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30 Stone Cladding & Siding Panel Ideas for Your Home’s Exterior

May 10, 2018

The way the exterior of your home looks is arguably more important than the way it appears inside. Your home’s exterior style and appearance have a lot to do with its value, its curb appeal, and how quickly it’s able to sell when put it on the market.

For these reasons, many homeowners work hard to ensure that their exterior is stylish, kept up, and in keeping with the rest of their home’s architecture. And while there are many different materials on the market to help you do this, not all of them will give you the same beauty, texture, and longevity of natural stone.

Stone cladding and siding panels add richness and appeal to any area you install them on, including all areas of your home’s exterior and landscaping. Check out these 30 stone cladding and siding panel ideas to help gain some inspiration for your property.

1. Gates and Archways

First impressions are often the most important. For properties that have a gate or archway to enter through set forward from the main home, this entry point must make the impression before the visitor even arrives at your home. Make yours stand out with an Estate Stone cladding that will instantly set the tone for the rest of your exterior and landscaping.

2. Stone Accents

There are few materials more durable to clad the exterior of your home in than brick and natural stone. Brick is a popular material for its style and durability, but cladding your entire home in it can mean obscuring some of its architecture and detail. By using Estate Stone to accent the brick, it lightens and breaks up the pattern, allowing those details to shine through.

3. Pool Area

If you do a lot of entertaining around your pool area, you’ll want it to make an equally great impression on your guests. Things like built in seating, fire pits, and waterfall features all contribute to both style and functionality for the space. Cladding them all in matching honed stone unifies the area and complements the landscaping at the same time.

4. Exterior Accent Wall

Many people have already discovered the advantages to using an accent wall indoors to liven up their walls and their design. This home uses an exterior accent wall to contrast the panel siding and add some interest to the contemporary layout. The wall sits at a 90-degree angle to the rest of the siding, which calls attention to the entryway and the architecture at the same time.

5. Indoor/Outdoor Fireplace

For homes located in warm climates, it’s common to have lanai or patio areas that are partially indoors and partially outside. This property uses a fireplace in this section of the home for greater versatility both in design and in function. The honed stone cladding on the fireplace complements both areas of the home, with its natural color and sleek, clean edges.

6. Exterior Dining Area

If you have a dining area located outside of your home, set it apart from the rest of the space by creating an elegant accent wall to frame it. This space has a single wall clad in honed stone, which helps bring attention to the dining area, separating it from both the inside and the rest of the landscaping.

7. Waterfall Feature

Adding a waterfall feature to your pool adds both visual beauty and tranquil sound. This contemporary feature uses not only pipe fillers, which match the tone of the fence behind it, but also a honed stone cladding. The cladding mimics the panels of the modern fence behind the pool, creating a unified look, while still matching the natural surroundings of the yard.

8. Architectural Highlights

This large, transitional-style home features several interesting architectural details that might be lost if clad in a single material. Instead, each section is given the chance to shine, including the front columns which are clad in a honed stone that complements the dark gray brick used elsewhere.

9. Skirting Panels

It’s common in some types of architecture to feature a different material on the lower half of the home than what’s installed at the top. This highlights the different stories of the building and brings greater interest and diversity to the design. This property uses a honed granite panel on the skirt, bringing it right up the edge of the upper story for a stunning contrast in color and texture.

10. Contemporary Planks

Many people assume that natural stone is traditional or formal in presentation and design, but this isn’t always the case. This very contemporary home gets a facelift from the use of honed, contemporary stone planks. The planks can be installed in several patterns to get a variety of effects. Here, they’re stacked on top of one another, highlighting the linear architecture of the home.

11. Outdoor Fireplace

When using natural stone outdoors, sometimes a more rustic appearance can help tie in the feature to the landscaping and surrounding nature. In this case, a Shadowstone accent above the more contemporary surround helps tie this outdoor fireplace in with the natural space located just behind.

12. Clean, White Texture

Stucco is a popular material for many home exteriors, but its texture may be too subtle for some properties. This home gets a much-needed lift from a textured white stone cladding on the front. The clean white color of the stone brightens up the exterior, creating a more contemporary façade, while the stucco warms up the rest of the property, adding a subtle contrast.

13. Bold Contrast

To frame out this patio, one side of an adjoining shed was clad in a deep, Midnight Shadowstone. This dark color frames the patio and helps bring attention to it. What really makes the design pop, however, is the lighter stone surrounding the gas fireplace, adding both function and visual warmth.

