Do you want your garden to look great all year round? The perfect patio can blur the boundaries between inside and out, transforming your garden into an elegant continuation of your interiors. Once installed, patios are long-lasting and require very little maintenance.
Shape and sizes
When searching for paving slabs for your patio, it’s easy to play it safe and fall into the trap of only considering identical, square or rectangular slabs. Although there’s nothing wrong with that particular style, it’s worth thinking outside the box and checking out the other options. Creating a sophisticated patio doesn’t have to be boring. Curved or diamond slabs can create a playful yet smart design while using several misshaped tiles can create a mosaic look.
Paving slabs come in a wide range of textures, allowing you to perfectly match them to the aesthetic of your property. For a traditional, rustic garden, consider natural stone in dark neutral tones, and for a contemporary garden, try smooth, glossy porcelain slabs for a sleek look. Make use of free samples to help you experiment with different textures and discover which look best compliments your garden. Remember, if your garden space isn’t sheltered, opt for a non-slip finish, to minimise the chance of an accident.
Colours and patterns
Before choosing a colour, consider the theme of your house and whether you want it to continue to your garden. If your interior is modern and neat, white slabs would be perfect for continuing on the aesthetic. However, mud and dirt easily stand out on a white background, so your patio will need to be cleaned fairly often to maintain its opulence.
For a more exciting, child-friendly space, why not use colourful or patterned slabs? Painting old, plain patios is an easy way to brighten up your garden and give the slabs a new chance at life.
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Pebbles, gravel and small stones
Filler stones can be great to decorate the gaps between individual pavers and lawns. They come in a variety of colours and sizes and can be used to solve drainage issues. They’re quick, easy and can be bought by the bag, making this a great DIY project.
It’s important to make sure that the stones are stable enough not to fly around every time someone steps on them – this can quickly make your patio look messy. To prevent this, add filler stone to the gaps in the pavers at a slightly lower height than the slabs, preventing them from overflowing. Smaller slabs should be bordered with smaller stones, like pea gravel or decomposed granite, whereas bigger slabs with bigger gaps should be filled with bigger stones, like Mexican beach pebbles.
Bring your patio to life by adding lights, plants and maybe a few chairs! Adding lights allows you to enjoy your beautiful patio at night. But don’t worry – you don’t need to run electricity out to your garden, try using solar-powered lights. As well as charging themselves, these lights will turn on automatically as it starts to get dark, meaning you don’t have to worry about manually turning on each one.
Adding plants can break up the monotony of any single-coloured patio and will add texture and delicacy, creating a cosier, homely space. Hostas are great for shady patios, and look beautiful in pots, containers or when planted directly into the ground. Other plants good for softening the edges of a patio include lavender, catmint and pulmonarias.
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