A must for all home renovators is to check out the new look in wall cladding.

In what appears to be a natural progression in the huge interest in natural stone such as travertine, marble and limestone for walls and floors, a highly textured look for walls is now gaining currency.

Two looks that are reported to be walking out of Amber stores are the Cascade and Cracked Marble.

While the obvious place for these finishes to make a bold and exciting statement is the bathroom – especially as a backdrop to the vanity – another place they are proving extremely popular is outdoor kitchens and barbeque areas. And most often, wherever this cladding is used, it is teamed with a similar toned natural stone as floor tiles.

Cascade features a highly textured finish with lots of veining in ivory on a background of greys – the overall effect mimics that of the ripples caused by water cascading down a rock face. Each piece is a rectangular shape measuring 400x100mm in cream or grey marble that is butt mounted for high visual impact.

Cracked Marble meanwhile, available in cream or grey marble, features a series of symmetrical ridges and is available in pieces measuring 200x305mm and 300x600mm. These should also be butt mounted for the most visually exciting effect.

Cascade Stone Cladding retails for $222.95 a square metre and Cracked Marble for $127.95 a square metre for the smaller size and $185.95 for the larger.

These two finishes are part of the brand new range of natural stone released by Amber that encompasses floor and wall tiles and wall cladding in a huge array of finishes and sizes.