Elevate Your Home with Stone Veneer: 5 Perfect Places for Accent Walls

Pangaea Fieldstone
Pangaea accent wall

Elevate Your Home with Stone Veneer: 5 Perfect Places for Accent Walls

In the world of home construction and DIY, creating an accent wall isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about making a bold statement. These accent walls, also known as feature walls, are where craftsmanship meets character, and they’re more than just a visual interest; they’re a game-changer for your project.

While paint and wallpaper have their place, they can’t match the enduring value and impact of stone veneers and architectural tile. Accent walls not only elevate the aesthetics but also add substantial value to a property, and it’s simple to maintain, ensuring your home interiors remain a source of awe for decades.

Choosing the right spot for an accent wall might seem challenging, but often, the room itself provides strong cues. Here, we delve into five strategic settings perfect for your stone veneer accent wall.

Artepiso Orchid
Artepiso Orchid

1. First Impressions Matter

Remember, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Stone veneer on a wall greets your guests and sets the tone for your entire space. It’s the introduction that demands attention and admiration.

The placement of the Artepiso Orchid wall tiles in the space above acts as a focal point for anyone who may walk through the front door. These playful tiles, like any framed art, are sure to get the conversation started and create a welcoming atmosphere as soon as guests enter the house.

Light and easy to install, Artepiso 3D architectural tile adheres to most surfaces with a simple and inexpensive installation. They can also be painted for an attention grabbing splash of color.

Beon StoneĀ® Carbo Classic
Beon StoneĀ® Carbo Classic
Pangaea Fieldstone Cambrian
PangaeaĀ® Fieldstone Cambrian

2. Accentuate the Architecture

Craftsmen know that great rooms deserve great features. Stone veneer can turn ordinary walls into stunning showcases. Fireplaces, floating room dividers, and walls with architectural details become canvases for your creativity.

A masterful example of this approach can be achieved with Be.on StoneĀ® Carbo Classic veneer panels. Rather than installing shelves in the cutout section of the kitchen shown above, a stone matching the style around the adjoining room was applied, with artwork placed over it. From this vantage point, it gives the appearance of a window that offers a peak at the stone wall continuing behind it.

Ready to accentuate your home walls with another quick renovation, then look no further than your dated fireplace. Building materials like thin stone veneer and PangaeaĀ® Fieldstone Cambria, seen above, transform any drab fireplace wall or surround into the familyā€™s roomā€™s best feature. 
See more fireplace inspiration in our blog, 5 Interior Projects To Tackle This Winter with Stone Veneer.

PangaeaĀ® New England Quarry Ledgestone
Artepiso Andes
Artepiso Andes

3. Chase the Light

Sometimes, all you need to find the perfect spot for your accent wall is to follow the light. Let the natural light be your guide, drawing visitors’ eyes to your masterpiece. However, be cautious with walls that get intense backlighting or the window views will overshadow the veneer.

When crafting the room with those captivating waterfront views in mind, practicality was key. The choice of PangaeaĀ® New England Quarry Ledgestone veneer wasn’t just about aesthetics; it was a smart decision. It blends seamlessly with the elegant wood paneling on the ceiling, all while ensuring the natural light from those massive windows takes center stage.

For those of you who like to get creative with lighting, consider adding some excitement with Artepiso 3D architectural tiles, seen here in hexagonal Andes shapes. These tiles boast intricate grooves and peaks, creating a mesmerizing interplay of light and shadow. And if you want to kick it up a notch, apply a coat of vibrant, glossy paint to make them shine even brighter.

Cultured Stone Echo Ridge Country Ledgestone
Cultured StoneĀ® Echo Ridge Country Ledgestone

4. Read the Room

Look at the room’s layout; it often reveals the ideal accent wall location. Is there a wall where all the furniture converges? Maybe one housing a fireplace or TV? That’s your focal point, and that’s where stone veneer shines.

