Limestone occurs commonly in nature, and is a hard and durable choice for a wide variety of projects. Neutral colors like cream, beige, gold, blue gray, and mushroom predominate the palette available in limestone. Formed when calcium based granular sediment and organic material deposits compact over time, limestone is the most homogenous type of natural stone. Limestone is extremely long-lasting and holds up well to exposure to the elements. Subtle shade variation, pencil thin veining and the inclusion of the occasional shell fossil make limestone a sophisticated choice.
Because limestone is readily available, it is relatively easy to cut into blocks and shape into more elaborate carvings. It has been a prized building material for many centuries. It was even the stone of choice for the Great Pyramid in Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Limestone is a staple of historic European design, used in manor houses, cathedrals, and castles dotting the landscape of Europe. In addition to its historical appeal, limestone appeals to contemporary tastes as well, and has been featured on the exterior of the new Yankee Stadium. A floor of large format, understated limestone tiles can create a smooth sleek minimalist look in a contemporary setting.
Available in slab, tile, and trim, limestone is primarily seen in a honed or polished finish.