How to Use Stone Feature Walls in Your Outdoor Space
Stone feature walls add interest, divide larger outdoor spaces, and add cohesion to your outdoor décor. Getting professional-quality results takes some careful planning. The same wall that looks perfect in one spot might look out of place in another. Some things to consider when planning your wall include:
1. Make It Fit
The idea is to create a stone accent that complements everything else in your yard or garden. A wall that’s too big will overpower the other features. One that’s too small won’t get the attention it needs. Consider the area where you want to put the wall. Determine the right thickness and length to make it fit in perfectly with the rest of your outdoor space.
2. Choose the Best Materials for Aesthetics and Durability
Part of the beauty of a stone wall is that it looks natural and fresh. There are many kinds of stone to choose from today, each with its own look. Some stones have clean, clear surfaces, while others are more diverse. Some stones vary in shade and pattern so that each one looks a little different from the rest. Think about how your material choice will look once it’s made into an extensive wall. Is that the effect you’re after?
Some people like the look of mixing stone with wood, shingles, and other materials. You don’t have to limit yourself to one material. If your home is made of wood, combine wood and stone in your wall. Create a bespoke look that’s just right for your home.
3. Match the Wall to Your Architecture
Choose a shade that matches the exterior of your home. This helps create a uniform look throughout the entire outdoor space. You can also go a step farther and bring the accent wall together physically with your home. The more the wall has in common with your home; the more it will look like an extension of the primary structure. The idea is to add a wall that looks deliberate and well-planned.
4. Create the Illusion of Depth
Textured materials catch and reflect light, creating interesting shadows along the length of the wall. Combine a variety of finishes or materials to give the wall an even greater depth.
5. Use the Landscape to Your Advantage
A touch of greenery here, a well-placed flower pot there create a variety of highlights randomly along the wall. Does your wall work as a retaining wall? Adding the right plants will add beauty and serve the purpose of keeping the soil in place.
There’s no limit to what you can accomplish with the right materials and a little creativity. Contact us today to learn more about the many materials available to build your perfect stone accent wall.