If you are planning a paving project, you need to familiarize yourself with various paving styles and designs. Selecting the paving pattern as well as how the paver is laid is crucial. The pattern that you will use will certainly change how the paved area will look and feel. Unlike paint colors, pavers are a permanent decision that you need to make. Changing the pavement would mean a costly error.
After considering the note above, you should have now your color choice. You might want to ask the trend for paver colors. Like paint, carpet and tiles, the trend is with warm neutral colors which include the colors white, cream, and gray. When considering the color, you should factor in the light and heat. If you have stark whites and grays as colors, they are glaring when sunlight strikes them directly. On the other hand, dark colors like dark gray and black will hold heat thus surface temperature will rise. On hot summer days, the pavement temperature could rise above 60 degrees. Also consider that the color that you will be choosing will affect the size of your space. It can create a visual illusion. Lighter colors tend to make a space look bigger while darker colors do the opposite. If you have a difficult time deciding, then go neutral. Neutral colors are the safer choices since you can easily match future enhancements when neutral colors are used.
The next thing that you need to consider is the paving pattern. One of the most used patterns is the Stackbond. This is great when you are using large square pavers. Perhaps this pattern is the simplest style visually. It has clean and straight lines with a contemporary feel on it but with sophistication. The diamond pattern is a variation from Stackbond. This pattern is installed on a 45 degree from the line of sight. This pattern is used in small and medium sized areas. Another pattern is the Stretcherbond. This is a traditional pattern that has a classic feel and look to it. It is done like cobble stone pavements. It is usually used with small rectangular pavers.