Use natural stone to create dramatic effects on interior or exterior surfaces.

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Stone veneer can be used to create visual interest in almost any room in the house. As a protective or decorative covering for walls and surfaces such as feature walls, kitchen backsplashes or fireplace surrounds, it is without equal.

Stone veneer, or thin stone as it is sometimes called, is typically cut to about a 1-inch thickness. This keeps its installed weight to less than 15 pounds per square foot, so no additional structural support is required. Lightweight and available in a remarkable assortment of colors, shapes and textures, stone veneer is an exciting option for both contemporary and traditional homes. The impact of natural stone is dramatic and a little goes a long way.

Stone veneer is the natural alternative to artificial products that mimic its natural beauty. It’s durable (it’s made from real stone, after all) and designed for easy installation. Here are some of the best places to incorporate it into your home’s overall design, and how to add natural stone to the best effect.

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As an exterior finish

Stone veneer used outside as a delineating accent, or to create a patio feature like an outdoor kitchen area, needs little maintenance to keep it looking its best for years. Applied using traditional masonry methods, K2 Stone veneer is easy to install and provides a timeless look that will withstand the elements. Exterior surfaces require durable materials. Unlike manufactured stone, K2 Stone is much less susceptible to efflorescence and fading over time. Stone exterior cladding suggests permanence and a sense of history that works well with heritage or midcentury modern-style houses.

Fireplace surround

A striking ledgestone or fieldstone fireplace surround not only looks organic and stunning, it has the added value of reflecting heat back into a room. Extend the stone veneer right up to the ceiling to draw the eye upward, or cover the entire wall and turn that fireplace into a statement focal point. It could also work to turn a simple fireplace into a dramatic feature wall in a den or basement family room.

Feature walls

Combine stacked stone or ledge stone veneers to cover a complete wall. Or, use stone as an accent in a foyer, entry hall, stairway or bedroom, anywhere you want to create drama using natural elements. A large expanse of stone will keep the eye busy so be sure that other elements in close proximity are serene and neutral.

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Kitchen and dining room

A little stone veneer can go a very long way in a country- or contemporary-style kitchen or dining room. In the kitchen, stone veneer or slate tile can be used to create an attractive and practical one-of-a-kind backsplash. Installed professionally with the correct mortar compound and sealant, stone veneer is virtually maintenance-free. It would also look great in a wine cellar or bar area to elegantly suggest an Old World cave or grotto environment.


Stone veneer is a surprisingly popular choice for use in the bathroom. Because it’s natural, it adds warmth and vibrant color when used on feature elements.

Natural stone is a great way to add sophisticated texture, with its light-refracting qualities and grain. Some designers love to bring the outdoors inside in any way they can – this creates a resonant continuity to other eras and values, and a connection to nature that has been all but lost.

Investing in stone veneer is a smart move wherever a statement in natural refinement is required. Designers and homeowners love it because it combines all the beauty of natural and elemental materials with modern engineering technology for ease of use. The best of both worlds.

 To learn more about K2 Stone masonry and landscape products, visit their new showroom in Tukwila or call 206-582-0122 to talk with a local representative.