Searching for the best block paving for your project? Colour will inevitably be a key factor, with plenty of options to choose from. Fortunately, you can narrow this down quite a bit simply by considering the specific requirements of your project.
From matching and contrasting stones to practical aspects like stain resistance, there’s plenty to take into consideration. In this post, we’ll guide you through the selection process to find the best block paving colour for you.
One colour or multicoloured block paving
Among the different options of colour for block paving, the first decision to be made is between monotone or multicoloured. A monotone block consists of one single uniform colour, while multicoloured alternatives can blend two, three or more colours.
One colour block paving can be found in grey, red, charcoal and buff (also known as marigold or sunset). They look pure and sharp, adding contrast and definition, making them a good choice for small details on driveways or patios. Red paving blocks are commonly used in driveway and patio borders, for example.
Similarly, buff is a kind of yellow that looks bright and can be used to bring out features on a driveway. However, like red paving, it also highlights oil stains, tyre marks and dirt, which is why grey and charcoal paving are more popular choices for private driveway.
On the other hand, multicoloured block paving blends better with its surroundings. The most widely known mixed colours are autumn, brindle, heather and burnt oaker. Autumn is a combination of buff, red and brown, while brindle is the most commonly used colour in the UK, combining red and charcoal tones.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, heather combines browns, charcoal, red and buff for a purple appearance, while burnt oaker is a mixture of brown and charcoal pigments, making it a great multicoloured option for driveways and heavy traffic areas.
All different options of mixed colour blocks help hide stains as they don’t have one consistent colour. Naturally, that makes them a much better option for driveways, where tyre marks and oil stains cannot be avoided. On a multicoloured pavement, an oil stain would be lost between the different hues and tones.
Mix and match
Blending both monotone and multicoloured paving is a very useful technique when creating beautiful and practical block paved driveways. Using them to incorporate shapes such as circles diamonds into the design of your paving is also a good alternative.
An interesting combination is using brindle blocks with charcoal on the borders to provide a frame. Brindle matches the black from charcoal and hides the oil spots or other wear and tear. However, remember that charcoal blocks can vary in shade between batches, so be sure to buy them all at once, or mix them up when laying if they’re bought in two or more batches.
How to choose your colours of block paving
There is no final guide on choosing the best colour scheme. However, there are some universal considerations that apply to any project.
First, you should consider matching and contrasting your blocks with other things that define the style of the house like house bricks and fences. Making it all with the same tone may look monotonous, so try mix in it up with different, complementary colours of paving blocks. Combining monotone for small details and multicoloured blocks for large surfaces is an excellent choice.
… and the environment
Another consideration is the environment. The blend with the environment and surroundings is key for deciding on paving colour. Look around. Think about the buildings, walls, gardens, landscapes and rural vistas of urban bustle – everything you can see from your home. If you can find the colour that feels right with these surroundings then you’ve got your pick.
Try choosing a colour that blends with its immediate surroundings, but be careful not to choose a near-identical colour. Similar shades in walls and paving can overwhelm the eye and create a rather dull look. A more recommended approach would be to find a complementary palette and choose a slightly lighter or darker tone creating a differentiation between the paving and the walling. This would give a distinct look but without clashing.
A further fundamental consideration is maintenance. This comes more from a practical point of view, as we stated before, one colour blocks show marks and dirt much more than mix coloured ones. So, keep this in mind when choosing the block paving colours.
Don’t forget the light
Another element to consider is the interplay of light and shade. Contrast generally works well, such as choosing dark coloured block paving for light coloured environments. Lighter toned paving with dark surroundings can be a combination that works, however, lighter coloured blocks will show marks and stains much more than darker colour ones – even without too much light.
The final consideration for choosing the best block colour is personal taste. That’s one area where there are no rules. For some, red could be a fantastic colour and for others, it could be hideous. Evaluate all the appropriate considerations listed above, always keeping in mind that the final decision is for the person who will look at that patio or driveway every day.
Our final suggestion for choosing the best block paving colour is to use the same paving supplier for the whole project as there may be unwanted variations from one manufacturer to another. Tones may change, some will be vibrant while others quite flat and you wouldn’t want any surprises when setting up your paving.
Get some inspiration
If you want more inspiration for the colour of your paving, take a look at the range of top-quality paving products from Infinite Paving. We have a vast selection of different colours, types, shapes and sizes just waiting for you, all with free delivery and the best customer service.