Mother Nature has been producing granite and river rock for millions of years, of course. And mankind has been experimenting with stone veneers since the Romans built the Coliseum. If you're not an emperor, though, adding such geologic wonders to your home's decor has always been a challenge. It once cost a small fortune to truck a few tons of rock to your front door. Installing it was labor-intensive. And, well, the DIY-friendly faux stone just didn't measure up to the real thing.
That's all changing, however. Natural stone can now be carved into thin slices that are light enough to transport almost anywhere. And cast, or faux, stone has received a major infusion of authenticity. Today, it's made from a concrete mixture that features a dozen or more pigments seamlessly blended together in molds produced from the contours of real stones. And by vibrating those molds during the manufacturing process, the final product is infused with color that runs throughout.
As a result, stone veneers are rapidly making their way into virtually every room in the house, in a sweeping range of styles. You'll find them popping up outdoors, too. From backyard kitchens to bathroom walls, rustic fireplaces to stylish dining rooms, lightweight veneers are remarkably versatile. Just take a look. You're bound to find something that suits your taste.
Shown: Given the myriad colors, shapes, and sizes of the fieldstone on this home, even someone with a well-trained eye would be surprised to learn that the facade is clad in cast stone. Custom-color fieldstone; find a local dealer on for pricing.