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When choosing hardscape products, first consider the architectural style of your home, the surrounding landscape, and the size and function of the future hardscaped area. Your contractor can help guide you through the selection process. Browsing products by Collection will also help narrow the choices.
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Choosing Paver Colors

Contemporary designs tend towards monochromatic color schemes. However, you can add character by combining colors or using blended hues. Keep in mind that lighter colors reflect light and open up your space, while darker tones absorb light and can add a cozy quality. You should also consider how much sunlight a space gets, as colors can shift over time due to UV exposure, especially if sealant isn’t properly maintained.

Choosing Paver Shapes and Patterns

Paver shapes and installation patterns should complement the architectural style of your home. For example, contemporary architecture often works best with larger paver shapes laid in simple or modular patterns. Ornate Victorian-style homes can work well with equally ornate paver patterns that mimic architectural accents. The style of a rectangular Colonial home can be complemented by brick-shaped or cobbled pavers. Also, the right paver pattern can also help trick the eye to make a space seem larger or help it blend with the surrounding landscape.

Patterns based on architecture

Choosing Paver Textures

The driving trend in modern outdoor living design is to create a continuation of the indoor living environment. For best outcomes, choose a texture that complements both the interior and the exterior of your home so that everything works together as one continuous, flowing design. Texture styles can range from smooth, contemporary finishes to various interpretations of wood and natural stone.

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 in the Belgard Natural Collection 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.

Bringing 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.

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