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Stacked Stone Backsplash (Designs & Benefits)

In this gallery of stacked stone backsplash designs you’ll find what it is, its benefits, how to choose, different stacked stone kitchen styles, and tips on grouting, sealing & cleaning.
Contemporary kitchen with stacked stone backsplash, island, chairs, countertops, cabinets, refrigerator, sink, faucet, and window One of the most prominent trends in home design is to give texture to interior and exterior vertical surfaces, and stacked stone is one of the best materials you can use to achieve this stunning effect.

What Is A Stacked Stone Backsplash?

Kitchen with countertop, faucet, stacked stone backsplash, and sink Using various-sized natural stones for a defined and unpolished appearance, stacked stone is a construction technique that makes use of stone pieces that have been cut into various sizes and glued to a substrate. It consists of tight-fitting stone, often with projecting edges.

The installation is comparable to tiling a wall, but there isn’t any grout involved. It is usually applied to vertical surfaces like walls, cladding, columns, and backsplashes and can be used for both interior and exterior applications. Stacked stone is also used to highlight any feature in your home.

Contemporary kitchen with countertop, white cabinets, shelves, refrigerator, oven, and stacked stone backsplash Stacked stone is a popular choice for backsplashes because of its natural beauty and durability. It can be used in a variety of ways, from creating a contemporary look to adding texture and color to a neutral space. 

Stacked stone backsplashes add a rustic, natural look to any kitchen. They are easy to clean and maintain and can last for years with proper care. Stacked stone backsplashes can be installed in a variety of ways, such as with grout or adhesive, and can be customized to fit any size or shape of kitchen.

Benefits Of Stacked Stone Backsplash

Kitchen with dark granite countertop, island, stools, tile floors, stacked stone backsplash, wood cabinets, and ceiling lights Durability: Stacked stone backsplashes are highly durable and can last for many years. They are also highly resistant to scratches, stains and other forms of damage.

 Beauty: Stacked stone backsplashes add a beautiful, natural look to any kitchen or bathroom. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to match any design style. 

 Low Maintenance: Stacked stone backsplashes are easy to clean and maintain. All they need is a regular wipe-down with a damp cloth. 

 Versatility: Stacked stone backsplashes can be used in a variety of ways. They can be used to add texture, color, and interest to a backsplash or used to create a focal point in a room. It can be used in different interior design styles whether traditional, contemporary or modern.

 Cost: A stacked stone backsplash is usually less expensive than other types of backsplashes, making it a great choice for those on a budget.

Choosing Your Stacked Stone Backsplash

Kitchen with stacked stone backsplash, countertop, range hood, refrigerator, and cabinetsStacked stone will vary in color because it is composed of natural stone, and this might determine how your project will look. Natural stone should be selected in advance because stucco, wood, and paint color are all easily changed. It is best to choose your stone first, then center your color scheme and design around it.

Depending on the kind of stone you choose, stacked stone might have a natural or polished appearance. For modern types of kitchen backsplash designs which require a seamless, clean and polished look, opt for harder materials, such as quartzite or granite, which should be utilized. 

While for traditional, farmhouse, or country kitchen backsplashes, lean towards a more rustic aesthetic, and select softer stones because they are more suited for a natural finish.

Stack Stone Kitchen Backsplash Designs

Kitchen with island, sink, faucet, countertops, range hood, cabinets, wood flooring, and stacked stone backsplashStack stone backsplashes are often used to add texture and visual interest to a wall and can be used in a variety of ways, from full wall installations to more subtle, accent pieces. 

Stacked Stone Tile Backsplash  

Kitchen with stacked stone tile backsplash, wood countertop, sink, and faucet What stacked stone tile?  Stacked stone tile is a type of wall or floor covering made from thin, flat pieces of natural stone that are attached to a mesh backing and is arranged in a way that it creates a layered, textured final look. 

