Are you struggling to get started on your backyard makeover? Do you look at homes in your neighborhood and wish yours could have that sort of curb appeal? Rock, stone, pavers and manufactured stone can look great together with a little guidance anywhere on or around your home. Here are a few suggestions that may help you get started.
Look at Your Whole House
Step back and look at your home. See where you might want to add pavers, rock, manufactured stone or decorative boulders. Think about your home’s colors including the current colors of your siding, roof and any other exterior elements. The key to using rock and stone around your home and making it look great is to take one of the existing primary colors on your home and use it as a connecting element. Then choose another color rock or stone to feature the new space. Notice how in this image, the primary pavers used have some grey but also tans that coordinate with the columns and porch ceiling. The dark border ties the new patio in to the home’s roof.
Know the Purpose
What’s the purpose of the element or elements you’re looking to add? Once you decide on that, you’ll be able to narrow down a color or color palette for your new space because not all elements come in all colors. For example, if you’re purely looking at a decorative element, chances are good that you just want rocks and stone so you’ll be working with natural colors of tans, grays, whites, reds, and browns. If you’re adding a driveway or patio with pavers, your color options are a bit wider.
Although your main purpose may be a new patio, you’ll want to use more than just pavers if you’re looking to create a new space with appeal. You may change out the mulch in nearby flower beds with decorative gravel. You might want to add some larger decorative rocks and smaller stones to create a rock garden. Another option is to add manufactured stone to your home’s exterior either as a border around the base, on one part of the home or even re-do your porch columns with manufactured stone. This homeowner chose to add manufactured stone around the base of the home where it was previously concrete.
If you’re putting pavers down for a patio or driveway, consider a nice border with stones in a complementary color. In this example, the stones include colors from both the primary pavers and the border to finish out the element to the fence line. A new patio can really stand out when you add a border in a contrasting color. Create some visual interest in your new garden area by adding a few large rocks.
There are many ways to highlight your home with pavers, manufactured stone, and rocks. The Rock Place is ready to help you choose the right elements to highlight your home and make sure you have the right amount of each to finish the job. Call us today to schedule an appointment at (615) 459-9200 or come by 475 Wade Herrod Road in Smyrna to see some of the elements in person.