Indian sandstone is one of the most popular paving choices for landscaping projects of all types. And for good reason, as it offers a wealth of benefits such as impressive durability, ease of maintenance, and aesthetic appeal - all of which make it a hugely attractive option for anyone looking to revamp their outdoor spaces whilst getting great value for money.
Coming direct from natural sources, Indian sandstone paving has a textured composition and an organic, earthy appearance. This finish means that Indian sandstone patio slabs can sit as a tasteful focal point within gardens and bring a fantastic sense of classic elegance to outdoor areas of all types.
Moreover, Indian sandstone comes in a range of different colours and shades, meaning you can select the one that’s perfectly suited to your individual preferences and creative vision. Carry on reading to explore the different types of Marshalls Indian sandstone on offer before using our interactive design tools to start building your dream outdoor living area.
Why is Indian sandstone so popular?
Indian sandstone has a number of inherent benefits that make it a hugely sought-after material forpatios, driveways, garden paths, and more. Threaded with vein details and subtle highlights, every slab of Indian sandstone is unique; meaning it’s perfect for anyone wanting to add real character and individuality to their garden.
As the name suggests, Indian sandstone is sourced directly from quarries in India. There are sandstone quarries all over the country, and each has its own qualities and variations that make the stone unique. Differences in colour, hue, texture, finish, and pattern all come together to provide a wide range of options from which to choose.
Additionally, because they are naturally-sourced materials, all sandstones age when exposed to the elements. This means that Indian sandstone paving slabs will mature alongside your home and complement its aesthetic for years to come.
Beyond its stunning appearance, Indian sandstone is popular because of its reputation for being incredibly hardwearing. This makes it perfect for use on patios and driveways where durable, long-lasting materials are a must in order to ensure that the surfaces remain safe and crack-free.
What different colours of Indian sandstone are available?
As we mentioned above, there are a number of different colour options when it comes to Indian sandstone. Some, however, are more common than others, and we’ve provided an overview of these in the sections below.
Buff Indian sandstone
The term buff is used by landscapers to describe a range of shades including beige, caramel, gold, yellow, sand, greige, and wheat. Buff paving slabs are lighter in colour than other options, meaning they are ideal for brightening up outdoor areas which may be smaller or have less access to natural light.
Buff sandstone slabs are all unique because of the subtle differences in tone and finish that come with natural materials. They are great for creating a neutral base that can be embellished with accent stones and complementary edging pavers to achieve a classic, elegant look.
Marshalls buff Indian sandstone is used widely to create stone circles and raised walls as well as statement pathways that become the standout feature of a garden.
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Brown Indian sandstone
Celebrated by landscapers all over the world for being one of the most versatile colours, brown Indian sandstone is easy to pair with a wide variety of other complementary colours. It works especially well with cooler shades of brown, red-tinted browns, and warm greys, but can also look fantastic when used with contrasting colours such as bluey-greys to achieve a more dramatic effect.
With subtle differences in tone and finish running through the stone, brown Indian sandstone can be used to create captivating patio areas that exude a real sense of timeless elegance. Its warmer undertones are also perfect for creating spaces that instantly feel cosier and more inviting - ideal for colder, rainier climates.
You can find brown Indian sandstone paving used in all types of garden areas - patios, porches,pathways, and driveways by using driveway setts.
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Grey Indian sandstone
If a cooler, more contemporary design scheme is what you’re after then grey Indian sandstone is the colour to choose. It is popular with landscapers working on both residential and commercial projects thanks to its versatility and how easily it can be paired with a whole range of different colours like blues, browns, reds, and beiges.
The silvery accents found in grey Indian sandstone slabs add another dimension to its appearance and mean it’s ideal for anyone looking to bring a sense of elegance and refinement into their garden or outdoor living space.
Again, just like with the other colours of Indian sandstone, the natural composition of the material means that no slab will be the same as the next, with unique ripples and textures making it easy to create an effect that is utterly individual.
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Why choose Marshalls Indian sandstone?
Alongside the fact that there is a great range of colour options from which to choose, Indian sandstone offers a wealth of other benefits. In this section, we’ll explore some of these in more detail so you can decide if Indian sandstone is the best material for your next home improvement project.
Due to it having a high percentage of quartz crystals embedded within the stone itself, our Indian sandstone is incredibly durable. Its composition means that it is less absorbent than other materials, ensuring that it will retain its colour and strength over long periods of time.
Additionally, the blend of sand and quartz crystals means that Indian sandstone is resistant to extremes of temperatures, so it will be able to withstand intense sunshine in the summer along with freezing conditions in the winter. This is a particularly attractive benefit, as it means that your driveway, path, or patio won’t be at risk of cracking and flaking as the seasons change.
Easy to maintain
Indian sandstone is the perfect choice for anyone who does not want to be tied down to strict maintenance requirements, with a simple cleaning routine being all that’s needed to keep it looking its best all year round. Use warm soapy water or a bleach solution with a standard yard brush to clear away stains, moss growth, and algae.
Read our full blog post for more guidance on how to clean and care for your Indian sandstone patio.
The Marshalls promise
Here at Marshalls, we work to provide you with the highest quality products and services at competitive prices. Our ranges of natural stone paving slabs are sustainably and ethically sourced, with special care and attention paid to ensuring that they are all crafted in ways that promote your wellbeing - today, tomorrow, and in the years to come.
Our teams are passionate about helping you to realise your creative visions and achieve the outdoor living spaces of your dreams. We use expertise and over 130 years of experience to guide you through every step of the way, all so you can just enjoy the process of making your home, yours.