Stacked stone tile has a fixed size of 24 x 6 inches and a thickness of 1 inch to 2.5 inches. It comes in a wide variety of colors and types of stones like travertine, slate, limestone, etc. You can find them readily available from local stone suppliers and even online. 

Because of their fixed size, stacked stone tiles are easier and faster to install. It is typically attached to a wall using thinset mortar. The wide variety of stacked stone tiles makes it a versatile option for kitchen backsplashes.

For modern designs, stick with stacked stone tiles that have a clean look and a neutral palette, while for traditional backsplashes, opt for tiles that have a more rustic appearance.

Dry Stack Stone Backsplash

Rustic kitchen with dry stacked stone backsplash, cabinets, range hood, and countertop What is dry stack stone? A dry stack stone backsplash is a type of backsplash created by stacking individual stones without the use of mortar or adhesive. This type of backsplash can be installed quickly and easily, with no grout or other materials needed.

The stones used for dry stack stone backsplashes come in a variety of colors and textures, giving you the opportunity to customize the look of your kitchen.

The stones are typically cut in uniform shapes and sizes and are available in a variety of colors and finishes, allowing for a range of design possibilities.

Faux Stacked Stone Backsplash

Classic kitchen with faux stacked stone backsplash, wood cabinets, countertop, window, oven, and ceiling lights What is faux stacked stone? Faux stacked stone is an imitation of natural stone made of a combination of concrete and other materials. It is designed to provide the same look and feel of stacked stone without the cost and weight of traditional stone.

Faux stacked stone is often used for fireplaces, walls, and other home decor applications like backsplashes. Faux stacked stone can either come in tile, veneer, or peel and stick form. They are a much cheaper option for kitchen backsplashes but give off the same warmth of natural stone. 

Stack Stone Veneer Backsplash

Modern kitchen with stacked stone veneer backsplash, white cabinets, countertop, and stove What is stacked stone veneer? Stacked stone veneer is a type of decorative wall covering made from thin slices of real natural stone that are stacked to create a uniform three-dimensional design.

Stacked stone veneer is usually made from sandstone, quartzite, slate, or other types of natural stone attached to a backing. It is usually used to create the look of a traditional stone wall without the need for the depth and weight of full stone walls.

Stacked stone veneer backsplashes are thinner than their tile counterparts, but it is installed in the same way. It uses no grout but is very durable and long-lasting. It can be used for full backsplash designs or as an accent piece behind the stove with great results.

Stacked Stone Panels For Backsplash

Tuscan kitchen with stacked stone backsplash, cabinets, countertop, and stove Also known as ledger panels, stacked stone panels are large format wall panels that consist of pieces of natural or faux stone that are combined to form a layered effect. Stacked stone panels are typically 4 x 8 feet in size and are more commonly used as interior wall cladding.

These panels are very versatile and can be cut into any desired size, making them a more economical alternative to tile backsplashes. They are also quicker and easier to install compared to dry stacking each piece of stone one by one. 

However, stacked stone panels can be quite heavy depending on the material used. The weight of the stacked stone prevents it from adhering to the drywall directly. It won’t have adequate support for its weight.

You run the risk of having to deal with an expensive drywall issue even if it first goes up and looks beautiful since the stone panels could pull the wall down due to its weight. So, if you are using this as a backsplash material, make sure to adhere it to a concrete wall or directly to wood studs.

If you are installing these panels in a wet area such as a bathroom or right behind the sink it’s advised to use a cement backerboard. These can be attached directly to wood studs to help act as  a moisture barrier.

Peel And Stick Stacked Stone Backsplash

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What is peel and stick stacked stone? Peel and stick stacked stone are a type of wall covering that uses individual pieces of faux stone that are pre-adhered to a backing material that can be peeled and applied directly to the wall, creating a realistic three-dimensional stone look.

This type of wall covering can be used to create a variety of finishes and textures, making it a popular decorative option for both interior and exterior walls. A peel and stick backsplash with a stacked stone design is an easy and affordable way to give your kitchen or bathroom a modern and stylish look.

