Complementing Surrounding Landscaping Features with the Color of Your Paving Stones in Stafford Township, NJ
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Winter can be the perfect time to start having an outdoor living space designed that you and your family and friends will enjoy in the summer. Choosing the right paving stones is one of the biggest design choices you’ll need to make. To ensure that your new patio or pool deck will fit right in with its surroundings, here’s how to go about complementing surrounding landscaping features with the color of your paving stones in Stafford Township, NJ.
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Using Color Theory
There is one general rule you may want to follow when choosing paving stone colors: warm and cool. It’s not as much about the color itself but whether the color is warm (such as earthy tones) or cool (such as bluish grays). If you remember this rule, your outdoor spaces will be pleasing to the eye even if you use a variety of materials (your Unilock Authorized Contractor can help you finalize the right choices).
A home with a classic red brick facade falls into the warm category. There are two approaches you can take. You can emphasize the warmth of the brick by opting for tan, reddish, or brown pavers such as the Unilock brick-style paver collection (Town Hall, Copthorne, or Mattoni). Or you can cool down the warmth of the brick by introducing dark gray materials such as Unilock natural stone in Limestone; the Hearthstone color adds a sense of history and sophistication to a brick home. Most Unilock paving stones come in both warm and cool tones, as well as neutrals that work equally well in any situation.
If you’re considering mixing warm tones with cool tones, you can bring home samples and see your choices in all lighting and weather conditions. Moisture can intensify the color—and the color temperature—of materials, and rainy days are the perfect time to see whether you will be able to mix warm and cool tones or whether it’s best to stick to one temperature family.
Light vs. Dark Paving Stones
Light colored paving stones can make a space feel more expansive. Dark colored paving stones may make a space feel smaller. However, you don’t have to go by this theory on its own. You can also consider the available light in the space you will be paving.
If your backyard has a heavy amount of trees providing shade, for example, and you want the space to feel brighter, you may prefer the use of lighter paving stones such as Unilock Umbriano in Summer Wheat. If you want a wooded space to feel intimate—like a secret woodsy hideaway—choose a darker yet earthy paving stone such as Unilock Richcliff in Dawn Mist.
Open, spacious expanses of lawn are perfectly suited for mid-tone patios that integrate into the landscape.
Narrowing Down the Options
Once you’ve decided on the tone (cool, neutral, or warm) and whether the space is better suited to light, medium, or dark colors, you can fine-tune your color choices.
An outdoor space is its own entity and should be treated as such by using complementary colors that bring out the individual characteristics of each material.
To further tie the hardscape into the surrounding landscape, first choose a color and tone that works best with the home and landscape, and use accents to tie the look together. Accents are an opportunity to pick up a color from the surroundings.
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