How to Choose the Right Paving

When choosing the design of your garden, each individual element needs to be considered for the overall look of your outdoor space. Regardless of the season or the weather, your paving will stay in the same condition throughout the year, so ensuring you have the right stone to compliment the rest of your garden is essential.

To help you achieve the perfect design for your garden space, this article looks at some of the key features you should consider when choosing your garden paving.

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Your paving should reflect the same style you’ve designed for your home and garden, acting as a complimentary segue between the house and the outdoors. You could opt for a more traditional look with riven slabs to suit a homely, rustic feel, or choose a modern sawn stone for a sleek, contemporary look.

Likewise, the colour of your stones can be instrumental in the look of the rest of your garden space. Lighter stone is perfect for a bright, open look, whilst darker stones can compliment a modern garden area perfectly.


The size of your paving slabs should be in proportion to the size of your garden – large slabs in a small space can drown out the rest of the features, whilst small slabs are better suited to a smaller area.


There are a few options for your paving slab material, the main choices being natural stone or reconstituted stone.

Natural stone is effective in providing a rustic edge to your paving, with each stone having a unique quality and texture to it. Natural stone is extremely hard wearing and durable, so makes a great choice for paving that can withstand the test of time.

Reconstituted stone, on the other hand, provides a more affordable option using pressed slabs to create a uniform, smooth product. This option can be a great choice for those wanting a more decorative effect due to the wider range of options available.


The quality of stone you choose for your garden should also depend on how often you will use the path, and what for. If your paving will see a lot of traffic and wear and tear, choosing a higher quality, durable stone with low maintenance requirements will be a better investment in the long-term.

However, if you would prefer your paving to serve more as decoration than for functionality, a most cost effective option will ensure your garden looks great for a fraction of the price.

We offer high quality paving services here at R&J Landscapes, covering all aspects of the job from supplying your materials, to fitting your patio professionally. We can provide a range of materials to suit your needs, and our expert team are always on hand to provide any advice on the right patio for your garden space.

To discuss your plans further or for more information on the services we provide, simply contact our friendly team today and we’ll be happy to help.