Going Grey: The Beauty of Slate in Luxury Custom Homes

Luxury Custom HomesSlate is a striking natural material that has traditionally enhanced some of the most attractive and stylish patio and garden designs for years. But imagine its beauty brought indoors, going beyond flooring to ramp up the natural look of gorgeous luxury new homes on the west coast.

There’s something undeniably pleasing and elemental about fire and stone together, which is why a stunning slate fireplace surround in your custom home creates that winning combination.

Luxury New Homes Invite Natural Tones

Selecting the right colour for a slate surround means considering the colours of the room where it will be installed, as well as the size of the surround itself. If the slate area around the fireplace will be relatively contained, a stone shade (or shades) that work well as an accent colour will work well. If the slate surround will be large, and possibly carry up to greater heights, the colour should work well with the other predominant colours in the room.

Slate is not a flashy stone; its pleasing, subtle look and feel fits in beautifully with our west coast surroundings, particularly with the bold, unadulterated design themes of contemporary luxury custom homes. Although we usually think of slate as grey, you may be surprised to discover that there are quite a number of other inspiring shades available, including beautiful blues, warm, earthy browns and even deep pink to rose tones, all colours that can be successfully incorporated to accent and enhance the more neutral classic greys.

A combination of cool and warm tones can be especially striking and provide some eye-catching variety.

Be Bold and Go to Greater Heights

Luxury Custom HomesYou don’t have to stop at the mantel; the bold, dramatic look of slate can be carried right up to the ceiling. This is particularly effective in luxury custom homes with vaulted or other high ceilings and airy, open concepts designs, where the stone makes a statement without taking over the space.

Gorgeous slate stone fireplace surrounds or feature walls can be truly impressive interior structures that don’t sacrifice a lot of square footage. Ask your custom home builder about covering any front or rear entrance columns with slate, to integrate the natural appeal of outdoor spaces, such as an expansive patio or terrace. Using an attractive and adaptable material such as slate in luxury new homes lets you tap your imagination and leave no stone unturned!


Doug KerrDoug Kerr is the owner of Kerr Construction in Vancouver. With over 25 years of experience in the renovation and new home construction business, he has developed the Kerr System for designing and building. With this Design/Build system he has helped hundreds of clients achieve their dream homes while also winning multiple national and provincial building and renovations awards. Being a former world-class athlete…” Read more.

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