.biz

Stone Fireplace Transformation in just one day:

Our customer selected our blend of our popular Wisconsin Prairie Blend. It is a blend of our two ledge stones and field stone and the color was selected and hand made just for this order. A skim coat of mortar is applied directly to the brick and the stone is installed piece by piece to get the finished look. We can assist you and your fireplace project from design to stone selection and installation. Your fireplace can be brick, drywall, or just about any other material and we can help create a new fireplace focal point.

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The new stone fireplace in on day http://northstarstone.biz for more information email us with questions at info@northstarstone.biz


North Star Stone, Inc
1921 Industrial Dr.
Libertyville, IL 60048


Stone Fireplaces Color Selection Warmer Colors

Stone Fireplaces Stone Interior

Stone Fireplaces Color Selection Warmer Colors

Time to cover that brick fireplace with stone? Or get rid of that tile and wood surround? Maybe you have drywall staring at you for years!  With our stone veneers and expert installation we can completely make any fireplace the focal point of the room. Previous Blog posts describe our work from adding a flat screen TV over a stone fireplace, to adding book cases to a fireplace.

This blog is going to show you some color choices of stone. There is no best color, but there are some rules of thumb. First stay with the natural colors of stone. Don’t get the fancy blues or pink colors or other designer colors that some vendors may offer because they will work with your furniture. We suggest one of two palates of either the warmer earth tone colors or the cooler colors that bring out the grey tones.

Color Intensity is an important factor and so is the light in the room.  I define color intensity  as the amount of stones that have color in relation to the stones that are the natural or buff color. We prefer making the stone fireplace more dramatic and therefore with more color. A ratio of about 70-75% color intensity and the balance being the natural color works very well. A room that is darker with either natural light or artificial light want to reverse the ratio so the room doesn’t get dark.

Picking the “Right Color”.  With good guidance you should be able to pick a color palate that you feel comfortable. A nice blend of colors in the stones allows you to make decorating changes in your room with the fireplace and the stone will not become dated. When we visit with our clients, we bring our I Pad and show the color palates expanded over the fireplace, the near by walls, flooring and furniture.

Below are some a selection of some of the more popular stone colors that we carry. We can easily customize a color just for you and add different colors and add or subtract the color intensity. You just need to to contact  North Star Stone at 847-996-6850 to schedule an appointment.


Main Street

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Wisconsin Knolls


Lake Shores Trails

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Razor Back Ridge


Autumn Splendor

The above stones are just a small sample of the colors in the earth tone colors that we manufacture. Select a color scheme that you like and share your vision with us and we will create a stone fireplace of your dreams