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Adding or extending your outdoor living space is exciting, but how do you choose the right color palette for pavers and wall stones? There’s plenty to consider, and it can be overwhelming to figure out what colors and styles will compliment the style of your home and landscaping.

You’ve probably been looking for inspiration in magazines, online, and even at the other homes in Moline. Checking out other homes, magazines, and ideas on Pinterest is an excellent place to start. It’ll help you nail down the style you love, and the colors you prefer. But, before you make an impulse purchase of the exact wall stones and pavers from a favourite photo, come down and have a chat with our professional designers at Meyer Landscape.


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Things to Consider When Deciding Color Palettes

1. Existing Decor & Style: The first important item to think about is the color palette and style used on the exterior of your home. You’ll want to choose pavers and wall stones that complement the design of your home. It can be very complementary to tie into accent colors on your home, like roofing or trim. If you have existing hardscapes, you’ll likely want to choose complementary colors and paving patterns to tie the design together. High contrast with complementary colors can be very appealing. If you bring a photo of the outside of your house our designers can help you identify colors and styles that would be complementary.

2. Warm vs. Cool Colors: Colors exist on a spectrum of warm to cool temperatures. Warm colors have yellow or orange undertones and cool colors have blue or green undertones. Classic red bricks, terracotta roof tiles, and most tan or brown siding options are warm. Grey or black river rock, concrete breeze blocks, and slate are generally cool. You’re existing exteriors, siding, roof, or brickwork, will fall into either a warm or cool spectrum. You don’t want to mix warm and cool colors, they don’t usually complement each other well. It can be quite jarring and unpleasant to see warm colors next to cool colors. We can help you figure out what color temperature you already have on your home, and find options to suit it.

3. Accent Colors: With paving stones and rock work you can add accent colors in a variety of ways. You could add a design or pattern, or contrasting edging to a path or patio. With stone work you could add contrast with the cap row, or with layering. You can also pick an accent color from your home’s color palette, perhaps from painted shutters or trim work, or from your landscaping, like a swimming pool or from a favourite feature tree. Adding an accent color ties your home, patio, and yard design together cohesively.


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4. Style: The type of material you choose will affect the color. With commercially produced options, like red brick, you’ll have fairly consistent color across the batch. With black slate you’ll also have pretty consistent color. But other natural rock, like granite and river rock will have color variation within each piece. The texture of a material will also affect the appearance and vibrancy of colors.

5. Sun Exposure: If your patio area has long hours of sun exposure, pavers and wall stones may fade or shift color slightly over time. This change may not seem drastic but if you have to replace a paver after a few years you’ll probably notice a difference. Hours and hours of sunlight can also significantly raise the temperature of dark colored materials. Our beautiful summer days in Moline can get quite hot. You probably want to make sure your family can safely walk barefoot on your patio, so think about how much sun it gets. Options like black slate can become painfully hot and even dangerous to walk on after too much sun exposure.


Before you commit to any style or color palette, it’s a good idea to take home samples of the pavers and wall stones you’re considering, and see how they look in your yard. It can also be helpful to see the options you’re considering as an installation. Whether that’s in photos or at a location in Moline that you can check out, it’ll help you get a sense of how the options will look on a grander scale.


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It might seem like choosing a color palette for pavers and wall stones in your new outdoor living space is overwhelming and difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Our design experts can make the process fun. With photos of your yard and home, and of patio designs you love, we can brainstorm ideas together and come up with a plan that will complement your home perfectly. Whether you want to make a bold statement with strong colors and textures, or blend new with old to emphasize and highlight the landscape, we’ve got ideas.

Come by Meyer and have a chat, let’s make your outdoor living dream space a reality.

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