The dilemma facing most stylists, landscape architects, interior designers as well as interior decorators is what kind of finishing to suggest. This dilemma of old is solved with the current industry which in fact has diversified the incontestable limestone products in the perfect choice of material for luxury yet still covering affordability. Stone products can be seen in many villas in Bali on floors and especially used as stone wall cladding.
Limestone finishing could be in a variety of products:
- Limestone tiles.
- Polished limestone surface finishing.
- Honed limestone surface finishing.
- Brushed limestone surface finish.
- Antique surface finish.
- Bush-hammered surface finish.
Limestone tiles used as stone cladding are in a wide variety of shades to fit the customer’s specific taste. The wide variety of limestone tiles give you a sense of nature indoors. From the earthen shades of brown to lighter grey-white shades of shell, to cream-yellow shades which give a touch of yellow sand. All these to be enjoyed out of the limestone tile-finishing.
Polished limestone finishing
For a smooth, refined and attractive interior, Limestone is used as the base material in whose natural state as a finishing material for the interior may be considered rugged and displeasing. Polishing gives the option to improve aesthetics to what is eye-catching together with an additional tinge of luxury. Polishing gives a glossy look, smooth as well, with lower reflective properties. The process of polishing is done through grinding the stone-surface by use of diamond grit pads or diamond compounds. The end effect is like that of a mirror.
Honed interior limestone finishing
A honed finishing is better suited for an individual who prefers less gloss as well as lesser reflective properties of the end polished surface. This type of limestone finishing is in all ways similar to the polished limestone finishing. The difference is in a notable reduced glossiness as well as increased degree of coarseness with the honed finishing. The honed finishing does well for semi-interior surfaces such as in the balcony as well as verandahs. Direct sunlight falling on them gives them a natural look without undesired and intolerable amounts of gloss.
Brushed limestone finish
The limestone surface is scrubbed or rather brushed using steel or relatively hard nylon brushes leaving behind what is in fact lightly textured a surface. The surface will bear desirable properties such as higher resistance to scratches and unwanted marks. This is ideal for bathroom and lavatory areas which would more often than not require more attention with respect to cleaning, regular scrubbing to ensure cleanliness.
The idea behind having an antique finish is to enjoy the golden touch of age in a new look. This is done through a process known as tumbling where the stone is vibrated in a sand bath and in grit. After this, it gets a distressed lightly rugged look which can be further distressed by putting the antique tile into acid such as oxalic acid to give a final look, it gives an attractive look of luxury only found in antique pieces.
This is done by subjecting the surface to hammering force provided by a hammer with steel points. This allows for chipping off of some material from the surface to leave behind what is both a rough surface with grip, but smooth enough not to give the distracting effect of outside terrain. This is ideal for a holiday home.