Take a look at the arrangement of the above living room, featuring Cultured Stoneā€™sĀ® Echo Ridge Country Ledgestone veneer. Would a feature have made better sense anywhere else? Note how the veneer calls out to the stone visible through the window on the homeā€™s exterior.

Winesburg Plank
Dutch Quality Winesburg Plank 4&6 

5. Beside Views

In the bedroom, the most impactful accent wall is typically the one behind the bed. It highlights the bed as the most important feature of the room (which it is), and with the right material choice, can look like an extension of the headboard itself. And when youā€™re laying in bed, the view of an accent wall straight ahead may not have the calming effect you need.

Take a look at the red and brown hues of the Cultured StoneĀ® Winesburg Weathered Plank 4&6 veneer. This manufactured stone was molded to precisely replicate the grain and character of reclaimed barn wood; its artistry and craftsmanship are molded to replicate the warmth of reclaimed barn wood.

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Investing in Excellence: How the Certified Installer Program is Raising the Bar in the Masonry Industry

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mortar layout

Investing in Excellence: How the Certified Installer Program is Raising the Bar in the Masonry Industry

For a homeowner getting started on a masonry project, finding a top-quality local contractor can feel like a virtual maze. Unless you have a family connection or a trusted source shares a positive testimonial, youā€™ll likely delve into the hit-or-miss world of crowdsourced websites. When sifting through the well of comments on Google, social media and home improvement sites, it can be hard to know what to believe. Was that five-star rating and glowing review submitted by the ownerā€™s wife? Was there more to the story than the rant about a crew that wasnā€™t up to the job?

A new program initiated by the Concrete Masonry and Hardscapes Association (CMHA) is taking the guesswork out of the process by providing hard-earned endorsements from those who know the field best. Launched in January 2023, the Certified Installer Program grants certificates to those who undergo two days of testing and observation to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

Cultured Stone Echo Ridge photo
Cultured Stone Echo Ridge Country Ledgestone

Nearly four years in the making, the program was developed by a consortium of manufactured stone producers, installers, vendors and respected industry experts. 

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“The Program offers professionals an opportunity to separate themselves from the pack of less skilled and experienced competitors in their market”

Jeff Tew, Westlakeā€™s Director of Technical and Training

ā€œAs long as Iā€™ve been doing this, Iā€™ve had architects, homeowners and builders ask, ā€˜How do I know if Iā€™ve got a good installer,ā€™ or, ā€˜Do you have a list of certified installers?ā€™ We couldnā€™t do that on our own as a company, but as an industry we could take that up and deliver a robust certification program,ā€ Tew said. ā€œItā€™s a great way to now point those folks in the direction of the best-quality contractors.ā€

Once certified, installers are listed on the CMHA and Westlake Royal Stone Solutions websites (click here to scan the current roster). Tew said interest from customers has been high already.

ā€œThe people who are joining are interested in seeing the industry become better, stronger and more code-compliant,ā€ Tew said. ā€œThe early adopters joining the program now are the ones who will see the most and fastest results. Beginning next year, a lot more information from the CMHA will be pushed out to architects and builders encouraging them to use those certified contractors.ā€

brush application to veneer

Making the Grade

Those who seek certification will go through a course administered either by the CMHA or regional partners (including Westlake) that have undergone ā€œtrain the trainerā€ programs.

Day one is primarily conducted in the classroom. Participants complete a series of modules covering each step from installation to completion, including code requirements, materials, and terminology definitions. Trainers provide instruction on key topics like how to assess a wallā€™s suitability for installations; the proper use of grouting and mortar, and when materials should be discarded; and working in varying temperatures. Participants must pass a 50-question multiple choice test at the end of the day.

Day two is more hands-on and challenges installers to demonstrate their ability under close observation. Participants must install manufactured stone veneer on a 10-square-foot wall, demonstrating proper techniques and following any special instructions in the productā€™s guide. They are also shown a completed wall that has 12 mistakes and asked to identify them.

The certification lasts three years. To renew it the first time, participants can retake the 50-question written test online to extend their certification by three years. For second renewals, the applicants must retake the full course in person. (The course designers determined that after six years, enough conditions in the industry will have changed to warrant a reexamination.)

