Mixing materials is a marvelous idea to add the eclectic touch to your patio design. If you are afraid of playing with flamboyant features in your exterior, you can always start with mixing and matching different paving materials. Concrete pavers, wood decking, and natural stone will do wonders if applied by a landscape professional. You should keep in mind, though, that in order to achieve balance in your landscape design, you can’t go overboard with all these features. With that said, let’s have a look at some brilliant examples of mixing concrete pavers, natural stone, and wood elements in patio designs—al along keeping it both unique and classy.
The mix of these two materials is about combining the sleek styling of Unilock’s Porcelain Landscape Tiles with the versatility of wooden decking. With so many people falling in love with a transitional design, this one can be attained by using one simple trick – installing the wood decking at the same height, or fairly close, as the outdoor tile for a seamless transition. You can enhance this effect by using two different patterns in one layout, i.e. a streamlined wooden floor and a mosaic tile paver pattern. Practical benefits aside, the wooden deck will give your patio a rich visual appeal. Although wood is more demanding than concrete and natural stone when it comes to maintenance, you can make this fact work in your favor. For instance, because the winter weather is harsh in NY, NJ, PA, CT, and the surrounding Northeast region, you can install a roof you’re your deck while leaving the concrete paver or porcelain tile exposed. Not only will you address the maintenance issues with wood decking, but you’ll also gain an additional design feature for your patio.
When mixing concrete with natural stone, it is still very important to consider color palettes. Natural stone comes with varying tones and hues, whereas concrete pavers and retaining walls are generally a calculated blend of two or three colors. In the project example above, Limestone from Unilock’s Natural Stone collection as the patio plays beautifully off the sleek lines of the Lineo Dimensional Stone used as the seating wall. Keep in mind that it’s wise to use the same hue for the stone as for the pavers as this will bring a monochromatic layout and a sophisticated look for your patio.
Also consider missing up the materials. Natural stone can be used as accent pieces in a unique patio design. Inlays, borders, and accents truly bring a landscape to life, and Natural Stone is great for these features. For instance, consider using natural stone to build an outdoor kitchen island finished with a polished granite countertop— a fine addition to a concrete paver patio.
Concrete pavers are outstandingly versatile when used as an outdoor flooring material, so it goes without saying that learning to pair them up with wooden features successfully goes a long way. For the elegant look achieved above, Unilock’s Avante Ashlar pavers were used as the patio surface in the outdoor kitchen area. Forming the vertical elements of the outdoor kitchen is Unilock’s Brussels Dimensional Wall with inlayed accents of Series 3000 pavers. The outdoor kitchen countertop is a sleek, easy to maintain polished granite, bringing a modern touch to the concrete directly beneath. To complete the look, the natural warmth of cedar pergola overhead stays in stark contrast to the concrete paver patio and granite surfaces.
The unquestionable advantage of mixing concrete pavers, natural stone materials such as granite, and wood is that the different finishes, tones, and hues play off one another, resulting in a much more interesting outdoor living space overall.
All in all, you don’t have to stick to one particular material when designing your patio. Since concrete pavers and walls, natural stone, and wood come with great versatility, you can, without a doubt, say that only the sky is the limit. Take a look at your patio from a distance, visualize the possible combinations and bring them into life with the help of amazing inspiration and a trained landscape professional.