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Choosing the best wall paneling

Posted on September 17, 2021

When dressing up a wall with products like 3D wall panels, imitation brick or stone paneling during a DIY Stone Wall project, we should consider a few variables.

  • The look we want to create.
  • The budget available.
  • The skillset of the installer
  • How much time do we have to work on the project.
  • The level of detail of the finished product (including the visible joints)
  • Realistic look and feel.

One or more of these variables can be shared by multiple products but others are only present on some specific stone wall panels on the market.

Charcoal brick wall decor paneling

For example, if a homeowner wants to look at a wall and feel like he/she has a real brick wall, they need to consider either the very time-consuming brick veneer or faux brick paneling.

Even If the budget is limited, or if money is not an issue, the buyer doesn’t want to feel like throwing money in the wind. They should consider panels that are affordable and quick to install. If a homeowner doesn’t have time to do the work, a handyman won’t charge an arm and a leg to install them.

Installing real brick

Materials like cast stone (small sections of cast concrete), real stone, or 3D wall panels, require e long and detailed work around the joints. In the case of stone and brick, those joints would be many. 3D panels have issues with joints because they are straight and often fall on a part of the panel where the texture is smooth. The joint therefore is always visible. Interlocking stone panels, on the other hand, have uneven/irregular edges so the joints blend very well with the rest of the panels.

Visible Cracks

Those consumers who tried vinyl rolls printed with a stone and brick pattern are always disappointed. For a stone or brick accent, you need a depth of texture to look real. The best ones are those of 3/4” or more. You may also want to consider the way products are manufactured. Imitation stone panels are produced with molds. These molds are created using real brick and stone, therefore the molded parts reproduce the exact look of the original materials. These panels are also hand-painted by real workers, so the faux paint effect is great.

Stone Project With Veneer Panels
How beautiful a corner joint can look.

It really pays off to do some research before embarking on such remodeling projects.

Redecorating Or Remodeling Bars And Restaurants

Posted on April 16, 2015

The perfect way to redesign a bar or a restaurant today is no longer focusing on the look of the products used but the attention to the environment, by using reclaimed material or products that are considered green.
One product that is surely driving a large portion of this trend is faux stone panels that are made of a recyclable resin and that can be easily reused in other areas.

Reusable faux stone panels for a bar

Reusable faux stone panels in a new bar

Most decorative products like stone and brick are not easy to reuse since they are “stuck” on the walls where they are applied. When considering other affordable products most business owners are impressed by the ease of installation and the way the faux stone can be unscrewed because they are simply made of easy-to-move panels.

Remodeling is not the only area where designers are trying to save business owners the time it takes to get things done and the investment necessary to open a restaurant or bar. Even when opening a new establishment the budget is critical. Those who venture in the opening a new business can tell you about the importance of choosing the right product for a stone wall, and all other aspects of the decorations.

In the image below you can see how many cuts and turns in the stone a bar requires to create a welcoming atmosphere. When approaching such a project you might want to consider what’s needed to prepare the structure where the panels or cast stone are installed.

Cast stone application

Cast stone application

When using other products you can expect a large number of cracks between small blocks of cast stone that will either need to be grouted or, if left unfilled, will disrupt the flow of the look.

What differentiates a lightly planned opening or re-opening of a bar or restaurant is the welcoming feel that the customers experience the first few times they walk inside. Spending a few extra dollars on a designer’s or architect’s opinion can make a huge difference in the success of the business. Customers don’t only look for quality food but the whole experience and this will surely repay the extra expenses put toward a rich decoration.

‘If it looks good, that it’s right” : Stone walls panels

Posted on July 22, 2012

"I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right." That is what the famous designer Dorothy Draper says.

If it looks right it feels right. Does it look right?

Fireplace with comiso stone

If it looks right and it feels right then it means you agree with what we do!

Antico Element focuses on creating original and creative ideas for your remodeling project using convenient and realistic stone wall panels products.  The main goal for our company is to provide to our clients the possibility to renew their home or work environment at an affordable price that yet guarantees high quality and realist products. Time and money-saving Antico Elements beautiful stone wall panels item will make your house look different and unique. Available in different shapes and colors these panels are hand-painted stone by stone to look even more real and to give the feel of "real stone".

Having a house that "feel good" is probably everyone's will and only following our few steps easy installation book you can create that feeling by yourself with few carpenter tools. Even women can do it, thanks to the lightweight of the stone wall panels.

Comfort and elegance & if it looks good then it' s right!

Why Use Our Products

Posted on October 15, 2009

Visit Our Store At AnticoElements.com

Why Use Rock Or Faux Stone Panels?

