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Incorporating pavers into your outdoor color scheme

Incorporating pavers into your outdoor color scheme

May 05 2016

Your front yard and backyard design can exude just as much creativity and character as your indoor decor. Beyond adding outdoor elements like pergolas and barbecue islands, looking at the finer points, like colors and other aesthetic details, will help you develop the yard of your dreams. Of course, coordination is key, and your pavers are no exception to this strategy of cohesion. Here's how to match your pavers with your outdoor color scheme:

Rely on the color wheel
Fortunately for homeowners who crave options, incorporating pavers into the colors of your outdoor scene doesn't mean everything must be green, blue or gray - the hues found naturally outside. On the contrary, with the help of the color wheel, you can use several shades - so long as they coordinate.

As HGTV's explanation of the color wheel highlighted, if you're aiming to include a dynamic duo in your space, opt for two colors either right next to each other (analogous) or directly across from one another (complementary) on the color wheel. Some examples of the former method include orange and yellow, pink and red, and blue and purple. For the complementary route, common combinations are red and green as well as blue and yellow.

Looking for even more choices? Try the triad way with fusions of green, orange and purple or red, yellow and blue. Of course, when it comes to pavers, these shades might be a burnt orange as opposed to a bright hue or a gray-blue rather than a light teal. Nevertheless, the color wheel concept applies.

Understand neutrals
Homeowners often have a love-hate relationship with neutrals. On the one hand, they go with any color, meaning you won't have to think twice about whether your design is effective. However, too much beige, brown and black can get a bit boring. As a property owner, you can certainly opt for beautiful brown and gray natural stones and pavers, but don't neglect color altogether. Incorporate brighter hues - if not in your pavers, then in other structures like water features or mailboxes.

Identify your current scheme
Once you understand which colors work together, it's important to identify the shades that already exist in your outdoor space. Of course, you'll have natural hues like a green lawn, but you should also look at other elements. For example, what color is the siding of your home? If it's a dark blue-gray, rustic oranges and yellows in your driveway pavers would fit well with a triad approach. When developing a custom patio in your backyard space, look at the colors in your barbecue island, fireplace or retaining walls.

Add some color flair
After creating a coordinating base between your home, driveway, patio and outdoor structures, you can start adding other elements that complement the color scheme. For example, if your pavers pick up shades of green, consider planting gardens with red roses, zinnias, celosias or peonies. Beyond landscape additions, you can also select outdoor furniture that goes with front and backyard design.

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