Cultured Stone White Oak ledgstone
Cultured Stone White Oak Country Ledgestone

An Investment in the Future

Westlake produces several manufactured stone veneer brands, including Cultured Stone, which is carried by Instone. Cultured Stoneā€™s leadership team was integral in developing the certification program and Westlake has dedicated significant resources into making it successful, Tew said.

The company views its contributions as an important investment in an industry that is still growing up, he said. Actions like the creation of the Certified Installer Program and the establishment of the ASTM 1670 standard for manufactured stone veneer products are helping build credibility and will improve the industryā€™s reputation going forward.

ā€œItā€™s another important step, and the CMHA taking leadership and developing this program is one way we can show that we care about the contractors out there,ā€ Tew said. ā€œWeā€™re not just trying to sell them stone. Weā€™re also trying to help them succeed with their businesses.ā€

To view a schedule of upcoming certification session dates and locations in your region, click here.

For additional questions about the program or manufactured stone veneer, contact Instone today.

5 Interior Home Projects To Tackle This Winter with Stone Veneer

Panagaea indoor fireplace
Panagaea indoor fireplace

5 Interior Home Projects To Tackle This Winter with Stone Veneer

Stone can set the tone for your interior home makeovers. Whether you need a mancave makeover to host late-night card games, an elegant dining room redo to impress guests, or an elevated entertaining space to lift spirits during holiday gatherings, stone veneer is your MVP. Adding a touch of stone to your home bar, fireplace, or feature wall can take your home entertaining spaces to the next level.

Ready for some heavy-duty inspiration? Scroll down and let’s start planning out your ultimate sanctuary with these 5 home improvement projects with stone veneer.

PangaeaĀ® Fieldstone Cambrian
PangaeaĀ® Fieldstone Cambrian
PangaeaĀ® Fieldstone Cambrian
PangaeaĀ® Fieldstone Cambrian
PangaeaĀ®Fieldstone Westcoast
PangaeaĀ® Fieldstone Westcoast
PangaeaĀ® Fieldstone Westcoast
PangaeaĀ® Fieldstone Westcoast

1. Fireplace Makeovers Add The Drama 

Ramp up your fireplace game. Interior stone veneer doesn’t just add charm; it transforms a space. Imagine a floor-to-ceiling stack of stone veneer, framing a fireplace and capturing the feel of a time-honored estate.

The examples above feature PangaeaĀ® Natural Stone products, offering a contrast in fireplace design styles thanks to a variety of available colors and patterns. For a bold look that makes the fireplace the star of the room, the last two images above feature PangaeaĀ®ā€™s Fieldstone Westcoast veneer. For a softer look, muted grays deliver a sophisticated, but understated impact, with PangaeaĀ® Fieldstone Cambrian. No matter your homeā€™s style, Pangaea has a look for you.  

Dutch Quality Winter Point
Dutch Quality Winter Point Drystack

2. Basement Renovations Rule On Game Day

When a home begins to feel crowded, the basement becomes the go-to space for entertaining. But hard choices await: which boxes to junk, what old gear to retire, and most crucially, which stone finish to choose.

Take this Illinois mancave makeover, where the homeowner transformed a standard basement into the ultimate entertainment hub for watching the games. The striking Dutch Quality Winter Point Dry Stack veneer sets the scene, perfectly framing the tv screen and inviting indoor fireplace. And that support beam, it integrates into the room design nicely thanks to the faux stone veneer, which mimics a natural stone pillar.

Cultured StoneĀ® Arcadia Pro-FitĀ® Terrainā„¢ Ledgestone. Interior Stone Veneer Accent Wall.
Cultured StoneĀ® Arcadia Pro-FitĀ® Terrainā„¢ Ledgestone

3. Game Rooms That Bring Big Fun 

With a ping pong table, dartboard, and a flat-screen mounted over Cultured StoneĀ®ā€™s Arcadia Pro-Fit Terrain Ledgestone, we give this home points for having the coolest game room in town. The Pro-Fit Terrain stone veneer has staggered depths and alternating rough/smooth finishes to add depth and balance and to show this isn’t just a game room; it’s where legends are made. 

