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What is a Faux Stone Wall?

A faux stone wall is a decorative feature that mimics the look of natural stone but is crafted from more affordable, lightweight materials like polyurethane or high-density foam. It offers the aesthetic appeal of stone without the hefty price tag or installation challenges. Curious about how faux stone can transform your space? Discover the possibilities in our full exploration.
Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

A faux stone wall is a wall that is constructed to look like a traditional stone wall but is actually made with other materials. Concrete, for example, can be poured into casts that make the finished product look like stone, thereby promoting a visually appealing style while allowing the builder to build a strong wall through other means. Stone walls can be built strong, but they can also be unreliable and somewhat difficult to construct properly. Building a faux stone wall can help preserve the aesthetic of a traditional stone wall while making the construction process easier and the finished product strong and reliable.

Different types of walls can be constructed as a faux stone wall. Privacy fencing can even be made as a faux stone wall, making the finished fence appear like a stone structure even though the support of the structure may be concrete or even wood inside. Retaining walls can be made as faux stone walls; the load-bearing portion of the wall may be poured concrete, brick, stone, or even wood, and the faux stone panels can be placed on the broad face of the wall to improve the aesthetic.

Retaining walls can be made as faux stone walls.
Retaining walls can be made as faux stone walls.

Restaurants, office buildings, and other professional or business settings often use a faux stone wall look to improve the aesthetic of a room or rooms while still maintaining the structural integrity of the overall structure. Using faux stone panels in place of real stones or other materials can even help keep the cost of construction and decoration down, since faux stone panels are fairly inexpensive in relation to other types of veneers or decorative panels. Faux stone wall panels are becoming increasingly common on residential homes as well, improving the aesthetic as well as the water resistance of the structure.

Concrete can be poured into casts, making the finished product look like stone.
Concrete can be poured into casts, making the finished product look like stone.

Not all faux stone walls are precast as concrete. Walls can simply be painted to look like a stone wall — an optical illusion technique known as trompe l'oeil — or the faux stone look can be fashioned with other materials. Some homeowners choose to make the faux stone by hand, using foam insulation sheets, paint, and other materials used for hardening the final structure. The foam sheets are cut into shapes that look like stones, roughed up to mimic the feel and look of stone, and glued into place, then covered with cheesecloth and other materials to harden the finished product. This is a more time-intensive project, but it allows the homeowner to customize the look of the wall.

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Faux stone can actually be very pretty, although every time I hear “faux” I always automatically assume “cheap.” However, that’s not necessarily true. Faux stone, when done correctly, is actually pretty pricey.

However, there are techniques for those who want the stone look without the price tag – if the person is willing to do a little work.

When I was working in the theatre, we constructed very realistic stone castles for our production of Hamlet out of Styrofoam. Now, that is one example that is great for a set that goes up, and then shortly comes down; not necessarily for long term use.

However, there are painting techniques that can be long lasting, and if done well, also very convincing. This is also extremely cost effective.


@bagley79 - Working with faux stone really is more convenient than working with the real thing, and can often times even be cheaper.

Our neighbors have a fake stone wall made with faux stone. Even though this was not cheap, it was better than using real stones.

When I was looking for some large rocks to use in my landscaping, I couldn't believe how much some of these rocks cost.

If they are too big, you even need special equipment to haul them with and all of that can add up very quickly.

This stone wall really does like nice and if you didn't know any different, you would think it was the real thing.


We have a faux stone fireplace wall in our house. The fireplace is in our great room which has very tall ceilings. The big faux fireplace stones look very real and impressive.

This is one of the first things people comment on when they walk in my home because it is right there in plain view, and really adds a lot to the atmosphere of the room.

I have always liked the look of stone, and can see how working with faux stone would be much easier and not so heavy.

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    • Retaining walls can be made as faux stone walls.
      By: Elenathewise
      Retaining walls can be made as faux stone walls.
    • Concrete can be poured into casts, making the finished product look like stone.
      By: lunamarina
      Concrete can be poured into casts, making the finished product look like stone.