Explore design principles and expert advice to help guide you to the perfect space that matches your style.

The basics of good outdoor living design

Bringing your backyard design dreams to life begins with making a few basic decisions based on what kinds of activities take place there and how each space will accommodate them. Whether you're building a walkway from your driveway to your front door or an intimate garden gazebo, you'll need to consider your personal likes and preferences and how they'll impact your design.

  1. Use your strengths.

    Work with, not against, the architecture of your home and its relation to your property. Particular accents and angles should be thoughtfully incorporated into your outdoor plan.

  2. Begin at focal points

    Extend visual lines from your home's corners, doors and windows to create shapes that integrate your landscape design into the architecture.

  3. Breathing room

    When deciding on a size for your outdoor rooms, look at more than the size of your chairs and tables: think about the room you'll need when chairs are pulled out, areas where guests will mingle, and the overall flow of the space.

  4. "Spokes on a wheel"

    Design areas of visual interest off of your major axis points. The sight line from your back door or kitchen window should lead to a beautiful water feature, an intimate sitting area, or a vine-covered garden wall. These focal points guide the eye.


Complete your look with color

There's no mystery to figuring out the perfect hues for your new Belgard hardscape, just a bit of planning and consideration up front. The best advice when choosing Belgard paver colors is to select hues that work in harmony with your home environment. Pavers that are 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 many of us have to try to match everything. Brick-colored pavers add warmth to wood or stone houses. You can avoid monotony by combining two colors or by using pavers with blended colors.

  1. Tones in stones

    Choose pavers with similar tones for a coordinated effect. Lighter colors reflect the light and open up an area, whereas darker tones absorb light and make areas appear smaller.

  2. Blended is beautiful

    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 well with their surroundings. Most minor stains are thoroughly camouflaged in the multitude of hues and tones.

  3. Follow the sun

    When designing an area, consider where the sun hits, how long it stays sunny in that location and how much shade is being cast there. Colors and hues can shift depending on the strength of the sunlight; in general, darker colors have more of a grounding effect and absorb light, where lighter colors reflect light up and can visually expand a smaller space.

  4. The desired effect

    Knowing beforehand what specific effect you are striving for is paramount in selecting the perfect Belgard paver colors for your home. The area to be paved can blend in calmly to create a subdued appearance or it can appear more vivid to spice up subdued surroundings. The choice is yours.


Explore the possibilities of shapes and patterns

Belgard's Natural, Classic and Transitional paver styles allow your artistic flair to flourish. Here are a few helpful tips. For simple structures with straight lines and little ornamentation, pavers with geometric shapes installed in a simple pattern work nicely. For ornate Victorian-style houses, repeated curves of arched windows and doors can be echoed through the design of curved edges. For rectangular colonial styles, repeat the shape by using brick-shaped pavers.

  1. Running patterns

    The patterns you choose will help create the unique look you're after. Narrow spaces like paths and alleys can be designed to appear wider simply by laying the pavers on a diagonal or in rows running across the area.

  2. Modular patterns

    Wide spaces can seem narrower simply by running rectangular pavers the length of the area. Large expanses require greater visual interest and provide a great opportunity to let your imagination run free.

  3. Random patterns

    The Belgard Collection's versatility gives you the ability to design and create circles, curves, fan-shaped patterns and much more. Pavers featured in our Natural Collection can be arranged such that the pattern is barely visible, for a truly random feel.


What's your vision?

Bring your designs to life with our Project Visualizer, where you can experiment with different styles and explore your creativity. With groundbreaking technology, our Project Visualizer allows homeowners to illustrate and communicate their artistic vision with landscape designers and construction professionals, before a project has begun. So you can see your dream and tweak it to perfection it before it becomes a reality.