( Save money, easy to install, looks great )

Most of us at some point had to deal with the stress and frustration of purchasing expensive materials, hiring expensive contractors and have little control over the process and the results of remodeling or a home & garden project. Imagine if you had in your had a product like a Stone Panel, an affordable product with the support and advice of knowledgeable experts and do the work yourself? What if you then had fun doing it and be so proud of it that you started sending the photos of the finished work to your family and friends? It’s not just a concept, it very possible with our faux stone panels. All you need are some basic carpenter’s tools and to browse through a few pages in our catalog at AnticoElements.com

Our Brick 28" Aspen Plus

What are some of the many benefits of our products? Made in the USA. Although some of our designs are inspired by the beautiful and classical styles from around the world, we understand today’s importance in employing the American workforce. That’s why we proudly make our products in the US! The Look. Purchasing imitation Stones Panels, Dry Stack and, River Rock Panels sometimes means getting a lesser product that looks fake. Sometimes so, sometimes quite the opposite. Our products are molded from actual rocks, stone, bricks, and coral stone. The products coming out of the molds reproduce every single detail, of the stone and even the grouting. Most people don’t believe they aren’t real rocks, stones, and wood until they tap on them. The tapping or knocking is usually followed by an “oh, wow!”. The colors are applied by hand to further increase the realistic look and avoid pattern repetition when putting panels next to each other. Many competitor’s products are sprayed with one color and simply sponged off.  Not ours! We carefully apply different colors, one by one.

Fireplace design

Fireplace design - Laguna Line

Cost Saving. Why pay more for hand-made stone materials and labor involved in long installation when you can pay less for another quality product? This building material is made of high quality, high-density polyurethane and it is available at a fraction of the cost of other materials and other vendors. You can let people admire your work without having to tell them how much you have saved. We provide an additional saving by removing middlemen and passing the savings to the customer.  Compare our photos and samples with those from other companies to realize that our prices are lower and our quality superior. Don’t forget, we always have products on sale.

Faux Stone Skirting

Laguna Stone for skirting - Cappuccino

Applications. Our products are designed to withstand outdoor stress tests yet they are beautiful enough to be used as interior decoration. The latest trend designs are going toward natural look stones. They can be used in Inside and outside homes of all sizes and styles, In restaurants, Bars, Boutiques, Offices, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Living rooms Below siding, Landscaping, Pool and spa surrounds. Stone Fireplaces and many other areas.

Alpi Stone Wall Panels

New Romana Almond Color Stone Wall - Almond

Our panels can be installed over most preexisting surfaces. What do you do if you are a home-owner and are not interested in buying a new home yet you like the look of the natural stone elements? Well, give the front of your home a facelift. Perfect for both residential and commercial applications, imitation stone products allow you to combine very affordable alternatives and styles. Choose from the different styles and colors to pick the one most suitable for your project.

Alpi Faux Stone Siding Panels For exterior

Laguna Faux Stone Siding Panels For exterior

Stone panels create an everlasting yet modern ambiance and are a perfect architectural and landscaping stone wall material. These materials bridge the gap between exterior and interior areas. You can now recreate an exterior look in an inside space with very little effort.

Stone wall panels in charcoal color

StoreFront Laguna Stone - Charcoal

Interlocking feature. Antico Elements’ Stone edges are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look. They use a system similar to tongue and groove to virtually remove the seam lines you easily notice in other competitor's products. We have spent vast resources to create a system that provides a great look, prevents water from sliding behind the panels and improves the insulation factor.

Interlocking Edges

Interlocking stone edges

Seamless look

Seamless look

Practical and lightweight. Have you ever seen someone install rocks and stone or have you done it yourself? You know how long it takes to lay one stone at a time. Now you can install 8-18 square feet of rocks and stone in one step utilizing our panels.

Fireplace Stone design

Interior Faux Stone design - Alpi Almond

Simple installation. Anyone can install our products. You don’t need to purchase expensive diamond blades or wet saws, mix mortar and learn to lay bricks before you have the power to fully manage your project. All you need are basic carpenter tools, adhesive and the desire to create something beautiful on your own. We provide detailed instruction and in case you need it, great customer support.

Chimney Stone

Comiso Stone Gray Used On Chimney - Outdoor

Flexible. Unlike other manufacturers, our panels are not rigid. They can be installed on a bumpy and curved surface without the need to cut single stones in small pieces and compromise the look.

Stone Siding Example


Stone Siding Example With Laguna Beach

Fire-rated. Although resistible to high temperatures, all our products are also available in fire-rated material for only 10% more.

Stone Backsplash

Laguna Stone Used In Interior Kitchens

Easy to maintain and durable. Contrary to other “natural products” our panels and accessories are constructed with closed-cell polyurethane particles which means that they will not absorb water and there will be no mold or rutting. They can easily be cleaned and washed. They also will not crack and the finish will barely fade in time. They are so durable and impact resistant that you can even drive a car on it without damage.

Fireplace Design

Fireplace design - Coral Stone - Natural

Benefits of accessories. Although our panels can be cut, mitered and sanded to meet around corners, we offer an easier and cleaner solution. We provide matching accessories like:  Outside Corners, Ledges and Sills. We also have:

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps and Column Sleeves

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps - Sand

Stone Columns, Caps, Trim, Moldings, Wall caps, Keystones, and many architectural elements. Panels for Chimneys.

Outdoor Stone Veneer

Outdoor Stone veneer - Laguna Beach

For details on all our products please visit our online catalog at www.AnticoElements.com For answers on the most frequent questions please take a look at our FAQ Page.