Posted on 26th August 2022
If you have been thinking about designing a patio or garden path, remember that there are no hard-and-fast rules on using only one material type in the area. At Stone & Surfaces Direct, we have a range of natural stone materials suitable for creating the perfect garden.
To create an aesthetically pleasing patio or pathway, combining natural stone paving with decorative gravel is a great way to achieve a unique and cost-effective finish.
What to consider
As opposed to filling the spaces between paving with mortar, gravel is much easier to use and can often look better on the eye. Using decorative aggregates between patio slabs also prevents rainwater runoff and is a sustainable drainage solution.
So, gravel is not only a more ecologically friendly solution, it gives a more natural aesthetic too.
Designing your patio
It’s time to think about the paving you want and the size you think is most suitable, as well as how big you want the gap to be between the gravel and paving tiles.
The shape of the paving slabs you choose have a big impact on the end result. For example square patio slabs offer a tidy and modern feel to any garden, whilst irregular natural stone paving offers an organic appearance.
View our stunning range of natural stone paving here. We offer an extensive range of limestone, sandstone and quartzite stone patio slabs.
Choosing decorative aggregates
Once you have decided on the paving for your garden project, you need to consider what decorative aggregates you want next. Do you want gravel to complement the colour of the paving you’ve chosen or do you want them to contrast?
Generally, both designs work well, therefore it is down to individual choice and what you want to achieve with the overall finished look. However we would recommend choosing stones that aren’t too small, to prevent them getting lodged into the soles of your guests shoes.
When you have narrowed down an idea of what colour you want, consider the type of stone you want to use. At Stone & Surfaces Direct we offer choices on gravel, slate aggregates, pebbles and paddlestones.
With over 25 years of experience distributing natural stone paving, porcelain paving, aggregates, rockeries and interior solutions worldwide; Stone & Surfaces Direct are the people to help you achieve the perfect patio, garden, or home interior.
Talk to one of our experienced stone professionals about your specific needs today.