4. A Historic Case for Stone in Wine Cellar

Archaeologists have found caves in Europe and Asia used by winemakers over 5,000 years ago. The ancient vintners knew that dark, subterranean confines were ideal for avoiding temperature swings that could ruin the fermentation process. The practice endured and gave rise to the temperature-controlled cellars that are still used to make and store wine today.

Instone honors this legacy with interior stone veneer that shout Old World gravitas. The above Beon StoneĀ® Element Collection Carbo (left) panels and Cultured StoneĀ® Palermo de Mare (right) veneer could be the right detail to add some traditional appeal.

Artepiso Cedar Wine on the bar
Artepiso Cedar Wine on the bar
PangaeaĀ® Sierra Ridge Roman Castlestone
PangaeaĀ® Sierra Ridge Roman Castlestone
Dutch Quality Sienna Drystack
Dutch Quality Sienna Drystack
Dutch Quality Sagewood Ledgestone
Dutch Quality Sagewood Ledgestone

5. Home Bars That Have It All 

What kind of vibe do you want for your personal bar? If you’re thinking bold and daring ā€”  and maybe even a little funky ā€” take a peek at the incomparable shapes and textures of Artepiso 3D architectural tiles, like the Artepisoā€™s Cedar pattern tiles shown on this wine bar. The light and ultra-customizable concrete tiles can be painted any color and adhere to most surfaces with a simple and inexpensive installation. 

Looking for a less modern material choice? Instone offers many material options for bars and wine cellars. The photos above showcase the multiple looks of stone veneer to create the perfect ambiance for entertaining. 

Stone Veneer At The Ready for Your Indoor Renovation Projects

Got a renovation on your mind? From igniting the spark of an idea to laying down the groundwork, weā€™re here to help you with fresh ideas, material options, or cost estimates for your entertaining space makeover. 

Instone carries six natural and manufactured stone veneer brands that offer hundreds of options for colors, shapes, sizes, and styles. Whatever your style – rustic, modern, or unique – we’ve got the goods. Hunting for something custom-made? Instoneā€™s Fabrication and Design Services professionals are on standby, ready to assist.

Whether youā€™re a mason, contractor,  or DIY weekend warrior, let us connect you with an Instone products dealer in your area. Contact us today!

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Upgrade Your Stone Veneer Siding Game: Get Quick & Stunning Results

Be.on stone photo
Be.on stone photo

Upgrade Your Stone Veneer Siding Game: Get Quick & Stunning Results

Fast-track Your Masonry Projects with Instoneā€™s Solutions

Whether youā€™re a contractor or a weekend warrior do-it-yourselfer, you feel the need ā€¦ The need for speed.

Installing a veneer one stone at a time is meticulous work that takes time. Time that could be spent on a family outing, crossing tasks off the to-do list, or doing the things you love. Or in the case of a masonry professional, time that holds you back from moving on to the next job.

Instone offers two high quality solutions that are easy to install and help you cruise through stone veneer siding installations. Interloc Natural Stone Panels and Be.onĀ® Stone are three to eight times faster to install. And they work well on interior and exterior applications.

Both stone siding brands have their own unique features but share a common approach in producing panels made of multiple stones. The professionally designed panels can cover plenty of ground in a hurry. The veneer panels fit together seamlessly and are designed for stress-free installation, making projects simple enough for any moderately handy do-it-yourselfer to take on.

Using Interloc or Be.on Stone, a wall that looks like itā€™s clad with thousands stones will only actually require a few dozen stone veneer panels. Chris Camosse, general manager for Massachusetts-based Camosse Masonry Supply, said these creative products have been hot sellers and given his company an edge.

