Paving stones offer up endless design possibilities. To enhance your Macomb, MI, patio and create a customized, unique look, consider these six ways to use paving stones as accents.
Adding a border brings personality to your patio. But you don’t have to choose a bold contrasting look if that feels too “loud” for you. You can use the same paving stones as in the main field but have them laid at 45- or 90-degree angles, for a subtly sophisticated look. Contrasting borders create a visually smaller space, which may make people feel like they’re squeezed into a box; in small spaces, you probably want to opt for monochrome border designs.
Use no more than three paver types to prevent a too-busy look. If you can’t decide between two types or paver colors for a border, you could choose both for a bold statement. To tie the design together, use the main field paver on the outer perimeter, or between the two border pavers.
If the majority of your patio will be smooth, you can add a textured border (or vice versa). It’s another way to create visual interest in your patio.
A large patio can become visually overwhelming. That’s a reason to create cozy spaces using paver “area rugs.” For example, if the main field of the patio is smooth, designate a sitting area with textured pavers. Or, for a bold look, add a contrasting “fringe” of smaller pavers. For best results, you probably want to use this approach sparingly to avoid an overly busy aesthetic.
Paver inlays are a popular way to customize outdoor living spaces. Here’s what you need to know to ensure you’re satisfied with the result.
First, consider scale and proportion. For a huge patio, a tiny inlay can get lost, but depending on the placement, it could become a stunning focal point. A small fire pit or seating area can look amazing if the entire space is filled completely with an artistic design such as a sunburst that is different from the rest of the patio.
To create a pleasing composition using an artistic inlay, the photographer’s rule of thirds could apply. This would involve Dividing the patio into thirds in both directions, as if it were overlaid with a tic-tac-toe grid (nine equal squares). The eye is drawn to the intersections and lines between the squares, not the squares themselves. To add an inlay with a defined shape such as a compass, spiral, circle or your family crest, avoid putting it in the exact middle of the patio unless you’re going for a very formal look. If your inlay is more freeform, such as a broad wavy brush stroke effect sweeping across the patio, place the center of the “wave” along one of the grid lines.
Circles and Rings
Circles are one of the simplest ways to bring visual interest to a patio. They create stunning focal points under a statue, birdbath, fountain, or fire pit. Very likely, smaller paving stones are best for this approach. In a modern aesthetic, keeping circles and rings subtle will help to maintain a sleek look.