As more homeowners catch on to the benefits and beauty of paving stones for their patios, landscape designers and patio installers face the additional challenge of mixed materials to give their clients the look they want. Here are seven ways to mix and match paving stones to create a multicolor patio in Manchester, NJ.
Install Distinctive Borders
Borders may be the easiest way to add distinctive visual interest to a paver patio. A border can be subtle or bold, and it’s a way to achieve a clear definition of space. In a fire pit area, for example, circling the field pattern with a contrasting colored border helps direct the eye toward the edges of the patio and emphasize the main attraction. Visitors to the landscape will know exactly where to go to relax and get warm.
Unite Areas With Paver Choices
Using a consistent theme throughout a landscape design creates a unified effect, but you do not necessarily want to play it safe with one type of paver. One color and one material can certainly unify different areas, but the landscape will miss out on having a distinctive style or personality that a mix-and-match approach would deliver. Instead, think through the possibilities of using the same pavers in complementary colors or playing with textures or sizes for a unique effect. Large format, sleek, and polished pavers could be paired by a border made of a narrower, rougher-textured pavers.
Change Up Sizes
Throw out any misconception you may have that only small paving stones are suitable for small areas such as walkways or tucked-away sitting areas. Using oversized pavers in small areas is often unexpected—but it can impress your clients once they see your design. By contrast, don’t assume that a large patio must be covered in large stones; a brick or cobblestone patio gives an old-world “courtyard” or “town square” effect that transcends size.
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Add a Pattern or a “Random” Design
Pavers of different sizes can be combined to create patterns that combine a pleasing orderly look with a sense of fun randomness. Consider this possibility when building a flagstone patio. Varying sizes of the same style of paver allows pavers to meet by just three corners, rather than perfectly lining up at each corner. The fact is, odd numbers tend to be more pleasing to the eye.
Influence the Pace
People tend to walk faster when walkways are straight and pavers are aligned with the flow of traffic. For a more tranquil feel, use large pavers separated by grass or gravel, as individual “steps.” This encourages people to slow down, watch where they’re stepping, notice the landscape, and not be in such a hurry.
No More Than Three
In general, you will want to stick to no more than three types of paving stones when mixing and matching. This will prevent a sense of busyness and chaos, while still providing a lot of interest.
Don’t limit yourself to mixing and matching paver stones that lie underfoot; seating walls, retaining walls, fireplaces, fire pits, outdoor kitchens/grill islands, steps, and entryways are all opportunities to introduce different materials.
Mixing materials, sizes, textures, and colors can add an eclectic touch any outdoor space and create one-of-a-kind walkways, outdoor rooms, patios, or pool decks. Various finishes, colors, sizes, and textures play off one another for an interesting outdoor space filled with personality.