ā€œWith the proprietary products that Instone finds, it allows us to have something that our competitors in the area donā€™t have ā€“ for example, the Interloc interlocking panel systems,ā€ Camosse said. ā€œThese have become a huge success not only with homeowners but with contractors. Everyone sees the value of the product and the time it saves.ā€

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Interloc Natural Stone Veneer Panels – Real Stone 8x Faster

A Loc on Quality

Interloc panels feature thin natural stone pieces that are set into mortar and shaped to fit tightly together, hiding joints and giving the appearance of a stacked stone masonry wall. With Interloc, the hard work of selecting and arranging individual stones is already handled at the factory. Adding to the ease of installation, Interloc stone veneer panels have rough grooves on their backs that aid bonding.

Camosse first began carrying Interloc products about three years ago. Since then, he has held short how-to courses for contractors to introduce the product. During the courses, he demonstrates the panels’ consistency, time savings, and helps them become familiar with the product.

“The product we got on day one was the same quality as the product we got a year in, so that proved a lot to us as well.”

Chris Camosse, general manager for Massachusetts-based Camosse Masonry Supply

Interloc is available in two styles: New England, which features a blend of grey and warm, earthy colored stones, and Berkshire, a more consistent grey stone with sandy highlights. Use our online savings calculator to compare costs of Interloc vs. standard stone veneer siding.

Interloc Natural Stone Veneer Panels In Two Colors - Berkshire and New England
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Be.On Stone Veneer Panels – Mechanically Fastened

Above and Be.on for Simplicity

Instone President and CEO Kevin Grotke recently took on a DIY project of his own, adding wainscoting around the outside of a cottage he bought for family getaways. After giving some thought to his options, he determined Be.on Stone mortarless stone veneer siding was the ideal choice.

“We’re only here on the weekends so I’ve only got a day and a half to get this done, which is why I decided to go with this rather than a mortar and a lath application.”

Kevin Grotke, Instone president and CEO

Be.on Stone, also known as ā€œscrew-on stone veneerā€ or ā€œstone veneer siding,ā€ requires no mortar. It requires few tools ā€“ if you have a screw gun, a tile saw, a level and a tape measure, youā€™re off to the races.

As Grotke demonstrates in this video, the key is applying a starter strip along the base of the wall at the beginning of the job and making sure itā€™s level.

Once youā€™ve screwed in the initial row of veneer panels, you can run the rest of your panels above them quickly and perfectly level. Whether you have a standard OSB or plywood wall, you only need two or three fasteners per panel and donā€™t need to hit a stud.

Best of all, you wonā€™t need a confusing assortment of panels to form your corners. As explained in our InBuilding Design series, the same pieces are used for inside and outside corners.

ā€œYou donā€™t need to order inside corners, you donā€™t need outside corners. One panel does it all,ā€ Hortigan said. ā€œAll you have to do is figure out what your square footage is.ā€

Plus, with Be.on Stoneā€™s patented D.Rain water management system, any rain that makes it behind the stone veneer drains automatically to the bottom of the wall, preventing mold and other damage to the structure. The product also has a 50-year warranty.

Be.on stone veneer siding drain system

Be.on Stone comes in four styles, ranging from the Element collection, with its old European flavor, to the more contemporary Horizon. Each has its own variety of color options. Try our Virtual Designer for an instant glimpse at what a Be.on Stone veneer would look like on your home.

Be.on color skews

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Contact Instone today to learn more about why Interloc and Be.on Stone products are the fast, easy solutions for your next stone veneer job or DIY home exterior and siding project.

Introducing Game-Changing Stone Veneer Enhancements

Introducing Game-Changing Stone Veneer Enhancements

Tradition Meets Innovation:
Undeniable Impacts & Benefits for Instone Customers

A trio of innovations pioneered by Instone stone veneer producers are bringing a new level of convenience, durability, and sustainability to the industry. With reimagined packaging solutions, a patented water management system, and a modular wall system, these Instone products are creating exceptional experiences for masonry professionals and their clients.  

Be.on, Interloc and Pangaea value propositions

Scroll below for a tour of these remarkable features and their benefits.

