The humble river pebble is a faultless example of how Mother Nature is inexhaustibly patient when it comes to creating perfection. Honed into a smooth, rounded shape over hundreds of years, the pebble can bring an organic element to your decor. When used en masse, this modest little stone can create a huge impact.
Winn Wittman Architecture, original photo on Houzz
Bring the outside in. Creating a connection between the courtyard and the bathroom, this sunken square filled with pebbles makes a striking stage for a bath. The oval curve of the tub cleverly mimics the shapeliness of the stones beneath it. The salt-and-pepper-colored pebbles meld beautifully with the concrete exterior of the bath, but they also would pair well with white ceramic.
Modern Kitchen, original photo on Houzz
Support a work surface. Since pebbles are a hardy, low-maintenance material, they can take the knocks of everyday life. Using a white pebble on an island counter lends texture and interest to a space that could otherwise be rather plain. Don’t forget that pebbles also make fantastic backsplashes and countertops too, although it’s worth considering that they are challenging to keep clean.
Brennan + Company Architects, original photo on Houzz
Design a feature. Even a small space can be enhanced with the addition of pebbles. While a bathroom is the obvious choice for a playful use of pebbles, a mosaic border could also enliven an entrance hall or home office. Other ideas include making a pebble “frame” around an island counter in the kitchen. Or take the idea outside and edge a patio area with complementary pebbles.
Vantage Homes QLD, original photo on Houzz
Make a splash. Using pebbles on vertical surfaces makes a wall with a wow factor and adds an element of surprise to any room. White pebble tiles can be used to create a feature in a bathroom, but don’t be afraid to install a wall of pebbles in the living room too. Around the hearth of a fireplace would ensure a focal point that really gets visitors talking. Or, if you’re not prepared to make such a bold design statement, why not create a personalized artwork by grouping together a number of pebbled tiles in a modern frame?
Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture, original photo on Houzz
Put them to bed. For a sculptural effect, use river pebbles as a form of mulch in your courtyard garden beds. Pebbles and grasses tend to look particularly good in contemporary-styled alfresco areas, and they also work well with succulents for a desert or Mexican flavor. Apart from their aesthetic appeal, pebbles are also helpful in suppressing weeds.
TaC Studios, Architects, original photo on Houzz
Let it rain. Using more permeable surfaces in landscaping is kinder to the planet because the runoff isn’t instantly diverted to the municipal drains, which can’t always handle the load. Small pebbles look great in the garden and also allow rainwater to seep slowly back into the earth. Try pebbles around a pool, or even use the tiniest pebbles as a driveway instead of concrete, brick or pavers to do your small bit for the environment.