Everyone wants a beautiful outdoor space, but it takes more than plopping down a few plants and adding a water feature to make it something unique and special. When redesigning a space there are many different elements that have to be considered. Perhaps the most important consideration is to determine the functionality and the use of the outdoor space. If you are working with an experienced landscaper, the contractor will work with you to determine how the space will be used. For example, are you in need of a sports court for your kids? How big of a BBQ space is desired? How far from the BBQ and cooking area would you like to have the seating area and patio? Would you have use for a fire pit?
In addition to having specific areas designated for your outdoor space the use of materials, colors and textures adds a dimension to the space that creates visual interest. This is one of the reasons why we feel that pavers are such a great solution for any outdoor space.
Because pavers come in a wide range of colors, selecting the perfect color can be a challenge. Consider the color scheme and overall structural feel of your home. Is your home more on the warm or cool side? Is it a ranch style home or does it have more of a Spanish or Modern feel? The answer can have a significant impact on what type of paver would be most appropriate for the space. While it is important to have pavers that work in harmony with your existing color palette, don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit! Pavers can also be used to add a punch of color to a space!
Here are some points to consider when choosing a paver color:
- If your intention is to have a space that lends to a more natural feel and appears to blend in, consider pavers that are shades of brown or grey and have a slight variation in color. Pavers that are multidimensional in color appear more natural than pavers that have a solid color.
- Consider if you want to make the space feel larger or smaller. Pavers that are lighter will make the space appear larger and pavers that are darker make a space appear smaller.
Pavers and the use of Texture:
What makes most spaces visually interesting is not only the use of color, but also the variation of textures. Pavers are a great way to add an extra dimension of texture to a space. Pavers can be more rough cut or they can be more smooth – the type of paver selected will entirely alter the feel of the space.
Here are some points to consider when evaluating the texture of a paver:
- Pavers that are rough cut will lend a more natural feel in a space. Pavers that are smooth will appear more polished and intentional.
- Consider how traffic will flow in the space. Pavers are naturally slip resistant but the degree of this can vary greatly upon the finish of the paver. If the area you are considering installing pavers in is a high traffic area then consider a paver that is more abrasive in texture.