Last Updated Jun 21, 2016 · Written by Rob Schneider
It's easy to pick one type of paver and lay it everywhere in your yard. It takes a little more thought to get creative with pavers, but it's worth the extra effort. These five outdoor paving options for your yard will help stimulate your imagination.
A straight line of pavers will be easy enough to follow, but may not be visually appealing. Instead of just laying pavers, think about ways you can mix pavers with pebbles to create a more appealing surface. Pebbles can line the edges of your path or you can put them between paving steps.
It's tempting to lay pavers of the same size in a pattern, but think about laying them in a freeform design instead. They look more natural when they aren't all uniform in size or shape and you can create a fascinating pattern that will enhance the appearance of your yard.
You've found a paver you love and want to cover your patio with it. Before you do, ask yourself if mixing it with another material will make your pavers look better and add to the appeal of your patio. Mixing materials can draw the eye to the pavers and add an extra element of style to your patio.
Mixing materials can also be a good idea for a garden path. If you want a wide path, one material might make the path appear too wide. Make the centre narrower and add contrasting pavers on the sides of the path to create a more dramatic garden path.
You may have one paving pattern in mind and it might be perfect for the bulk of your paving. You don't need to stick with one pattern, though. Change the pattern and you can still create a harmonious look and make your paving even more stylish and appealing.
Another way to create a more interesting pattern is to vary your pattern. This can work well on a long path that might look too straight and uniform without an additional element.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but will a straight line look best in your garden? Nature is rarely linear. Adding a meandering path is more natural and can make your path fit into your landscape better.
For more inspiration, visit our Paving Ideas photo pages. You're sure to find ideas for your patio, paths and other paved areas in your yard.