Concrete pavers are a popular choice for building patios: they’re durable, versatile, and they look fantastic. But how do you make sure your project is special? Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your new patio pavers.
Complement your home’s architectural style or the form theme of your garden with the style of pavers you select. Modern homes emphasize clean horizontal lines and ordered geometric shapes. Large slabs and slate coloring provide an ideal complement to this kind of architecture, creating a large, smooth plain. Unilock’s Umbriano is a clear choice for clean-lined beauty. More traditional architectural styles can be coupled with cobble or brick style pavers—think Unilock’s Tribeca Cobble here. To emphasize a garden’s rugged, natural form theme consider using a more irregular shaped paver.
Bordering can help bring out the colors of your main pavers by introducing contrast or complimenting tones. A dark, earthy clay color, for example, is the perfect complementary color for a grey or bluish-grey paver, while pavers with a dark granite appearance can be paired to great effect with silver tones. A strong border can also bring in different styles of pavers to create variation and visual interest. If your patio consists of different areas—a cooking, dining, and socializing area for example, consider breaking this space up by adding bordering to create the visual division of space. Bordering will also accentuate focal points such fire pits, fireplaces, or permanent seating. For more inspiration and tips for bringing different pavers together successfully, check out the Unilock catalog here.
You can highlight aspects of your home or hardscaping by adding simple accents to the main paving of your patio. Scattered colors matching that of your homes exterior can be used to highlight features such as outdoor fireplaces or countertops, unifying them with the design of your patio. Other possibilities include bringing in color elements of your roof or the furnishings of your home when selecting the palette for your patio pavers. Accents can extend the color palette of your home into your outdoor living spaces or unite the color themes of your garden and hardscaping nicely.
The right laying pattern can add character to your patio and bring out the best in your concrete paver. Your choice of laying pattern will depend on the type of paver you choose for your patio, the overall size of your patio, and what kind of effect you’d like to create. A small space for example, will be best coupled with a laying pattern consisting of smaller pavers. A uniform grid-like pattern will create a sense of neatness and order, ideal for use in homes with traditional architectural style or to place in juxtaposition to a more natural, wildly ordered garden. A more random laying pattern, on the other hand, can enhance the visual effect of an organic, flowing style theme. With rectangular pavers, zig-zag patterns will create a more random visual effect, while laying them facing a single direction will emphasize the length of your patio. Unilock’s concrete pavers push the landscaping industry to create incredibly warm and inviting outdoor spaces, with styles, textures, and colors that work wonders in the hands of a trained professional. To contact a Unilock Authorized Contractor for your project, hop on over here.
Additional visual effects can be created using different colored jointing compounds. Paver designs featuring wider gaps between each paver tend to enhance the laying pattern. Smaller gaps, meanwhile, creates the look of a smoother overall surface. Emphasizing the jointing may create the illusion of a smaller space by halting the eye, so this is best done to break up the monotony of larger areas. A smoother surface creates the illusion of size, ideal for smaller patios or outdoor areas. Learn more about making your outdoor space special using joining sand here.