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Choosing Stone Veneer Mortar and Mortar Dye Color

Updated: Jul 21

There are a few important additional components or elements that will play a big role in any stone veneer or stone siding setup, and one that's worth considering is the use of mortar and mortar dye. Mortar is a vital piece of the stone veneer puzzle, helping hold various stones in place, but it also plays an important aesthetic role -- and mortar dye can be used to achieve a variety of color needs depending on your project.


At Harristone, we're happy to not only offer the very best stone veneer and stone siding products in Portland and nearby areas but also to provide clients with mortar dyes and colors from Lucky 7. What is the role of mortar and mortar dye in a stone veneer, and what are some templates you might be thinking about for mortar and mortar dye selection?




Basics on Mortar and Mortar Dye


As we touched on above, mortar is a key ingredient in any stone veneer or stone siding setup. It's a type of adhesive that helps hold the stones together while also providing some added stability and support. In terms of its ingredients, mortar is typically made up of water, sand, and cement.

As for mortar dye, this is a special type of pigment that can be added to the mortar mix in order to achieve a desired color. This is an important consideration for many homeowners and business owners alike, as it allows you to better match the mortar to the stones themselves or to create other complementary color schemes as needed.


There are a wide variety of colors available when it comes to mortar dye, so it's definitely worth taking some time to look at all of the options and choose the one that makes the most sense for your particular project.


Why Use Mortar Dye?


There are a few key reasons why you might want to use mortar dye in your stone veneer or stone siding setup. First and foremost, as we just mentioned, it can help you achieve a desired color scheme. This is important both for aesthetic reasons and for functional ones -- the right color scheme can tie everything together nicely and help you create a finished product that looks great and functions well.


Another reason to use mortar dye is that it can help you achieve a more consistent look for your stone veneer. By using the same dye for all of the mortar, you can help ensure that everything looks uniform and cohesive, which is definitely a plus.


Finally, it's worth mentioning that mortar dye can also help you achieve a more durable finish for your stone veneer. This is because the dye can help protect the mortar from UV damage and other types of wear and tear, making it more likely to last for years to come.


Mortar Dye Color Templates and Themes


Here are some of the general themes that stone veneer clients consider when choosing the ideal color (or colors) for their mortar dye:


  • Light options: For many clients, it makes sense to go with a light-colored mortar dye in order to create a bright and airy feel. This is often a good choice for smaller spaces or for projects where you want the stones themselves to be the star of the show. You can also consider using a light mortar dye as a way to create contrast with darker stones.

  • Natural colors: Another popular option is to choose a mortar dye color that mimics the natural colors found in stone. This can help you achieve a more authentic and traditional look for your stone veneer.

  • Dark colors: As we mentioned above, using a dark mortar dye can create contrast with lighter-colored stones. This can be a good way to add visual interest to your stone veneer and make it really stand out.

  • Bold colors: Finally, don't be afraid to get creative with your mortar dye color choices! If you want your stone veneer to really make a statement, consider using a bold and eye-catching color for the mortar. This can be a great way to add personality to your space and really make it your own.

Finding Inspiration


For some, deciding on the perfect color (or colors) for their stone veneer mortar dye can be a bit of a challenge. If you're having trouble settling on a particular shade, it can be helpful to look for inspiration in a few ways:


  • Other stone veneers you enjoy: Have you recently seen a stone veneer that you really loved? If so, take a close look at the mortar color and see if it's something you could use for your own project.

  • Your home's exterior: Another great source of inspiration is your home's existing exterior color scheme. If you're hoping to create a cohesive look, consider using a mortar dye color that complements your home's siding, trim, and other features.

  • Stone veneer galleries: Many companies, including Harristone, have online galleries that showcase a variety of different stone veneer styles. This can be a great way to get ideas for your own project and see how different mortar colors look with various stones.

  • Nature: For others, inspiration can be found in nature. If you have a particular stone in mind, take a look at how it appears in its natural state and see if there's a mortar color that would help you achieve a similar look.


For more on how to choose the ideal mortar and mortar dye color for your stone veneer, or to learn about any of our stone veneer or stone siding products, speak to the team at Harristone today.

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