Adding Color and Texture to Your Outdoor Room Through HardscapesPosted: January 30, 2012
When designing an outdoor paver project, one of the most important decisions is choosing colors and textures that fit your personality. Deciding what is right for you and your home can be a daunting task, but these tips should help you navigate the process with ease and result in a beautiful outdoor living space.
You probably brighten up a kitchen or bedroom with vibrant paint colors and accessories that pop – your outdoor space is no different. Don’t be afraid to “paint” with pavers and choose colors that make an impact. The best advice is to select hues that work in harmony with your home environment: pavers a few shades lighter than the color of your house won’t compete for attention; gray-toned pavers used with brick houses eliminate the urge to match everything; and, brick-colored pavers add warmth to wood or stone houses.
Here are a few things to consider when selecting your paver colors:
- Choose pavers with similar tones for a coordinated effect. Light colors reflect the light and open up an area, whereas darker tones absorb light and make areas appear smaller.
- A multicolor blend is a paver with more than one color. It can be a blend of two, three, or more colors. Multicolored pavers blend better with their surroundings. Most minor stains are thoroughly camouflaged in the multitude of hues and tones.
- When designing an area, it’s wise to consider where the sun hits, how long it stays sunny in that location, and how much shade is being cast there. Do you want to make that area look larger or smaller?
What colors draw your eye?
Texture is just as much fun to play with as color when selecting pavers. With such a wide variety of textures, you shouldn’t feel the need to settle on just one to create a stunning outdoor space. Adding multiple textures to your design can add even more interest. Textures can be suited to meet your practical needs as well. Smoother, more rounded surfaces are ideal in high-traffic areas or swimming pool decks.
Here are the three basic types of textures:
- Natural texture is characterized by uneven contouring in varying degrees to create a more organic look.
- Classic texture is characterized by a smooth surface with angles or rounded chamfer.
- Antique texture has a surface that recalls the rugged, time-honored feel of old European brick.
Which texture best fits your personality?
Choosing the right colors and textures for your space can make all the difference – happy designing!