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Paver Patio Design Basics

How to choose colors, shapes, and patterns


Your paver colors should harmonize with the tones of your home environment, which is why we offer many paver color options. You can avoid monotony by combining colors, or by using blended hues to provide a little character your driveway, walkway, or patio paver design. Remember, not everything needs to match perfectly. Hardscape colors should complement your home and tie the entire space together. Understanding your vision before you start your outdoor project is crucial in choosing paver colors. This will help you and your contractor match tones with intent.

  1. DECIDE BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK. We recommend choosing paver colors with similar tones for a coordinated effect. Lighter colors reflect light better and open up your space, while darker tones absorb light to create the opposite effect.
  2. CONSIDER THE BENEFITS OF BLENDING. A multicolor blend combines two or more colors in a single paver. They’re perfect for building a new space into an environment, and for camouflaging minor stains that can happen over time.
  3. WORK WITH THE SUN. When designing your hardscape project, it’s important to consider where the sun hits and for how long. Colors can shift over time depending on the strength of the sunlight.



Natural, Classic and Transitional paver styles from Belgard give you the freedom to realize your vision in a variety of ways. From dynamic masterpieces to projects of simple, understated beauty—anything is possible with the right paver and a little planning.

Patterns Based on Architecture

Looking to match the architectural qualities of your home? Whether its a paver driveway design or patio paver designs, here are a few considerations:

  • For homes with straight lines, geometric pavers in simple patterns will complement them nicely.
  • For ornate Victorian-style homes, echo the arched windows and doors with your paver patterns.
  • For rectangular Colonial homes, repeat the look by using brick-shaped pavers.

Patterns Based on Paver Shape

Have a specific look you’d like to accomplish with pavers? Here are a few suggestions:

  • To help narrow areas like walkways appear wider, consider laying pavers in diagonal or horizontal rows.
  • Help larger areas feel tight and unified by using grids of rectangular pavers.
  • Pavers can be arranged so the pattern is barely visible, for a truly random feel.

Product Selection

Before falling in love with the style or color of a particular hardscape product, first consider the architectural style of your home, the surrounding landscape, and the size and function of the future hardscaped area. Discuss these considerations with your contractor, who can help guide you through the selection process.

Bring the Inside Out

The driving trend in modern outdoor living design is to create a continuation of the indoor living environment. For the best outcome, choose styles that complement both the interior and the exterior of your home so that everything works together as one continuous, flowing design.

Ready to get started with your project? Dogwood Landscaping can assist with choosing the perfect paver for your project. Contact us HERE or by calling 678-368-7000. And remember… Your Backyard Has Dreams Too!