Which Size Is Best for Your Patio Pavers in Camden, DE?
The title image features a Bristol Valley patio with Basalt Copthorne accents and Brussels Dimensional System verticals.
Choosing the right pavers for your patio is a big decision. If you’re wondering which size is best for your patio pavers in Camden, DE, here’s a handy guide on getting started to achieve the look you want.
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Guidelines for Choosing Patio Pavers
The choice over paver size is definitely not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Typically, small format pavers are ideal for intimate and more rustic or traditional settings, and large format pavers offer a sleeker look that may be ideal for more spacious and modern settings.
But that’s just a starting point and is by no means a rule you must follow. Instead of looking at the size of the space and matching the size of the pavers to the size of the patio, consider the feeling you want to establish. Do you want a smaller patio to feel intimate and cozy, or do you want it to feel more spacious? For the latter, use a larger format paver; and if you want it to feel cozy, use a smaller paver. The same goes for larger spaces. Use smaller pavers to visually shrink a space that feels too big, or embrace the spaciousness with oversized pavers.
Recommend Pavers by Size
A wonderful option if you’re not sure is to choose pavers that are available in multiple sizes. Unilock Brussels Block pavers are available in three sizes: 7″ x 4.125″, 8.25″ x 6.75″, and 13.75″ x 8.25. If you mix these three sizes in an easygoing ashlar pattern, the eye is encouraged to wander around the patio instead of being drawn in any particular direction. This de-emphasizes the patio size, and instead brings your attention to the materials.
Paver textures also affect how the paver will look in a given space. Unilock Beacon Hill Flagstone features a subtle flagstone texture inspired by natural cut flagstone. This paver is available in a random bundle of three sizes (21.25″ x 14.125″, 14.125″ x 14.125″, and 14.125″ x 7.125″). When these pavers are laid in an ashlar pattern, the look is relaxed and casual; since the eye is not drawn in any particular direction, the emphasis remains on the materials. An extra large rectangle (34.625″ x 20.875″) is also available. Using this XL paver alone in the same space, the patio would feel more spacious, with cleaner lines (especially when the jointing sand is the same color as the pavers). The three-size option is perfect for most applications while some may view the large format as ideal for minimalist settings.
The impact of paver colors is also important. Light colors can make a space feel larger and dark colors make it feel smaller. But it’s important to consider the surroundings. For example, the slender, elongated Unilock Mattoni pavers are available in two warm colors: Cocoa Brown and Sable Blend, as well as Dark Charcoal. The warm shades help integrate the patio into the surroundings; this blended effect creates the optical illusion of a larger space. By contrast, a very light patio—regardless of the size of the pavers—would stick out from the surroundings. The eye would then be drawn to the perimeter, emphasizing the size of the patio.
Start with identifying the feeling you want, and then take inspiration from the Unilock Design Idea Catalog to continue the process of choosing pavers for your perfect patio.