How to Use Slate for Decorating

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How to Use Slate for Decorating
Slate is soft stone that creates a rustic charm in decor. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Slate is a natural stone found in a variety of home applications. From floors to roofs, sidewalks to sinks, slate brings warmth and depth to a home's appearance. Slate is a soft stone that scratches. Scratches typically disappear when the slate is wiped with mineral oil or you can leave the scratches and allow the rustic charm of the slate to shine.

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Things you need

  • Slate floor tiles
  • Slate counters
  • Slate back splash
  • Tables with slate tops
  • Slate light switch covers
  • Slate candle plates
  • Slate wall art
  • Slate picture frames
  • Slate coasters
  • Slate trivets

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    Create a durable, long lasting and decorative floor with slate tiles. Put slate in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and entries.

  2. 2

    Select slate for counter tops in the kitchen. Slate doesn't react to acids in foods, doesn't stain, isn't affected by heat and doesn't require sealing, which makes it a good choice for kitchen counters and back splashes.

  3. 3

    Top end tables and kitchen table with slate tiles. Slate is impervious to hot cups of coffee, plates or casserole dishes.

  4. 4

    Accent your home with slate pieces. Replace plastic light switch plates with slate switch plates. Place slate underneath candles to protect tables. Hang slate wall art on the walls and slate picture frames on shelves. Use slate coasters beneath hot and cold drinks. Place slate trivets on counters that aren't heat resistant.

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