Top tips for a stylish and functional garden


Wednesday, 07 October, 2015

Top tips for a stylish and functional garden

Home owners adding new functional spaces to outdoor areas this summer can create on-trend landscaping designs with grey pavers, according to Boral.

Grey tones can provide a sleek and modern look for broader landscaping visions. The darker, neutral tones contrast with the earthy hues of timber decking or screening and the greens and blues of surrounding garden and pool areas. The finished look is visually interesting and allows the pavers to shine as a design feature in their own right.

“With their prevalence in this year's hit renovation shows, grey pavers are expected to be a popular choice this summer," said Mark Dell, national sales and marketing manager of Boral Roofing & Masonry East.

For added appeal and depth, home owners can lay pavers in interesting patterns or combine different colours.

Adding a paved area can enhance the functionality of outdoor spaces and create different lifestyle zones. In addition to using pavers for pool surrounds and barbecue areas, home owners can add practical new design elements to their garden. A path adds an access point to the home and can enhance street appeal, while a small paved pergola area can create a reading nook or tranquil area for afternoon tea.

Top tips for a better garden

  • Before making any changes, draw a simple plan of the existing area and mark all the key points. Think about how the space will be used and pencil in your design ideas, remembering to account for paved areas, access points, landscaping, furniture and shade requirements.
  • For driveways, use extra-strong, thicker pavers designed to withstand vehicle weight. Add a touch of style with a contrasting border.
  • Direct traffic and reduce the amount of dirt carried into the home with a new path. Laying pavers in a stretcher bond pattern across the width of the path can make it appear more substantial.
  • Add a paved area to reduce the size of the lawn and the time spent mowing. A pergola and outdoor furniture can help to create a functional space for the family.
  • Pave poolside areas for more usable space. Choose bullnose pavers for a smoother finish around pool edges, and remember to seal pavers to protect them from salt and chlorine damage.
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