14. Three-Dimensional Design

One of the best things about stone cladding is its ability to be installed on nearly any surface, both inside and out. In this case, the stone follows you right beneath the archway that leads to the front of the home, then appears again surrounding the door. This three-dimensional use of the stone has the effect of pulling you forward right into the design.

15. Texture Contrast

Sometimes a property can appear more or less contemporary or traditional depending on what it’s been clad in. This very modern home appears much more transitional and in keeping with its surroundings having been clad in a light, multi-color Shadowstone. The texture from the stone contrasts beautifully with the clean lines of the property, giving the entire design a lot of depth.

16. Front Accent

This home’s architecture would be lost if the entire property were clad in a single color or material. Instead, the lines of the home are brought into sharp detail by the use of a stone panel front. The dark color and texture of the stone contrast with the rest of the property, throwing the front section into relief and calling attention to the design.

17. Subtle Accents

Using stone as an accent doesn’t have to create contrast with whatever else you have installed there. This home uses both stone and wood to create a very subtle and detailed design. The Terracotta-colored stone picks up the warm tones from the wood, creating a cohesive design that adds interest without adding contrast.

18. Adding Depth

Very dark siding sometimes has the effect of making a home look flat or two  dimensional. By using a lighter, but still coordinating, stone skirt on the lower level of the home, it adds depth to the entire design. The deep accent colors within the stone perfectly match the darker siding, but the overall color of the stone is still light enough to add contrast and interest.

19. Rich Elegance

Natural stone cladding has a depth, richness, and elegance that is often lacking from other exterior materials. Used over the majority of this home, the stone also adds texture and detail that allows the other materials to highlight the architecture. Together, the different sections help ensure that the home’s design is perfectly in keeping with its size and layout.

20. Landscape Focal Point

If you entertain frequently, make sure that you have a natural focal point or gathering place as part of your landscaping. This oversized stone fireplace and oven creates a natural seating area and focus within the yard’s design. At the same time, the stone matches up well with the exterior and landscaping, so while it draws the eye, it isn’t because it’s out of place.

21. Seating Area Backdrop

When considering the exterior cladding of the home, don’t just give your consideration to the entrance. This seating area gets a warm backdrop from natural stone used as a cladding on the back wall of the home. The cladding extends inside the lanai as well, unifying the two areas and creating a more fluid living space.

22. Patio Wall

Walls can help to define spaces, provide privacy, and give some security for pets and children. In the patio area, they also need to coordinate with the rest of your landscaping and design. This bluestone wall perfectly matches the patio pavers, while also following the lines of the wall to better define the space.

23. Column Detail

The columns on either side of this porch would be completely lost to the rest of the design if they were clad in the same material as what surrounds them. Instead, they gain focus and interest by being clad in natural stone. The color of the stone also picks up the other cladding and wood accents, creating a unified design that still calls attention to the area.

24. Defining Accent Wall

In oversized properties that have multiple interior and exterior living spaces like this one, each area needs to be defined in order to help set it apart from the rest. This outdoor living room gets its definition from a stone accent wall that reaches up to the next story.

25. Subtle Skirt

Using a natural stone skirt on the bottom of a home or building does not have to mean extending up several feet. Sometimes, just a few feet of skirting at the bottom of a property is all that’s needed to break up the design and add some much-needed interest, detail, color, and texture.

26. Outdoor Living Room Accent

When creating an outdoor living room area, the space needs to have some separation from the inside in order to make it its own. For this reason, materials like natural stone can add the gravity and durability needed to set the space apart and still unify it with its surroundings – in this case, the pool area and landscaping beyond.

27. Pool Accent

This pool area features two very distinct sections that are still accessible to one another. To help define both spaces and still allow them to connect, an archway and columns are placed between them. The color and texture of the stone helps to brighten the space, adding contrast to the city scape and colors beyond.

28. Subtle Detail and Depth

Using natural stone does not have to mean adding a lot of color and attention-grabbing detail. Sometimes, a more subtle approach is warranted. This dark Shadowstone panel has texture and depth, but won’t overwhelm or call too much attention to any single area.

29. Architectural Detail

Natural stone can add depth and interest without adding texture, as well. For more contemporary properties, a honed panel like this one can add architectural detail and interest that complements the rest of the lines on the property without contrast.

30. An Alternative to Brick

Some properties need more contrast or texture than simple wood cladding can provide. But using brick doesn’t always give the desired result either, as brick is often seen on much fewer property types. This church solves these issues by using natural stone in an area typically reserved for brick, maintaining the contemporary look of the building.

Clad Your Home in Stone

Natural stone cladding and siding panels can offer a lot of versatility in design. Contemporary or formal, stone can help give your home the added detail and interest you’re looking for.