Does Limestone Come in Different Colors?
Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed with the remains of marine organisms’ skeletal fragments. Limestone is, in part, composed of coral and mollusk remains, among those from other animals. Because limestone is found in so many different parts of the world, the creatures’ remains and other minerals that go into a single quarry’s limestone are not the same as others, meaning that each batch of limestone is unique. Part of this individuality can be seen in limestone’s rainbow of color selections, with each representing the different sediments that reflect light and color differently inside the limestone! Learn more about the different colors limestone comes in, and where they look best.
How Limestone Is Formed
Limestone is a stone that is formed in ocean beds, made up of calcium carbonate and other various materials. What other materials go into limestone are dependent on where it is formed, as different oceans are made with various amounts of minerals and oceanic creatures that are deposited in the limestone. While “true” limestone is white in color, limestone comes in a huge variety of colors!
The Colors Limestone Is Available In
It is important to keep in mind that because limestone is a natural stone, no slab is perfectly even in color nor texture. Each piece of limestone is entirely unique, and even a singular slab may display great variation. When choosing a color of limestone for your home, be open to seeing how a slab’s variations in color can be used to create depth in your custom home design!
White, Beige, and Cream
The most common variants of limestone are white, beige, and cream. Colors in this category include Fine White, Rhine White, Yulan Beige, and Ivory Cream. Limestone in these light colors is airy and helps open up a home. Because of this, they’re often used for interior design features like stone kitchen hoods, fireplaces, and walls, drawing the eye upwards. Another common use for these colors is outdoor features because their light color reflects sunlight instead of absorbing it, which helps keep decks, pathways, and pool surrounds cool even in the summer.
Gray and Blue
Gray and blue limestone are darker and more sea-inspired than their white counterparts. Because of their visual depth, gray and blue limestone is often used in the form of floor tiles, often in more updated homes. Some common colors in this category include Azul Monica and Sino Blue, plus our Ruoms Adouci and Vert Giverny.
Brown and Red
Clay and iron oxide are two “impurities” that often find themselves embedded in limestone, with the outcome being a brown or red-colored limestone. Colors in this category include Poiseul, Fontenary Dore, and Chassagne Violine. Those with a heavier amount of “pure” limestone will even appear pink or rose-colored, such as our Hauteville C Flamme or Rose De Bourgogne B5. These elegant colors are especially earthy and add a very homey appeal. They’re ideal for spaces like entryways, kitchens, and guest bathrooms due to their welcoming nature.
Dark Gray and Black
Some limestone comes in darker variants like dark gray and even black. The dark gray and black colors that Impression carries include Pompignan and Ruoms. Much like light gray and blue, dark gray and black are perfect for more modern spaces, especially in the form of flooring.
Impression’s Limestone and Limestone Colors
Impression is proud to provide high-quality natural stone to our customers, and our limestone is no exception. In being one of the top natural stone providers, we’ve expanded our limestone collection to include nearly 50 different colors! With so many to choose from, you’re bound to create your dream custom home feature through Impression. Contact us today to get connected with our artisans and draft a plan for your next home feature, or explore our website to see all that we provide.