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Rustica: Architectural Stone for the Home

Rustica: Architectural Stone for the Home Rustica: Architectural Stone for the Home
If you’ve ever walked the cobblestone streets of Tuscany, gazed up from the beaches of southern France to watch the evening light set on the coastal villages, or even just dreamt of such historic, beautiful sights—you know the rugged elegance of natural stone architecture. Natural stone was the building block of old world architecture for hundreds of years, and for good reason—it’s abundantly rich in color and character and its durability stands the test of time.

At Imperial Elite, our team has spent the last few years traveling across the globe. We’ve carefully crafted an extraordinary collection of old world stones specially for you, so you can enjoy the classic charm of historic pieces without leaving your home. The collection is called Rustica, and we’ve narrowed it down to eight unique pieces of the world we know you’ll love.

The Rustica collection is filled with exquisite and unique pieces, such as:
  • Arizona Sunset
  • California Gold
  • Colonial Beige
  • Copper Canyon Clay
  • Appalachian Gray
  • Tuscan Sunrise
  • Sahara Sand
  • Burnt Sienna
Adding natural stone to the exterior structures of your home not only raises its value, but also creates a wonderful ambiance you can enjoy when relaxing or entertaining outdoors. The broad range of unique colors, varied textures, and cultural significance we’ve included in this collection opens the door to unlimited design potential. And although there are dozens of projects you could undertake using pieces from the Rustica collection, we’ve brainstormed a few we think would be a beautiful display of these one-of-a-kind stones. Our top recommendations for implementing the Rustica collection within your home include:
  • Front entryway
  • Outdoor living space
  • Pool and spa accents

Front entryway


A front entryway is an ideal place to incorporate Rustica stones into your design. The stone’s striking appearance will differentiate your home at first glance. Plus, you’ll get to admire them every time you step through your front door.

The most architecturally iconic use of stone is an arch over the front door with stacked stone columns supporting each side. Try matching one of our stones with your existing door color or starting from scratch. Either way, you’ll be able to build a beautiful masterpiece.

For this project, any stone from the Rustica collection will work. However, for best results, we recommend using:
  • Arizona Sunset
  • Appalachian Gray
  • Burnt Sienna

Arizona Sunset

Arizona Sunset can be a great addition to your entryway. With this stone, we suggest contrasting the burnt reds and oranges with a soft, cream-colored wood.

Appalachian Gray

Similar to Arizona Sunset, Appalachian Gray is best done with a bit of color coordination. We recommend pairing the clean and bright tones of this stone with a crisp white door and window accents.

Burnt Sienna

If you’re seeking a rustic look, opt for the Burnt Sienna. This stone takes its name from the city-state of Siena, where it was widely produced in its original pigment form during the Renaissance. When burnt, it takes on a toasted yellow-brown color, leaving each stone speckled with a unique array of color—its radiance as rich as its origin.

However, a stone archway isn’t your only option when considering adding natural stone to the front of your home. Other projects include: framing your windows or garage, lining the walkway to your front door, stacking the exterior of your chimney, or incorporating stone into the exterior of your entire home.

Outdoor living space


When designing an outdoor living space, stone is often used to create structures that naturally complement their environment and remain intact for years to come. Whether you have, or are looking to build, an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, grill, or a combination of them all, the simple addition of Rustica stones can transform your backyard into a timelessly beautiful space where you can entertain your friends and family, or kick back with a good book.

Before implementing the Rustica Collection into your outdoor living space, it’s important to educate yourself on the following aspects:
  • Complementary colors
  • Creative designs

Complementary colors

For an Arizona home, the neutral blend of beige and gray in our Colonial Beige stone can create a seamless transition between hardscape and desert landscape. It’ll also work to contrast the rich greens and vibrant colors of your yard’s plant life.

For a unique look that still blends nicely with the desert, try Sahara Sand. The stone’s soft tan and muted gold hues will bring a breath of fresh air to the heat of the summer and will look stunning when it’s wet from the monsoon rains.

Creative designs

With any outdoor structure, you have the opportunity to be very creative when it comes to your designs. Fireplaces can have arches, lighting fixtures, or they can be topped with unique mosaics. Your outdoor kitchen can be open to the pool, shaded by the patio, have a bar top or a separate cozy seating area, or be attached to your fireplace nook.

The world of design is yours when planning your outdoor space. And choosing stones from our Rustica collection will benefit you for years to come. Not only are the stones gorgeous and rare, but they’re also incredibly durable and require very little maintenance.

Pool and spa accents


A majority of the homes in Arizona have a pool. And, since pools can be enjoyed nearly year-round, it’s worth the investment of making it beautiful. And one of the best ways to take your pool from average to extraordinary is to incorporate natural stone. Natural stones can add a unique element to your pool and spa areas by creating a place to swim that fits naturally into its environment.

There are dozens of ways you could use natural stone in your pool design. You can line the edges, build a waterfall or ledger panel, or use the stones to build a natural swim-up bar.

This project is also completely customizable. You have the opportunity to add as many or as few stones as you’d like. By adding more stone, you will create a rugged and natural feel. While adding less provides a design that is sleek and elegant. You can stack them high in neat columns or build a waterfall out of rough, uncut stones. Plus, you can choose any combination of colors to create a pool that you’ll love to be in.

Getting started


Whichever direction you choose to go, you’re going to want a stone that makes your home as remarkable as you can imagine—and Rustica is perfect for the job. If you’re looking to redesign your backyard or want some ideas as to how you can use these stones inside, check out this gallery of ideas for inspiration.

At Imperial Elite, we bring you the widest selection of natural stone in Arizona. We have an expert team of designers who can help bring your ideas to life, so contact us today to learn more and get started.