Stone Siding Gutters Stop Water Damage

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Vince Frassinone and Seal Tight Exteriors used Be.on Stone for this home facade in Illinois.

Be.on D.Rain

With Be.on Stone exterior veneers, any water that sneaks through the joints goes down the D.Rain. The patented and inventive D.Rain system collects and channels rainwater down through a gutter-like system affixed to the back of each stone panel, releasing it into the ground at the bottom of the building. The system was specially designed to protect building exteriors from damage that can be suffered over time from continued moisture exposure.

D.Rain system graphic
See D.Rain in Action.

Vince Frassinone, president and owner of Seal Tight Exteriors, based in Steger, Illinois, recently tried Be.on Stone for two home builds. It was recommended to him by a local supplier who praised it for both its innovation and simplicity.

ā€œA lot of other stone products absorb water, and when they do, it gets behind them and starts rotting the structure,ā€ Frassinone said. ā€œWith Be.on Stone, everything is being captured with a rain-screening system, so if something does get behind it, it gets out fast and dries up.ā€

Be.on stone installation photo

Streamlined Installation

Be.on Stone, a mechanically fastened veneer panel, also known as ā€œscrew-on stone veneerā€ or ā€œstone veneer siding,ā€ is also known for its ease of installation. The installation process is estimated to move as much as four times faster than a conventional veneer project thanks to Be.on Stoneā€™s mortarless stone panels, which can be screwed directly into the studs or substrate. All an installer basically needs is a screw gun, a saw, a grinder, and a level.

Be.on Exterior shot
Contractor: Vince Frassinone of Seal Tight Roofing & Exteriors of IN, Inc FB: @sealtightroofinginc

Frassinone said there was a brief learning curve when his team started its first installation project, but once they got the hang of it, the rest of the project and his second one went quick and easy. Over a year after both installs, he said both homes look brand new and the Be.on Stone has done its job to perfection.

Be.on Stone comes in a variety of colors, distinctive styles, and finishes that can transform a home or buildingā€™s exterior to create curb appeal. Customers can use the Be.on Stone Visualizer to create an instant virtual rendering of what their home would look like with its various colors and patterns.

Check out our Inbuilding Design Video Featuring Be.On stone below!

Eliminate Slippage During Stone Veneer Installation

Pangaea GripsetĀ®

Through its patented Gripset technology, Pangaea pre-scores grooves onto the back of each stone during manufacturing. When applying the stone, the grooves allow stones to quickly and effectively grip onto mortar, expediting the installation process and ensuring the work will hold up well for many years. 

Prefit Leads to Less Waste

Pangaeaā€™s thin stone veneer is pre-cut, tooled, trimmed, and fitted, providing a mason with simpler installation and increased quality control. Each pallet layer is pre-blended for optimal color variance and size ratio, saving time and money before installation.

In addition, the companyā€™s packing crates are specially designed to thwart the spread of invasive pest species. The pine used is inspected to ensure that its moisture levels are too low to harbor insects and each crate is International Plant Convention (IPC) certified and stamped.

Kevin and Rob Pangaea box photo
Pangaea fireplace design in living room

Check out our Inbuilding Design video featuring Pangaea Natural Stone below!

Install Natural Stone 8x Faster With Predesigned Interloc Panels

Interloc natural stone veneer panel
Interloc New England Panels

As the name implies, Interloc natural stone veneer panels are engineered to interlock seamlessly. Each panel contains several pieces of stone, allowing installers to cover a surface up to eight times faster than it would take for a typical stone-by-stone job.   

The corner pieces of the Interloc Panel System provide a smooth transition between wall sections. These shapes of the corner pieces match the profile of the Interloc panels, and are available in a variety of sizes to accommodate different wall heights and thicknesses.

Interloc installation along facade of home

Made from the same high-quality concrete as the Interloc panels themselves, the corner pieces ensure that they provide the same strength and durability as the rest of the wall. They interlock with the adjacent panels, providing a tight and secure fit that prevents shifting or movement over time.

