Summer is almost here and it’s time to take our leisure activities outdoors. One of the great things about outdoor paving is its versatility. Paving materials range from the very practical to the subtly aesthetic to the downright artistic. We’ve put together some of our favourite ideas for creative ways you can use pavers around your home or business.

Patio Paving - Slabs with Cobble Border

Elegant Rustic Outdoor Settings

If you enjoy outdoor dining, entertaining, or for family fun, you can use outdoor paving to beautifully define a space for these activities. First, decide on your choice of outdoor flooring – coloured concrete pavers, natural stone like limestone, or travertine pavers are all wonderful options. Lay these pavers out in a somewhat randomised fashion, leaving space between the pavers for grass or moss to grow. This will create a solid enough space for tables and chairs while giving an impression of unplanned elegance.

Make Your Walkway a Work of Art

Because pavers come in a range of shapes and colours, and can be arranged in any number of ways, they can be used to create eye-catching paths. Arrange your pavers to form repeating patterns, different designs, even different colours and shapes along your path. This will greatly increase your property’s kerb value and is sure to impress guests.

Bond Paver Pattern

Go Vertical

While outdoor paving is generally about horizontal applications – pathways, driveways, patios, etc. – there’s no reason you can’t build with them as well. If you like to entertain you can use the same pavers to build a fire pit to keep guests warm, or use as a braai. This will give the impression of your fire pit simply rising out of the courtyard, a very cool look!

Highlight Features using Paving

If your paved area includes a feature like a statue or a waterfall, you can use pavers to highlight it. By arranging interlocking, scattered, or fragmented stone or concrete pavers around the object in a circular fashion, you will draw the eye to the feature and frame it in a pleasing way.

Courtyard Paving - Vintage Pavers

The Ultimate Game of Chess

Love playing chess? Use large, square paving stones to create an outdoor chess board. You can either use alternating black and white pavers or let artificial grass stand in for black. Invest in some oversize chess pieces and you’re ready for a game of full body chess.

Outdoor pavers can truly bring your garden and your imagination to life. To get all the paving advice and installation you need,  get in touch with our QPave team to discuss your needs.