RESOURCES FOR
ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS

STONE DESIGNER

Use our Stone Designer (currently in beta), a free tool to visualize various stone materials in different design patterns. Experiment with color, surface finish, shape, size, joints, and mortar—all in one tool. Blend a variety of stone materials to create something unique, and apply it to your CAD drawings. When you’re done experimenting, download the finished CAD material texture for use in your drawings and presentations.

Pattern Screenshot v2

Choose pattern.

Stone Screenshot v2

Choose stone type.

Architect Rendering Screenshot

Download and render.

3D DESIGN PATTERNS

Stone pieces sized and placed relative to each other creates a design pattern. Use our robust library of 3D stone patterns in your CAD drawings and presentations or try our (beta) Stone Designer.

3D design pattern with tiling straight on view
3D Design pattern with tiling straight on view screenshot
3D design pattern with tiling angled view screenshot

STONE DEFINITIONS

Knowing the right verbiage is important in any field and stone is no different! Make sure you’re speaking the same language as your stone supplier—our natural and reclaimed stone definitions are the perfect bookmarkable references.

TOPICS TO EXPLORE

Planning a pool deck? Want to learn more about bluestone? Considering reclaimed stone or cobblestone for your walkway or driveway? Dive deeper to explore what our stone experts think.

STONE POSTS

The Stone Curators’ Blog

Have you ever had a day when you didn’t see or touch or walk on some kind of stone? Most people would say no but they might not THINK about stone every day. We do. That’s what this blog is all about; how we think about stone and some information we hope you find practical and insightful. Please enjoy!

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COLOR PROFILE

Color theme, color pattern, feeling, inclusions, and surface finish create a color profile.

Color Theme

Color theme icon blues

Dominant Color
Blue

Color theme icon oranges

Secondary Color
Rust/Orange

Color Pattern

Random surface color pattern

Blotched

Surface Finish

Natural cleft surface finish

Natural Cleft

SURFACE PROFILE

Surface finish and surface roughness combine to create a surface profile. Color theme, color pattern, feeling, inclusions, and surface finish create a color profile.

Surface Finish

split faced rough plane surface finish

Split Face - Rough Plane

Surface Roughness

Rough surface roughness profile

Surface Variation 1/4 - 2 inches

NATURAL STONE INSTITUTE

Stone Curators is a proud member of the Natural Stone Institute. We are pleased to be able to offer selected publications from NSI’s extensive library.

Natural Stone Institute Member Logo

Natural Stone
101

Square Cap or Capital Illustration

Standards by
Stone Type

Square Arris Illustration

Standards by
Installation Type

Square Kerf Illustration

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