The beauty that a natural stone masonry wall can provide is something that remains timeless and, to some, unmatched. Whether they’re geared to creating more of a classic appearance or something with a modern twist, natural stone masonry walls can hold as much variety as there is creativity and vision.
With the goal to constantly expand upon ideas and develop innovative and eye-grabbing landscapes, consider some of the following pieces of inspiration:
The Classic & Clean-Cut Design
The term “classic” doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to the idea of simple or plain. A classically designed natural stone wall style may never go out of style, but it can still create a visually appealing, and even modernized look.
A simple and clean look may be the most desired and highly popular design of stone wall to accommodate a variety of homes, landscapes, and layouts. This is an excellent option to recommend to clients as it still allows for creative freedom while providing a result that appeals to a larger clientele.
A classic, simple design may drawn its decorative value from the type of stone used, the texture of the wall, or the features adorning the wall. Whatever the case, the classic design is understated, elegant, and does not overwhelm the landscape.
The Innovative, Unique, & Modern Design
Some clients prefer more of a unique and creative feel and that is most certainly a viable option, provided the existing or envisioned landscape theme can allow for a more creative stone wall design, whether that be a curved wall, a wall with irregular patterns of stone, or an uneven, stacked stone wall.
Any of these designs may add a tasteful and innovative design to a landscape layout that creates a modern feel. You may even want to include a wall with sophisticated lighting features that display its distinct design. This has the ability to create an ambient feel that is suitable for entertainment areas, as well as creating stunning curb appeal.
Adventurous homeowners may also be interested in adding flair to their wall design with additional features such as wall mounted sculpture, water features, decorative masonry inlays or mosaic.
The Functionality and Practicality Design
While style is one of the most important components in designing a natural stone masonry wall, it’s also important to consider the wall’s functionality and various capabilities. To create visual depth while promoting practicality in a back or front yard, a wall can include permanent seating. This also allows for convenience by eliminating the need for additional furniture and reducing clutter in the landscape. In addition, a wall may double as a place for serving food or drinks, or may connect to other practical features such as a fireplace or fire pit. Alternatively, the wall may function as a privacy screen, a shade structure, or a number of these things simultaneously.
Staying consistent with color and stone choice will add a component of uniformity and ultimately create a more organized look. A natural stone masonry wall can be beautiful but it’s beneficial to also keep in mind how it can function in the environment.