Good Questions: Can I Do Tile or Stone in My Brownstone?

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Hello AT,

HELP!!!! Okay – I just bought a townhouse in Park Slope brooklyn and I am trying to make it moderately contemporary as I dislike the Victorian thing. My question: is it totally crazy to use stone or marble tile for the foyer, rather than wood? What kind of tile would make sense for a brownstone? Moroccan? Simple beige marble? HELP!

Thanks, Jonathan (note: pic is from Google)

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Jonathan, simply put, go contemporary, avoid Sopranos Italian and have fun. Look at stone over marble. Keep the color warm. There are many good places you could look at for inspiration. Here are few:

New York Mag: The Home Design Issue
This interior from The Rug Co website
Ann Sacks:
they have a beautiful showroom with really nice contemporary tile and stone that will give you a good feel for how it might look in your home.

Also, hotel lobbies in Soho are good sources of inspiration because they use harder surfaces in their lobbies due to the traffic, but have beautifully combined their modern aesthetic with the old New York buildings they are in. Look at The Mercer and 60 Thompson Street….