Ideas for Decorative Stone Walls

Add a wall to a decorative landscape by incorporating natural or constructed rock. Mix textures, create a slightly curved wall or add a touch of nature by using a technique called stacking dry, Illuminate the wall and its surrounding area for a late night display. Decorative rock walls may be small, quick projects or may be included in larger projects such as a fence that surrounds the property.

Mix textures

Build an outer wall to outline a patio, mark an entry to a courtyard or block a view, by mixing textures of rock. The rough stone (split face) is cut around on four sides, but is slightly flattened at the top and bottom to facilitate stacking. Mix it with a slab of sandstone, a rock found in colors from pink to white-gray to yellow. Create columns of sandstone slab within the rough stone wall. Match the colors of the two materials or put them in contrast. Add lighting to the top of the columns to mark entries or illuminate a walkway. Mix other combinations of stones such as river rock, granite rocks, basalt rock, slip stone or limestone.

Reconstituted stone

Reconstituted stone is made of crushed rock combined with authentic baked bricks and shaped to appear rough like a rock on both sides. It is used in commercial landscaping projects because of the price, convenience and speed of installation; they are excellent for outdoor decorative walls, along a flowerbed, street, or in a backyard landscape. Many products are designed with an alignment system in the finished product so that the stones can be easily aligned. They stack like bricks, but do not require mortar or cement. Mix colors and shapes for more decorative wall options or make the wall curved and angled to add more visual interest.

Make it bigger

Use a dry stacked style to create a low wall.  Dry stack references to the lack of cement or mortar needed to hold the rock together and this method may be used with a variety of sizes of rock. This technique creates a decorative rock wall that gives a look of a natural phenomenon rather than carefully placed look done by humans. Start with a large stone called a landscape rock, which is sold in stores. Select several shapes and sizes so the exterior wall does not seem to be planned. Measure the length of the area to cover and acquire a sufficient amount to fill the space for up to two or three layers. This type of rock wall are stacked and placed without worrying about holes in the rocks or regularity in the final design. This decorative rock wall idea requires the use of muscles. Hire help or gather a group of friends for the day to help you assemble the wall.