3 Tips for Designing a Custom Headstone

July 15, 2022

By: Adam Reeson

What does ordering a pizza and designing a headstone have in common?


Whether you are choosing between pepperoni and ham OR black granite and blue pearl granite, we as consumers want options to create the exact product we want.

I can’t help you with your Domino’s order, but I can certainly offer 3 Tips for Designing a Custom Headstone:


Use Unique Shapes

Today, most memorials are mass-produced, rectangular-shapes – but yours doesn’t have to be.

Designing a shape that is contemporary and a little bit unique can help make the memorial stand out and tell the story of your loved one’s life.

Taking this a step further, most consumers are not aware that their monument can be made into virtually any shape, like this tractor-themed memorial.

This can take extra time for manufacturing, but it is hard to argue with such an impressive finished product!



Use Multiple Colours

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to incorporate multiple granite colours into the memorial design.

Using multiple pieces, like this memorial, provides attractive contrast in terms of both colour and finish with a powerful 2-toned look.

This can be a subtle way to incorporate your loved one’s favourite colour into the design.



Take Your Time

It can be difficult to choose the right words and design elements to sum up your loved one’s life. Many are not defined by their career or faith alone and had multiple interests and hobbies throughout their lives.

This is why it’s important to take your time and work with an experienced memorialist to help you be succinct and focused with your design choice. It may be tempting to include a sewing machine, wheat sheaves, cross and a football on the memorial, but this can result in a cluttered layout we in the industry call “billboard” monuments.


In my experience, keeping the design focused creates a better quality design that will look timelessly attractive in the long-term.

So, order your favourite pizza, sit down with your family, and explore some ideas online to get started.

For Frontier Monuments, I’m Adam Reeson.

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