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Landscape Retaining Wall Ideas

Landscape Retaining Wall Ideas

Retaining walls are structures that hold back soil so your yard can have multiple levels within it. Traditionally, these walls were often drab and boring. But there are now many easy ways to make a retaining wall an upgraded centerpiece within your yard’s landscaping. Keep reading for eye-catching and affordable ideas to dress up your retaining wall.

Retaining Wall Upgrades With Faux Veneers

One of the easiest ways to upgrade a retaining wall is to use faux materials to change its appearance. These decorative pieces come in a variety of looks and textures that mimic authentic materials.

With choices like Fieldstone, Chiseled Stone, red brick, or even reclaimed and shiplap wood, faux veneers can completely change the look and feel of your outdoor space.

It is important to note that for best results, veneers should only be used to dress up straight walls. Walls with any sort of curvature cannot be covered smoothly with a faux veneer.

Benefits of Covering Retaining Walls With Faux Veneers

While the panels used to dress up your retaining walls come in a plethora of different colors, materials, and styles, they also come with benefits that go beyond the eye. They are DIY friendly, long-lasting, and extremely cost-efficient in addition to their customization potential.

Easy to Install

Faux veneers are very easy to install on your own, which eliminates the need to hire a landscape professional. Not only is the installation easy, but it is also fast, meaning you can enjoy your new wall without the hassle of a full landscape renovation.


The materials used throughout our faux veneers are weatherproof and UV resistant. With proper installation, they can even withstand high winds. You can rest assured knowing your new faux veneer on your retaining wall will last you for many years to come.


Because of the materials used plus the ability to install these yourself, you can upgrade your retaining walls at a fraction of the price of the real thing. This means you can use your savings on other parts of the yard, maximizing your renovation budget.

Choosing the Right Faux Material

As we mentioned above, there are many faux materials to choose from for upgrading your retaining wall. At Barron Designs, we have some we love to recommend.


Using stone veneers to upgrade a retaining wall always provides a beautiful enhancement for your landscaping. Varying in color, stone shape, and stone size, stone veneers give you total customization to ensure your retaining wall looks upscale and aesthetically pleasing.

Faux Brick

Using faux brick on your retaining walls is a great way to modernize your space. From traditional red to distressed to pure white — faux brick can upgrade your backyard in a fun yet traditional way.

Faux Wood

Faux wood is another totally customizable option, similar to brick. You can choose from reclaimed wood to shiplap and even to chevron-designed faux wood panels for your retaining wall. These are all great options if you are going for a farmhouse feel.

Faux Rock

Similar to stone veneers, faux rock delivers a natural stone look without the cost of true stones. From a river rock aesthetic to rock grouted filler to lay loose rocks on, faux rock designs are perfect for any backyard.

Other Ideas for Faux Retaining Walls

While our faux panels are an excellent choice for upgrading a retaining wall, there are lots of other uses for them in and around your home too.

Cover Your Foundation

If your foundation is a sore spot on your home’s curb appeal, consider adding rock veneers for a completely new look. Not only will this improve the view of your home from the street, but it could also add significant value to your home.

Upgrade Your Fireplace

Have you always dreamed of a stone fireplace? Are you looking for a way to redo your current fireplace without having to tear it down? Utilizing faux wood or faux stone panels can be a great way to accomplish this upgrade at a much lower price than a fireplace renovation. Check out some  fireplace design ideas using Barron's products.

Add an Accent Wall

Another unique way to utilize faux wood or brick panels is by creating an accent wall. Whether it is in your living room, kitchen, or bedroom, a unique accent wall can help your space feel more customized and designed for you.

Retaining Wall Ideas With Barron Designs

While retaining wall ideas may seem overwhelming, choosing a faux panel to assist in your wall upgrade can provide many benefits while customizing your space. From faux wood to stone veneers to faux brick, retaining walls in your backyard never have to be plain again.

If you are still unsure about which material to use for your retaining wall, check out our fieldstone, ledgestone, drystack & more page to learn more about the difference between our various faux retaining wall materials. 

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