Interloc Natural Stone Veneer Corner Panels from Instone
Interloc New England Corner Panels

Learn More: Find out what these innovations can contribute to your home and commercial property projects. Contact Instone today at customerservice@instoneco.com or (708) 371-0660 to consult one of our experts on Be.on Stone, Pangaea Natural Stone and Interloc Natural Stone Panels products.

Guide to the Home’s Hottest Natural Stone Colors for 2023

Guide to the Home’s Hottest Natural Stone Colors for 2023

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The start of a new year is the ideal time to gather inspiration for those exciting outdoor living spaces and home exterior upgrades. In recent years, homeowners have claimed more outdoor space than ever before, transforming neglected square footage into thriving year-round outdoor spaces for entertaining and dining. Many homeowners also boosted their curb appeal and property value with easy exterior stone siding. But let us not forget those interior updates as well, where stone fireplaces and feature walls can make all the difference in your home’s wow factor. Make a resolution to update your home, inside and out, in 2023 with Instone’s hottest stone colors and styles on the market.

So what’s trending in stone colors and style? To find out, we spoke with Justin Alicandro, Instone’s VP of natural stone products, who shared the most popular stones from the Midwest to the East Coast.

Blues and Grays Dominate

Beautiful blue and gray tones and tints have been extremely popular along the East Coast for years. The demand has almost outpaced the availability, which is why Alicandro brought Aura’s Blue Mist Granite to Instone. It quickly became a best-selling product. The timeless elegance of the bluestone wash mixed with the grainy grays of granite makes this stone pleasing to the eye. The blue tones pair nicely with homes with a cooler color palette. Alicandro says the blue and gray colors will continue to dominate along the East Coast for years to come.

Looking to go with blues and grays for your home’s exterior siding or outdoor renovation project? Here are some complementary stone veneer colors, styles and brands available through Instone:

Make Way for the Buffs

Look out blues, there’s a new color in town! Alicandro says buff tones are gaining traction as a popular look for landscaping, with Aura’s Phoenician Buff leading the charge. 

This stone features pale speckles and veins of gray and pink mixed with beige-buff coloring to create beautiful texture and movement with a gentle warmth.

Another buff stone is Aura’s Oxford Buff Sandstone, which Alicandro says is relatively new, but quickly gaining popularity. “It’s really catching the eye of homeowners,” he says. The taupe beige sandstone is speckled with darker tones of black and brown for a classic neutral that will go with warm color palettes.

When planning your project in buff tones, here are some complementary colors, styles and brands available at Instone:

Lighter Colors Are In

Lighten up! At least in your backyard space. That’s what Alicandro says is trending at the moment. “I see the lighter colors coming on strong. We have some travertines that are ideal for these palettes.”

Silver Travertine has become in high-demand for pool stone, says Alicandro. “It’s popular because it’s light, and doesn’t get as hot in the summer, so people won’t burn their feet on it.”

As for granites in lighter colors, Alicandro recommends Silver Ridge Granite. “This is really a nice, light granite with a lot of character and movement throughout. It’s very unique,” he says, adding that the product is exclusive to Instone and recommends placing orders this winter for those spring and summer patio and pool projects.

Alicandro says Gray Granite is in the same color range as Silver Ridge but without the movement. “This is a more formal-looking, light-colored granite.” Here are some complementary pairings for a light- color project palette:

Home Improvement Projects

Just fell in love with a stone color and style but not sure how to begin planning your new project? Check out our blog on creating a backyard oasis with natural stone for a little help. Some projects to consider:

  • Curb appeal – siding, entryways, driveways, walkways, steps, pavers, curbing, walls
  • Interior – fireplace surrounds, feature walls, bars, kitchen islands
  • Backyard entertainment – patios, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, pizza ovens
  • Water elements ā€“ pools, hot tubs, fountains

This winter, spend some time indoors planning your next home project thanks to a little inspiration from Justin and our wide variety of the hottest stone colors and styles of 2023.

Fill out the form below for access to our 2023 Color Guide!

