Design Dos and Do Nots

June 27, 2017

Fusion Stone is one of the simplest, least expensive, and most impactful ways to transform your property. But the degree to which that transformation is for the better is largely up to you. Avoid the pitfalls of stone design and make the right decisions with these simple ‘dos and don’ts’.

Do use brick and stone

Using both brick and stone on the exterior of your property can make for a beautiful combination that brings the best out of both materials. Combinations of pale grey, cream, or white work particularly well with red brick.

As great as brick and stone look together, if you do not choose your colours carefully they will clash. Match the colours of the stone to undertones in the brick. The brick and stone should not be an identical colour (otherwise why use stone to accent the brick at all), but should not be polar opposites either.

Framing windows and doors in bright orange or red brick while using light coloured stone (with no complimentary undertones) for the rest of the building will overemphasize these features. Similarly, a horizontal band can be a great way to break up a large monolithic wall, but rather than a subtle accent, clashing bricks will stick out like a bright red sore thumb. See some examples of what not to do here.

Do use stone to match your style

Use traditional stone styles on traditional home exteriors, and contemporary stone styles on contemporary home exteriors. Adding traditional stone to a European chateau style home will complement the historical style, but adding the same bricks to an ultra-modern townhouse may not work as effectively.

Don’t force it

You cannot choose your preferred stone in isolation. You may absolutely love Dry-Stack by Fusion Stone but your property may be better suited to Great Lakes. Don’t force a style onto a building that doesn’t suit it. There are many tools available to help you make the best decision for your stone style choice. And don’t forget that you can always contact Fusion Stone for expert advice.

Don’t do it alone

There are tons of free tools available online at, don’t feel like you have to make all of your design decisions alone. Browse through photos of Fusion Stone in action, then choose your preferred style and colour.

Do match your paint

Matching the colour of your garage, doors, and windows to your stone is crucial to creating a comprehensive look. Your choice of paint should match undertones in your stone, without matching the colour exactly.

When you follow these simple ‘dos and don’ts,’ and contact us for advice you’ll find it easy to make the most out of your Fusion Stone transformation.

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