Veneer Varieties: Thin or Full Styles for Covering Walls
One way for homeowners to add a perfect design finish to an exterior or interior wall is to use natural stone veneers that provide a decorative coating, but it’s important to know about the differences between full veneers and thin veneers when pursuing this kind of project.
As the name suggests, a full stone veneer is thicker type of veneer that gives the look of natural stone without the financial strain involved in using stone slabs to cover walls. They are larger and heavier than thin veneers, and typically available either in a split-face pattern that looks like the exposed rough surface or stone, or in a honed finish where the surface has been smoothed out.
In contrast, a thin stone veneer will be lighter and smaller than the typical full stone veneer, and generally in a higher quality than full stone veneer. There are three main types of thin veneer available. First, is a castle stone veneer with rectangular blocks of various sizes and a natural stone face. Second, is grooved stone surface veneer, popular in many homes. And third,a field stone veneer, which uses panels of all shapes and sizes in a split-face finish.
Full stone veneers can work great on the outside of a home, perhaps for paneling the wall surrounding the entrance to a house. One way to do this is to use split-faced veneer using travertine, a type of limestone. Opting for panels in shades of white and gold will create a captivating yet subtle and warm entrance – but it can also be used for decorating interior walls.
For example, a kitchen can look great with the addition of honed marble rectangular tiles of varying sizes to cover a well. This projects the classic elegance of marble, and using a neutral color like white creates a welcoming look that pairs well with different color units.
Thin veneers are just as attractive for other projects, and one option is to use a castle stone veneer with sandstone in shades of gray, gold, and brown. This type of rustic pattern can look great surrounding a fireplace, creating a warm and homey look for a living room.
Or use stone veneers in the bathroom to tile the walls of a shower, with the tighter fittings of the thin panels providing a great option here rather than the larger full stone veneers. Make a shower really stand out by using black grooved marble veneer for the surrounding walls.
Then again, some homeowners want to use thin stone veneers outside – and thankfully, there are also options for this! Consider using a field stone finish with panels colored with gray, gold, brown and white for a dramatic pattern that will make any exterior wall unique.
These are just some of the many options available for using stone veneers inside and outside the house. Whether to use full stone or thin stone veneers will depend on several factors including the desired look, the preferred material, and the type of design project.