We want to know your favorite stone color combination! Vote for one of the combos above in the comments below.

Why Stone Veneer is a Natural Fit for Siding and Interior Projects in the Winter

Why Stone Veneer is a Natural Fit for Siding and Interior Projects in the Winter

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Be.OnĀ® Stone Rialto Canyon

Be.OnĀ® Stone is the Product of Choice for Exterior Stone Siding Projects in the Winter

When the cold weather hits, many building and home improvement projects come to a halt. But not stone veneer projects using Be.On Stone. This manufactured stone veneer product is applied as a mechanically fastened screw-on panel that doesn’t require mortar (which is temperature sensitive). Installation involves a starter strip, and the panels are set in place.

“The nice thing about Be.On Stone is you don’t need a mason to install it,” says Chris Miller, Instone’s territory sales manager. “If you’re a little bit handy, you can do it yourself. There’s not much to it. And it looks great.”

If you’re worried about moisture getting behind your stone veneers and creating mold issues, you can forget about it with Be.On Stone. The panels come with a D.Rain moisture management system, a track gutter system behind the stone. Any water, humidity, rain or snow that gets behind the stone will just drain right out the bottom. 

“You’ll never have moisture damage to any of your sheathing or house wrap, which is awesome!” exclaims Miller. “And it will save you money because typically, with a mortar application of natural stone, you need three or four different types of water barriers on the house, which can get expensive. With Be.On Stone, you only need one.”

Because of its mortar-less application, Be.On Stone can be applied anywhere, even in freezing temperatures. “We’ve had guys out there in negative 15 degrees installing it,” says Miller. “I don’t recommend that, but it can be done!” The screw-on application and z-shaped edges that allow it to be put together seamlessly and form inside and outside corners without separate corner pieces also make for a quicker install than a mortar install. “We’ve had crews install around 200ā€“400 square feet in a day. With a mortar product, you’re looking at only 20ā€“50 square feet a day,” says Miller.

For more information on Be.OnĀ® Stone, explore our product page. Interested in stock? Check out our portal page.

Also be sure to check out our Be.OnĀ® Stone Inbuilding Design Episode Below!

Interloc is One of the Fastest Installs of Natural Stone Siding

Another product option for installing stone siding in the winter months is Interloc. Unlike other stone siding veneers that are loose pieces that need to be applied one at a time, Interloc is made out of pre-cut panels that fit together and can be installed very quickly, saving time and money.  

It begins with a starter strip on the top or bottom of the install area. Once that is in place, it creates a straight line on which to lay the rest of the panels and corner pieces, which lock together with hidden joints to create a straight, seamless look.

 “It can be assembled and installed very quickly,” says Miller, “It’s designed

 to get teams off the jobs faster, which saves the homeowner money on labor costs.”

Interloc New England 

Interloc is applied with mortar, so be aware that the outside temperature needs to be above 40 degrees to avoid bonding issues. Interloc can be applied in winter in areas with temperatures that fluctuate between freezing and above. Plan the installation for when at least a week of above-40 temperatures is forecast. Some installers will also build a tent around the install area to maintain the right temperature. We recommend hiring a professional to install Interloc.

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Want To Learn More About Interloc Products? Check Out Instone’s Jake Alicandro Break Down the Installation Process Below

Be.OnĀ® Stone and Interloc for Wintertime Stone Veneer Interior Projects 

Have you imagined how you can add a little extra something to your home interior dĆ©cor? Use all that time indoors during winter to fix up your home and add some character with stone veneer. Both Be.On StoneĀ® and Interloc can be used indoors for a variety of home improvement projects, such as:

  • An accent/feature wall
  • A Zoom background wall
  • Wainscoting
  • Kitchen backsplash
  • Fireplace surrounds

As mentioned previously, Be.On Stone’s easy install can be done by a handy DIYer. We recommend hiring a professional when installing Interloc, since it requires a mortar application.

So don’t give up on your home during the winter. Use the time to improve your curb appeal and resale value by adding the charm and beauty of stone veneer siding.