This type of backsplash is made up of individual tiles that have a textured stone look and feel, and they come in a variety of colors and finishes to match any decor.

The tiles are easy to install, as all you must do is peel the backing off and stick them onto the wall. The adhesive backing makes them extremely durable and will last for years to come.

Grouting Stacked Stone Backsplash

Outdoor kitchen with grill, countertops, privacy fence, and stacked stone backsplash There is no need to grout stacked stone backsplashes. The no grout look is part of its rustic appeal and dry stacked appearance.

Wet laid stone on the other hand is a technique of laying irregular shaped stones on top of each other and filling in the gaps with mortar. For most modern applications a stacked stone tile panel or dry stack method is used.

During installation, just make sure that there are very minimal to no gaps in between panels, while for the veneer type, the outcome should be seamless.

How To Seal Stacked Stone Backsplash

Rustic kitchen with stacked stone backsplash, countertop, shelves, sink, and faucet Any type of natural stone is porous and prone to moisture damage, which is why you need to add an extra layer of protection to make it longer lasting. Stacked stone backsplashes are usually made of natural stones like travertine, limestone, and slate, among others. These materials need to be sealed during installation and periodically sealed to reinforce their strength.

Below are some of the steps on how to seal a stacked stone backsplash.

1. Clean the surface of the stacked stone backsplash with a damp cloth. Allow the surface to dry completely.

2. Apply a thin, even layer of sealant to the backsplash using a paintbrush or a roller. Allow the sealant to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. Apply a second thin, even layer of sealant to the backsplash, working from one side of the wall to the other. Allow the sealant to dry completely.

4. Buff the stacked stone backsplash with a soft cloth to remove any excess sealant.

5. Enjoy your newly sealed stacked stone backsplash.

How To Clean Stacked Stone Backsplash

Stacked stone backsplashes are easy to clean and do not require special tools to keep them looking their best. Below are the steps on how clean a stacked stone backsplash.

1. Before cleaning your stacked stone backsplash, start by dusting the surface with a soft cloth or broom.

2. Fill a bucket with warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap.

3. Dip a soft cloth or sponge in the soapy water and begin to clean the surface of the backsplash.

4. For tougher stains, create a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water. Apply the paste to the stain and gently scrub with a damp rag.

5. Rinse the backsplash with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.

6. If desired, apply a stone cleaner/sealer to give the surface a polished look.

Maintaining Stacked Stone Backsplash

Contemporary kitchen with countertop, stacked stone backsplash, sink, faucet, cabinets, and window Here are some tips on how you can maintain your stacked stone backsplash:

1. Clean the surface of the backsplash regularly: To keep the stone backsplash looking its best, it’s important to clean the surface regularly.

Use a soft cloth and warm water to remove any dirt or dust that has collected on the stone. To remove any stubborn dirt or grime, use a mild detergent solution or a stone-specific cleaning product

2. Seal the backsplash: Sealing the stacked stone backsplash will help protect it from staining and discoloration. Use a stone sealant specifically designed for your type of stone and follow the instructions on the product label. 

3. Handle spills immediately: Spills should be wiped up immediately to prevent staining. Use a clean, dry cloth to blot the surface, and then use a mild, pH-neutral cleaner to clean the area. 

4. Use mild cleaning products: To keep the stone backsplash looking its best, use only mild, pH-neutral cleaning products. Harsh chemicals and abrasives can damage the stone and cause discoloration.

5. Avoid using harsh scrubbing tools: Scrubbing the backsplash with steel wool or abrasive pads can scratch the surface of the stone and cause discoloration.

See more related content in our article about matching countertops with backsplash on this page.

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Written by Rachel - Interior Designer

Rachel is an experienced interior designer with a demonstrated history in creating dynamic and functional living spaces. She finished her Bachelor of Science (BS) Interior Design degree at the University of the Philippine Diliman in 2008 and passed her Interior Designer licensure exam in the same year.

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