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How to Enhance Your Formal Dining Room with Natural Stone

how to enhance your dining room with natural stone

Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays, a birthday, or other special events, your formal dining room should be fit for any occasion. Natural stone is a stylish and luxurious way to enhance your formal dining room and give your guests an experience unlike any other. The rustic elegance of natural stone can be added to your formal dining room in many ways including tabletops, flooring, and more.

Here are our favorite ways to incorporate natural stone to create a luxuriously stylish formal dining room.


Natural stone flooring is durable, virtually maintenance free, and easy to clean—making it an ideal for a formal dining room that hosts many parties and gatherings. Stains, spills, and other mishaps can be wiped up with ease.

Because of its ability to retain and evenly distribute heat, natural stone flooring is also a great fit for radiant floor heating systems. These systems offer gradual, room-filling heat that offset the natural coldness of stone flooring in the winter time.

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The slate floors in this example of a unique open-air dining room add a rustic appeal to the space. The texturized stones bring to mind ancient architecture and classic elegance.

Antique Arcane Limestone Reclaimed Stone Flooring Pavers

In this dining room, limestone pavers in various sandy tones add a historic motif to the space. The reclaimed brick wall and wooden ceiling complement the floors and further amplify the timeless aesthetic.

Bars and islands

For after dinner drinks and socializing, a natural stone bar makes a great gathering place. Ledger panels and stacked stone can be used to form the base of the bar, or accent the area with a backsplash, while a premium stone slab can act as an elegant countertop.

The durability of natural stone means it won’t be a problem if your guests forget to use coasters. However, hot items should be placed on a hot pad, as high heat can damage stones such as marble and travertine.

This bar area features a granite countertop and a striking stacked stone backsplash, showing how natural stone can be incorporated in several areas of the same room.

Accent walls

A natural stone accent wall gives any formal dining room a traditional, timeless, and rustic look and feel. Natural stone wall tile can also be used as an accent piece to complement the color scheme of your formal dining room. With so many stones available, there’s sure to be a natural stone accent wall that’s perfect for the style of your formal dining room.

This extravagant dining room has a striking stacked stone accent wall as one of its many design elements. The wall contrasts with the polished light fixtures and sleek furniture to add a hint of rustic appeal.

In this contemporary dining room, a stacked stone accent wall serves as a visual divider between the adjoining kitchen and the dining room.


A fireplace is the perfect grand centerpiece all year long, and, when the weather’s nice, a roaring fire can add a cozy feeling to any formal dining room. Natural stone is a popular choice for fireplaces, both for its visual appeal and for its ability to conduct heat safely.

This chiseled travertine fireplace has a multi-sided design, allowing it to serve as a centerpiece for both the dining room and the adjoining living room. The coordinating travertine flooring helps the room to appear sleek and unified.

This fireplace is embedded in one of the dining room’s main walls, and has a stacked stone exterior that helps it stand out against its dark brown surroundings.


Your guests will enjoy the premium feel of eating at a luxurious natural stone dining table, and you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your table is strong enough to withstand any damage. Natural stone tabletops come in a wide variety of colors and styles, making them easy to coordinate with any dining room’s décor.

The dining room above features a white and gray marble tabletop with a polished finish. The gray tones in the marble fit into the overall sleek aesthetic of its surroundings.

This custom granite dining table with a polished finish includes a matching Lazy Susan. The shining stone complements the artful elegance of the room.

Finding the right natural stone

While every natural stone is durable, visually striking, and easy to clean, each one has its own key characteristics. Before you decide on a particular stone in your formal dining room, ensure it’s the right fit for that specific project by understanding the unique characteristics and features of each type of stone.


Granite is widely popular because of its visual appeal and the wide variety of colors it’s available in. It can also withstand high heat and is unable to be scratched by the majority of materials. Granite is a popular choice for countertops and flooring and is an investment piece that’s sure to add value to your home.


Quartz is generally seen as a cost-effective alternative to granite, and it comes in many of the same colors and shades. Quartz also has the benefit of being non-porous, meaning it does not require yearly sealing to keep stains and bacteria from seeping under the surface of the stone. This characteristic makes it a great choice for countertops, tabletops, and backsplash tile.


The shining white tones and intricate veining of marble makes it the ultimate luxury stone. With its high price point, marble can be a costly investment, but the classical timelessness of the stone ensures that it will never go out of style. Marble countertops, flooring, and tabletops are the pinnacle of elegance and are guaranteed to make a statement.


Most commonly found in tan, cream-colored, or rusty shades, travertine has a recognizable look and feel. Travertine is a popular choice for fireplaces because of its rustic appeal, and is also often used for flooring because of its neutral hues that blend into the style of any room.

Stacked Stone

Stacked stone is a unique three-dimensional panel composed of stone pieces of varying sizes and textures. The stones are set and affixed together prior to installation to streamline the process, whilst still giving the appearance of a hand-made final product. Stacked stone is a versatile building material that can be used for projects such as backsplashes, accent walls, and more.

How Imperial Wholesale can help

If you’re looking to remodel your formal dining room or add natural stone to any room in your home, it’s time to call in the experts. As part of our Imperial Elite service, our stone specialists provide uniquely sourced materials from all corners of the world in nearly every color, texture, shape, and size available. We work to bring your vision to life, from initial sketches and measurements to the precise final installation. The custom elegance and exotic appeal of our natural stones can add a unique touch of sophistication to your home. Contact us today to get started.