7 Tips for a Paver Patio That Really Pops

Alison Kasch
Written by Alison Kasch
Updated November 10, 2021
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Follow the yellow brick road to these creative ideas for your paver patio

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Your patio paves the way to a world of possibilities—and there are endless pavers to accommodate. From pops of color to interlocking designs, the right foundation can bring your outdoor setup to life. Here’s some inspiration to get you started.

1. Draw in Colors From Your Yard and Decor

Just like The Dude’s rug, pulling in colors from the surrounding area will really “tie the room together.” Match the colors in your paver bricks to your home’s siding or even the landscaping. 

But don’t stop there: Maintain this visually-pleasing concept throughout the rest of your setup and draw inspiration from everything you see. 

For instance, those purple petunias would look gorgeous next to matching throw pillows on your outdoor sofa, which could tie in with purple accents on your pavers. Before long, your color coordinating genius will have created the ultimate cohesive landscape.

2. Create Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

Your outdoor space is chock-full of possibilities to expand the living areas of your home. You don’t even need to be Scrooge McDuck to create a luxurious outdoor living space—you just have to get creative and make the most out of your budget. 

For example, with some smart outdoor kitchen ideas on a budget, like a portable grill and kitchen, you can create a basic setup for under $1,000. Apply these principles to your outdoor bar, dining area, or any other projects you plan. Write everything down and get your fingers ready for some Google-ing. You got this.

3. Feature Contrasting Colors and Textures

Patterned contrasting brick patio
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There’s no rule in patio paving that says you have to maintain the same pavers throughout. Choose varying types of pavers that add visual interest and character to the space. No vision is too abstract. A brick paver company in your area can help you bring it to life.

4. Play With Patterns

To create an interesting yet structured look, choose different brick patterns to define your paver patio. For example, line the edges with different bricks or create a colorful mosaic. If you can dream it, you can do it.

5. Surround Your Paver Patio With Lush Landscaping

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There’s nothing like having an outdoor patio space surrounded by fragrant flowers and vibrant greenery. Healthy landscaping also increases your home’s curb appeal, which is always a bonus. 

Develop a landscaping plan that perfectly accents your paver patio, and get in touch with a landscape designer near you if you need help executing your vision; they’ll have lots of creative patio paver design tips.

6. Lead in With a Walkway

There’s something magical and “The Secret Garden”-esque about a winding walkway. As a bonus, it can help distance your conversation area away from the home, creating a more secluded space that won’t disturb sleeping kiddos on Fire Pit Fridays

The possibilities are literally endless for this project: You can line the edges with colorful plants, landscape lights, flowering hedges, or whatever else captures your fancy. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, you can even do a DIY paver walkway to shave some money off your budget.

7. Start Small

Backyard patio sitting area
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Don’t have the time or the funds to execute all your paver patio plans? No worries—start small and add more when you can. Create a vision board filled with home landscaping ideas, your dream patio furniture setup, patterns you love, and anything else that inspires you.

Then, prioritize and tackle small projects one at a time. Be sure to take before-and-after pictures along the way to remind yourself how much progress you’ve made.

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