Understanding Stone: Wall Cladding - the what, why and where

April 7, 2020

Stone wall cladding is like the icing on a cake – it adds that final touch that takes a design to the next level. Stone wall cladding is an affordable, stylish option for a range of residential and commercial projects, from feature walls and columns to fireplace surrounds to something completely unique.

What is stone wall cladding?
Stone wall cladding comes in a number of forms. Many of the modern products replicate traditional walls that historically were built by stonemasons using solid blocks of stone or the dry stacked method.

Many of the modern stone wall products have innovative features such as capping and right angled corner pieces. These pieces can give a solid look to the cladding and leave viewers the impression that blocks of stone were used rather than a thinner facade.

The exposed surface of stone cladding is often split on the face giving a natural, timeless and aged look to the cladding, while the stone pieces are sawn flat on the back for ease of application.

Claddings can range from a 15mm product thickness up to a larger format cladding at 35mm in thickness.


Image: Get Smart Landscaping & Freestyle Pools, Cotswold Wall Cladding


Image: Miss Moneypennys in Noosa, Nimbus Cream Wall Cladding

Sareen Stone’s large range of stone wall cladding now includes two brand new additions:

Hotham - random sized stone cladding ensuring a unique, one of a kind finish. With light to mid grey tones with warm highlights, the loose pieces are in a split finish. This wall cladding offers a classic or contemporary style and can be used for both interior and exterior applications.

Sorrento Limestone - a warm grey limestone cladding that displays a soft distressed finish. The subtle texture provides a relaxed, tranquil feel. Sorrento Limestone Wall Cladding comes in a contemporary format in 400mm x 200 mm sizing and is highly suitable for both interior and exterior applications in residential or commercial projects.


Image:  Hotham Wall Cladding & Sorrento Limestone Wall Cladding

Why use stone wall cladding?
Stone wall cladding can create charm, warmth and provide a bespoke design. Depending on the type of cladding you choose, you can achieve a contemporary feel or a more classic or traditional aesthetic. It is light weight in comparison to full natural stone tiles and is generally used as a decorative element over existing material to achieve a specific aesthetic.

Being a natural product, stone wall cladding is highly durable and sun resistant, making it suitable for exterior applications.

For interiors, consideration needs to be given to where the stone wall cladding will be installed. If it is a busy, high traffic thoroughfare, a smoother texture would be suitable, while a more rugged and textured cladding could be installed around those less busy areas. The lightly textured claddings are easy to keep clean and for this reason will also work well indoors.



Image: Green Coast Landscapes, Summit Wall Cladding & Zias Building Design, Cotswold Wall Cladding Fireplace

Where to use stone wall cladding?
Stone cladding, although rugged and coarse in texture, adds interest to many architectural styles and uses. These products are equally comfortable in an outdoor setting as they are as a feature inside your home. They work across styles such as contemporary through to traditional and will add value.

Stone wall cladding can be used in a variety of designs for a feature wall, garden or pool feature, exterior fence cladding, feature columns, fireplace surround, kitchen splash back, entryway or business office foyer. Depending on the style of wall cladding used, it can offer a relaxed resort style ambience, a rugged high country appeal or a cosy and warm feeling.


Image: Chateau Constructions & Green Coast Landscapes, Summit Wall Cladding


Image: Mon Komo Resort, Queensland, Nimbus Cream

For more information about Sareen Stone’s stone wall cladding contact one of our Natural Stone Specialists at [email protected] or phone 02 9666 9222

More inspiration

Many of our clients’ projects, where stone wall cladding is a focus, are featured on our blog including:

* Feature Walls & More: Green Coast Landscapes
* Murrays Beach by Zias Design
* Sub-tropical Oasis Emerges in Lilli Pilli
* Hamptons Style Luxe
* A Celebration of Collaboration
* Marble wall cladding: One of a kind



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