When planning your patio, there are many elements to consider: the landscape, climate, budget and how you and your family will use the space. But there’s one workhorse material that manages to find its way into almost every outdoor patio design project: pavers.
With the variety of paver materials, sizes, styles, colors and textures, they truly are one of the most versatile materials out there. Pavers can likely work for your home no matter your style or budget. Check out these creative ways to use them:
While symmetrical placement is more typical when it comes to pavers, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use them in a random pattern. While the placement of these pavers might seem haphazard, the look is casual with lots of visual interest. This technique is also good to use if you have some leftover pavers from another project.
Pavers also work really well when you need to define a space. In this case, pavers arranged in a circular pattern leading out to a pathway, create a quiet refuge with a comfy hammock and a couple of iron chairs.
If you’re lucky enough to have a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, consider using pavers to define the space around it. In this case, the corner of a yard was turned into a beautiful garden patio. Concrete benches and a rustic trellis add to the charm of this little outdoor oasis.
Incorporate Into Your Lawn
Pavers can also be used to define spaces where you might typically expect to see a lawn. In this case, the pavers were used with grass to define a larger outdoor patio area around a pool. To ease up on lawn care, consider using faux grass for a treatment like this and you won’t need to ever worry about mowing.
If you live in a warmer climate and don’t need to worry about the change of seasons, you could create a true outdoor living room using pavers to define the area. Try to stick with outdoor fabrics, and come up with a game plan for storing cushions and pillows. While outdoor fabrics are durable enough to take the rain, you will ensure your pillows last a lot longer if you can keep them dry as much as possible.
For larger properties, pavers are an amazing solution for defining paths and creating natural movement throughout your entire outdoor space. You’ll want to ensure that paths connect easily from one area to another, while providing an obvious route for walking. Since pavers are so versatile, they’ll work well with almost any materials or elevations.
Even if you have an area on your property that won’t necessarily be used as a functional space, pavers still do a lovely job of tying together the landscape. In this case, pavers are used right outside the fire pit area and in front of a beautiful fountain. They create visual interest for the space and also connect one area of the yard to another.
If you have a more modern home or you’re simply looking to bring a more modern vibe to your patio, concrete pavers are a great way to achieve it. These types of pavers can be poured to any size or shape, so you can really have some fun with pattern while also using the shapes to help easily navigate throughout your yard.
While pavers look great with some space between them, they also work well as an outdoor flooring option. In this case, the pavers are arranged in a tightly woven circular pattern. There is a nice mix of neutral colors paired with a second type of paver that defines the area outside of the fire pit.
Pavers also work really well as a solution to use around a pool. Here, the lounge area is defined with pavers, while the lawn area is kept clear. Depending on the setup of your outdoor space, you could choose to do something similar; however, pavers would also look great all the way around the pool.
While we often think of pavers as having symmetrical placement, we think of most pavers having a symmetrical shape, too. However, this treatment shows us that that it’s not necessary. We can see in this design that larger, free-form pavers can also look quite chic.
For warm climate-dwellers, an outdoor shower could be the ultimate luxury. If you have enough space for one, consider creating an outdoor shower with pavers. This is sometimes an easier project than you might think, as you’re likely already set for plumbing.
Even if you have the tiniest yard, you can still use pavers to help define a petite hang-out space for you and your family. Even a small grouping of pavers can help to define an area and create some coziness.
Pavers work well with a variety of other materials, but they work especially great with gravel. Depending on the type you choose, gravel can be a very inexpensive option when you need to cover a larger area. You can pair pavers with gravel to define your space and save a bit on your outdoor reno.
Reitman, Erica. “Take Your Landscape Design to the Next Level With These Creative Paver Ideas.” HGTV, HGTV, 2 Sept. 2016, www.hgtv.com/design-blog/outdoors/pretty-patio-pavers.