Stone Cladding: 5 Best Stone Wall Cladding Options


Although it almost always looks exactly like solid stone, stone cladding is usually just a sophisticated layer of natural or engineered stone. This layer is applied to a non-structural wall and gives the impression that the wall is made of solid stone.

Cladding in general is the simple practice of layering materials for better thermal insulation, weatherproofing, or aesthetics – as is often the case with stone cladding. The most common type of siding is probably weatherboard siding, of which there are several types such as fiber cement, aluminum, vinyl and wood to name a few. Read more about the common types of weatherboard trim and what they can do for you here.

Stone cladding, in particular, is a beautiful option for transforming interior or exterior walls. It is equally suitable for new construction or renovation as it simply covers the existing walls. The category includes many different types of stone, including granite, sandstone, limestone, marble, quartz, and slate.

There are two main types of stone cladding: cladding panels (easy installation – best suited for machine-split textured designs) or custom sliding veneer (can be tailored to the dimensions of the wall, looks more authentic, more difficult to install and more expensive).

Stone siding is among the most expensive siding materials, so it may not be the right choice for those who are on an extremely tight budget. Including installation prices, stone veneer costs between $230 and $310 per square foot, depending on the type of stone you are purchasing.

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For those who love the stone look but can’t afford the authenticity of natural stone materials, you might consider stone tiles instead. The main thing to consider when thinking about installing stone siding is your budget. It determines the type, volume, and quality of stone material that you can purchase.

Stone cladding is an intricate multi-step process that is best performed by professionals. If you have previous experience installing stone siding, you might be able to do it yourself, but for amateurs, it’s definitely a process you need to leave to the appropriate contractors. Improperly installed stone cladding systems deteriorate much faster, can be dangerous to the building‘s occupants, and can even compromise the building’s structural integrity.

Stone Wall Cladding Design Ideas: Top 5

5. Exterior stone cladding – facade

Stone cladding has a number of practical advantages outdoors, as well as excellent aesthetics. Some of the unique benefits of exterior stone cladding include: It’s durable, versatile, requires little maintenance and is sure to add value to your home.

Eco Outdoor has an extensive range of natural stone wall material that is easy to install on any suitable surface. Your dry stone wall pictured above is particularly beautiful as it has a natural and sturdy elegance reminiscent of authentic Italian farmhouses. You can browse their extensive range here, from Alpine to Baw Baw to Jindera stone options. Request a quote for a price estimate.

4. Interior Stone Cladding – Feature Wall

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A feature wall is the perfect way to take advantage of a natural stone aesthetic without committing to the costly process of renovating your entire home.

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Stone walls bring the rustic and simple nature of living into your home while allowing for the luxuries of modern living.

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They can be accented with shelves with photos or plants, or if you really want to emphasize the mix of nature and modernity, you can even mount your TV on the wall.

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There are many different styles, colors and textures. The image above is a collage of some paneling patterns available from Stone and Rock. Browse their extensive range here or visit their showrooms in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, East Queensland and North NSW.

3. Fireplace

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Leaning into the rustic mountain cabin feel of a stone clad wall creates a beautiful natural experience that is sure to remind you of simpler times. A fireplace wall is the perfect way to do this and it can be installed indoors or outdoors.

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Veneer Stone is a popular choice for fireplace stone wall cladding and their designs are all inspired by native Australian stone. Veneer Stone is an Australian company with veneers on display in Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Perth.

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You can browse her beautiful picture gallery of feature walls here for inspiration or get in touch for a quote.

2nd bathroom

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The bathroom is an excellent opportunity to bring in some raw materials to contrast with the pristine tiles and smooth surfaces of typical contemporary bathrooms.

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As bathrooms are often quite small compared to the rest of the home, this is also an opportunity for those on a tight budget to add a touch of elegance to their home without breaking the bank as stone tiles are perfect for bathroom use, because they can easily be sealed and made waterproof.

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It is also available in abundance. You can purchase the Gioi Greige Stack Matt porcelain tile featured above here for only $55 per square foot. Installing stone effect tile is much easier than veneer or real stone, and you’ll likely save money on a contractor as it can be a DIY project.

1. living room

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The living room is one of the most important rooms in the house and the room that your guests will most likely see the most. A stunning addition to any living room, a stone wall will help facilitate connection with your guests as it represents a desire to return to simpler times with less technology.

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Luxe Interiors is particularly well known for its ability to style stone wall paneling with elegant rustic colors and furniture. Browse her galleries here.

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Aussietecture is also a quality supplier of indoor and outdoor stone. You can purchase the natural sandstone siding pictured above here for $105 per square foot (currently on sale) or browse the Natural Stone Wall Gallery for other options.


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