Stylish Stones: Decorating with River Rock

Rocks belong outside, don’t they? Especially river rocks, which should, by definition, be resting in a river bank somewhere. If you want rocks at home, shouldn’t they be in the garden or, at most, on the exterior?

Nope. River rocks are a decorator’s friend when applied correctly. The smooth stones are reminiscent of earthy spas, zen-like spaces (think hot stone massages), and all-natural environments. They can be used in all their unmarred glory or incorporated into modern spaces with pebble tile or glazed stones.

Bathroom by Brennan + Company Architects
Riobel Pallace Wall-Mount Faucet; image via
Bathroom by Rockefeller Partners Architects
Bathroom by PARISI Interiors, LLC


Hall by kbcdevelopments
River Rock Table
Even the smallest accessories can make a difference:
Linkasink Pebble Drain

Because river rocks are culled directly from nature, they work well with other natural materials like live-edge wood and natural stone (even the faux rocks):

Powder Room by Krannitz Gehl Architects
Bathroom by Nunley Custom Homes
Powder Room by Moon Bros Inc
Living Room by Doorex
For a smoother, sleeker version, granites like black marinace and pebble creek granite have the same effect and can be used in places where rocks are usually not found, like kitchen countertops:
Hall by Marble of the World
Bathroom by Marbles ltd
Bathroom by Peak Construction & Design, Inc.
Bathroom by Southwest Marble & Granite Works
Kitchen via
Kitchen by Granite Grannies
Kitchen by CR Home Design K&B (Construction Resources)