After calculating totals, we have determined the popularity of our decorative stone selection from 2021
CLICK HERE to view the AreA Landscape Supply Decorative Stone choices. More options can also be found HERE on our gravel web page. It has been quite interesting to see how the results change (or not) from year to year. Some observations include the rise of Slate Chips (and the color grey emerging as a neutral in home design overall), that the 3 of our 25 stones remain in the top 5 for the last 8 years, and two of our stones finally made it to the top 10!
View our previous posts on top stone choices from over the years:
New York Marble
Never before seen on our top decorative stones list! New York Marble is a crisp white stone with a rough and jagged appearance. The sizes do vary slightly, from approximately 3/4″ to 1-1/2″. The stones shimmer in the sunlight and are a great high-contrast choice.
Pink Tifton is a stone with rough texture and jagged edges. The color range found in the Pink Tifton mix is a blush to mauve, and many more shades in between. Overall general appearance has a shimmer throughout that can be found in large and small sizes.
Another new-comer to our top decorative stones list! Western Sunrise has a color range that is found in the rock formations of our desert regions. It has an overall color of a bold orange with light oranges, dark reds and browns. It is a stone with rough and rustic texture that falls between 3/4″ and 1-1/2″ in size. This stone will provide a great accent to your home.
Shooting Star is was new to our stone choices in 2020. It surprised us last year by making the Top Ten List. It, again, made the top ten & even moved up in popularity! Shooting Star is a bold, grey, stone with varying shades from light grey to almost black. As with most decorative stones, the color is most vivid when wet. There is a slight shimmer to the unique Shooting Star stone as well. These stones are irregular-shaped with jagged edges and are roughly 1-1/2″ in diameter.
Large Bark Nuggets
Large Bark Nuggets have the look of weathered wood chips and coloring that is mostly brown tones with some grays. The stones are fairly lightweight and generally about the size of a golf ball, however, dime-sized pieces are a common occurrence. This stone is similar to Autumn Smoke (see below).
Moving up on the list from #8 in 2019, to #5 in 2020 & #5 again, is Slate Chips. As the name eludes to, this stone has the appearance of chunks of gray slate. The thin layered fragments of this stone could also be described as shale-like. The deep gray color glistens in the sunlight. The characteristics of this stone provide a strong contrast and a unique, but sophisticated, appearance. This is a great accent for houses with gray siding, or roof shingles in the gray/black family.
Flint Stone consists of deep, bold, saturated hues of rusty reds, burgundy, browns, medium and dark greys. The stones are mostly smooth with some irregular-shaped jagged pieces. This color-popping stone would be a great accent to a low-maintenance, predominantly green landscape. Flint Stone comes in both a medium and a large size. See the samples in person for the best comparison.
Autumn Smoke is darker than Large Bark Nuggets, consisting mostly of charcoal grays with some brown tones. The texture is porous and lightweight. Neutral house color schemes could benefit from the deep neutral tones found within Autumn Smoke.
Meramec is a stone family that comes in a medium and a large size, large being the most popular at just bigger than a golf ball. The colors are bold shades of gold, caramel and tan. These stones have a textured surface and inconsistent shape which leads to a more rustic landscape.
Coming in second for 2018, 2019 and 2020, American Heritage finally made it to the top spot on our countdown! This decorative stone is a mixture of bold and pale colors that include creamy white stones, beige stones, gray granite & pink granite. The surfaces of the stones are mostly smooth, with some tumbled stones as well. The size of American Heritage can roughly be compared to the size of an egg.