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Defining Your Outdoor Living Design Style

Beautiful, durable, and long-lasting paver and wall products from Unilock fit perfectly into their surroundings and complement your home — whatever its style.

However, choosing an outdoor living style can be overwhelming. As you consider how to maximize the enjoyment of your outdoor space, think through whether any of these six popular options match your style.


Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts, or Craftsman-style, homes have a sturdy and welcoming look and feel that hearkens back to this style’s 19th century heritage. They can be small bungalows or stately homes, and they feature the relaxed, yet deliberate, aesthetic of stone, brick, and timber framing in earthy colors.

Outdoor living spaces that perfectly complement the Arts and Crafts style are designed to celebrate nature. We suggest looking at Unilock Beacon Hill Flagstone or sandstone pavers that are substantial in size, with a weathered patina and a distressed texture that contribute to the Craftsman feel of being completely at home in one’s surroundings.

Defining Your Outdoor Living Design Style

Beautiful Town Hall pavers make up the driveway, walkway, and front entrance to this Craftsman-style home.



The contemporary/minimalist aesthetic is all about simplicity and boldness, as well as form following function. Large format pavers, neutral colors, and sleek silhouettes ensure a tranquil space. A mixture of smooth and rough-textured pavers and walls adds visual interest even in completely monochromatic designs. Built-in fireplaces or fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and water features reflect the contemporary lifestyle.

The contemporary look often features innovative materials and industrial influences, and with Unilock products, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort either. Artline pavers, for example, offer comfortable non-slip finishes and a uniquely modern aesthetic. Umbriano pavers present the appearance of honed granite and a sleek look that is ideal for complementing a contemporary design. A modern design theme can be further enhanced by using wall units such as U-Cara or Lineo Dimensional Stone for the vertical features of your hardscape. U-Cara features a two-piece system of dimensionally accurate backer blocks and fascia panels in a variety of different colors, textures, and finishes. These wall units are ideal for adding the crisp, horizontal emphasis that is characteristic of modern and contemporary architecture.

Defining Your Outdoor Living Design Style

Umbriano pavers are a popular option for modern patios.


Country Garden

The romantic Country Garden or Cottage style is characterized by soft muted colors, low walls to define intimate spaces, a focus on plants, and rich textures. Country Garden outdoor spaces tend to be smaller spaces connected by walkways and surrounded by privacy fencing or higher stonewalls.

The Country Garden style is a richly detailed and often-whimsical look with features that invite lingering, especially in the hot days of summer. You’ll find in these types of landscapes an abundance of colorful planters, trellises, and arbors; gazebos or other shade structures; and narrow meandering walkways, garden sculptures, water features, and secret gardens. To help you achieve this look, Unilock offers a range of antiqued pavers and wall units, such as Brussels Block pavers for characterful walkways, patios, pool decks, and driveways. These pavers can be complemented by matching Brussels Dimensional System low walls, planters, and other vertical features.


Defining Your Outdoor Living Design Style

This delightful backyard retreat is constructed with Courtstone pavers that perfectly complement Victorian garden furniture and create a secluded hideaway from the world’s worries.


Old-World Elegance

Reminiscent of the timeworn cobbled streets of Europe, the old-world style adds a sense of history and maturity that imparts timeless elegance to an outdoor space. The look is characterized by herringbone patterns, cobblestone, and quarried stone, and combinations of patterns and colors that highlight features and define spaces.

For a gorgeous transition from indoors to outdoors, Town Hall pavers offer the timeworn appearance and substantial proportions of old-world brick street pavers that look like they’ve been around forever.


Defining Your Outdoor Living Design Style

This side yard features a Courtstone walkway and patio. Courtstone is modeled on the cobblestone of old European villages.


Defining Your Outdoor Living Design Style

Tribeca Cobble has been selected for this old-world style driveway. These pavers have the authentic look of imported granite cobblestone.



Rustic homes invite you in with the promise of cozy warmth. Their outdoor living spaces typically feature fireplaces or fire pits, and are constructed of materials that look as though they could be sourced locally, and fit perfectly into their surroundings. Covered porches lead to patios, narrow gravel paths lead to the lake or the woods — the feeling is one of comfort and appreciation of nature. Showcasing the richly textured appearance of stacked flagstone, Rivercrest Wall is ideal for adding rustic style to an outdoor setting. This wall unit can be used to create vertical features such as low walls, raised planters, and water features, as well as fire pits and fireplaces for a warm and cozy ambience.

Thornbury pavers complement the rough-hewn look of timber-frame or log homes. Fitting for walkways, patios, and driveways, these pavers offer a natural, timeworn look with a noticeably rugged texture.



The Traditional look complements suburban homes designed for families: a relaxed yet sophisticated feel that works with nearly any home style.

Richcliff pavers are an excellent example of a paver that offers a captivating look that is compatible with traditional tastes. The detailed surface of Richcliff presents the elegant appearance of natural stone and is backed up by unbeatable strength and durability.

Rather than following or anticipating trends, the traditional look exemplified by the Unilock Beacon Hill Flagstone collection of colors adheres to the principle of timeless elegance. You’ll be making your own historic mark with these long-lasting pavers.


What’s Your Style?

Defining your personal outdoor living style takes into account the architectural style of your home, its location, and how you want to make the most of your outdoor space. We realize that you have a lot of design choices — and challenges — and we’re here to help.

Whether you’re looking for a way to extend your entertaining into the great outdoors or simply want a tranquil hideaway where you can relax with a good book, Unilock offers beautiful pavers and wall units that marry function and aesthetics to create an outdoor living space that is uniquely yours. Take a look at our catalog for design ideas and inspiration, and consider visiting us at one of our Outdoor Idea Centers. And, when you’re ready to start transforming your landscape, you can trust a Unilock Authorized Contractor to build an exceptionally high-quality outdoor living space that you will enjoy for years to come.

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