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February 10, 2014

Choosing the Right Paving for Your Project and Your Pocket

Whether you are designing a new garden, or updating the one you already have, your choice of paving stones can really pull the finished look together. There are so many products on the market that the choice can seem bewildering. However, if you establish exactly the look and purpose of the required paving stones and a budget to work within, you should find that things become a lot clearer.


Your choice of paving stones can either fit in with the age of your home, or contrast with it. You could enhance a Victorian brick built property with paving of a similar style or colour. Conversely, you could contrast old and new by using more contemporary paving, such as slate or sandstone. Similarly, if you have a modern house, you could opt for up-to-the-minute styles but equally a traditional style could serve to highlight the innovative design of the property.

Light & Shade

Always consider the position of the area to be paved. If you are working in a shady space you should consider using lighter tones to really ‘lift’ the space. In a sunny spot an area of too light tiles can prove blinding, a more subtle effect may be more appropriate here.

Cleaning & Maintaining

If the paving is to be laid in a high traffic area, wear and tear needs to be taken into account. Lighter colored paving may show the dirt and need frequent cleaning. If this is not for you, choosing a darker style may work better. When choosing paving stones, always aim to see them ‘in situ’, and try to view them both wet and dry.


When budgeting for your paving stones, don’t forget to factor in the cost of getting them laid. Natural stone tends to come in pieces of varying thickness, and can be very heavy, which can be tricky to lay, even for a professional.

Popular Stones

Yorkstone paving isn’t cheap, but it looks great and will last a lifetime. These days it is possible to buy excellent imitation Yorkstone, which looks just like the real thing but at a fraction of the cost. There are a myriad of natural stones to choose from, from granite, and slate to limestone. For a charming rustic effect, you could choose to lay natural Indian paving slabs. Always make sure that you do your research and check that the stone you choose is suitable to cope with the worst that the changeable weather can throw at it.


If you are laying paving that will be walked on, you need to make sure you opt for a finish that has some grip form a safety point of view.

When planning garden landscaping, the paving you choose can really make or break the overall look of the project. Do your research and make sure you have chosen materials suitable for your needs. Putting in the groundwork before you begin the project will reap rewards further down the line. A well paved outside space can be used for a multitude of purposes, and will certainly add style and value to your home.

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