Choosing a color scheme for your outdoor spaces is a big decision. You want colors that harmonize with the home and the landscape, express your style, and offer the most practicality for a given space. Here are some tips on how to choose a color palette for your paver patio in New Albany, OH.
What Color Is Your Home?
Whether your style is warm and earthy, cool and sophisticated, understated or bold, the first place to get color inspiration is your home. What are the dominant colors and tones of your home? Is your home neutral, warm, or cool? Is it light, dark, or mid-tone? And do you plan on keeping these colors? Many people base their paver color choices on the home’s roof or any masonry siding (painted siding is always changeable, but roofs and masonry siding are considered more permanent).
For the most pleasing look, pick up the home’s dominant color in accents and borders; in the main paver field, choose a color that complements the home’s dominant color.
What Is the Look You Want to Achieve?
Think about how you want to feel in your outdoor space. Trust your instincts: what colors appeal to you the most in achieving this feeling? Cool, neutral tones and monochromatic designs lend themselves to soothing, elegant spaces. Warm, vibrant colors are energizing and fun, making them perfect for a patio that will see lots of summertime parties. Make a formal home feel more relaxed using warm earth tones. Neutralize the reds of a brick facade with cooler tones such as bluestone or granite.
Choose Colors That Make You Feel Good!
Whether we’re conscious of it or not, colors have an emotional impact. Choose colors you’ll be happy to see every day in all weather conditions. All pavers become darker when they’re wet, and in some cases the color may become too saturated for your taste. Bring some samples home and see how they look wet, dry, and in various light conditions.
Work With the Space and the Light
Light colored pavers make a space feel larger, and dark colored pavers make a space feel smaller. However, don’t get stuck on this rule! Consider things like sun exposure and the brightness or darkness of the surrounding landscape. For example, you may want to visually enlarge a small patio, but if it’s in a sunny spot that’s surrounded by a lawn, light colors could be too blinding. Alternatively, very dark pavers in a sunny exposed spot may become uncomfortably hot on bare feet. A light-colored patio in a darker wooded setting could be too contrasting against the greenery. But, dark pavers can make the space feel cold. In both of these examples, you may get better results with mid-toned pavers that seamlessly blend into the space. If your outdoor space is that perfect combination of shade and light, you will have more flexibility in choosing colors.
Color Pairings That Work
Pair colors to achieve a good balance. Go for a dramatic and fun look with bold contrasts; or achieve a more serene sophisticated look with subtle contrast. Look at how your favorite pavers look with various accent pavers in all light and weather conditions.
We specialize in creating outdoor spaces that delight the eye. Our designers can help you make the best choices, and our expert installers will deliver an outdoor space you’ll be thrilled to see every day!