Ask the expert: stone cladding
A treatment that looks as ancient as it is modern, natural stone cladding instantly transforms a living space.
John Almon, owner of The Tile House in Paarden Island, Cape Town, says it can also add value to a home. Follow his suggestions:
Natural stone cladding (a stone cover or coating on a structure) gives the appearance of a solid stone wall, but is much cheaper. Colour trends include black, grey and white. Formal cladding with smaller riven pieces is a current look for interiors.
CHECK IF IT NEEDS SEALING
Cladding is resilient and low-maintenance, depending on the type of stone used. Some varieties may need sealing.
USE A QUALIFIED TILER
Stone cladding should always be applied by a qualified tiler. Ask your supplier for recommendations.
WHERE TO USE IT
Cladding works well as a feature wall in a room, an entrance hall or around a fireplace. In the kitchen it offers texture and softness to a smooth and sterile look. In bathrooms it is an option behind a free-standing bath. Externally, use cladding on patios, as an outside feature wall, or on a wall around a braai. It works well with water and swimming pool features.