12 Aug Using Colored Pavers in Your Patio Project
So you’ve decided to add a patio to your landscape design. You want the extra seating, maybe you’ve added a fire pit, and you’re looking forward to having a space in your yard where you and your family can relax. But then comes an essential question: what color should your new patio be?
Luckily for you, patio pavers come in a wide variety of colors, so you’re bound to find something you like. In this post, we’ll look at a few of the most popular options and how to choose the perfect colors.
- Anchor Afton Non-Tumbled: available in fieldstone, mahogany, northwoods, walnut, cambray tan, and charcoal.
- Anchor Slaton Plus Tumbled: available in blue iron and northwoods.
- Rochester Serano: available in antique brown, Santa Fe, bluestone, and beechwood.
A patio is an extension of your home, so naturally you want them to complement each other.
One method of choosing paver colors is to opt for a hue that will harmonize with your home, and this can be done by choosing a color a few shades lighter than your home. This way, the patio won’t draw attention away from the house, letting the main attention stay on your house. If your home is blue, for example, consider getting bluestone pavers for your patio. The color isn’t a true blue, per se, but the hues will harmonize nicely.
There are other ways to complement your home’s siding. For example, if the exterior of your home is brick, it’s recommended to stay away from brick patio pavers, as the result can be too much red. Instead, consider gray for your hardscapes. This will help soften the overall look and provides a nice contrast. If your house has wood siding, however, brick pavers help add brightness to the area, again providing contrast.
Some people also recommend matching the paver color to the color of your home’s roof. They wouldn’t have to match exactly, but should be in the same hues if you choose this option.
Warm or Cool?
Whether you choose warm or cool colors for your patio depends on the kind of feel you’re going for.
Warm-colored pavers are those in shades of red, orange, and yellow. These colors tend to make people feel more energized. With this in mind, warm colors could be considered for spaces where you’re planning on doing a lot of entertaining. Warmer colors tend to be a little darker, and can make a space feel smaller or more intimate.
Cool-colored pavers are those in shades of blue, green, and purple. These colors tend to make people feel calmer, so are good for spaces where you’d like to feel more relaxed, even meditative. Cooler colors tend to be a little lighter, and can help make the space feel more expansive.
Consider Natural Light
How does the sun hit your patio space? Pavers may look different depending on the angle of the sun—this is especially true with pavers that have more textured surfaces (such as the Afton Non-Tumbled above), as the slight variations in height can create shadows that change how the colors look. The color may look different, too, depending on the amount of shade the patio receives. This certainly shouldn’t discourage you from choosing a color you like, but is something to keep in mind. The color variation should be something to embrace and enjoy.
Don’t be afraid to get creative! Some people like to create a splash with a paver design within their patio or driveway. If you go this route, you can either choose colors that will contrast each other to really pop (like the photo here), or choose colors closer together for a more muted effect (for example, orangeish pavers on a yellowish or light natural background).
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