Gorgeous Gravel Patio Ideas
Inexpensive and easy to install, gravel patios live green and stylishly. They drain quickly, require little maintenance, and supply attractive anchors for every type of outdoor decor.
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Grayish gravel provides an unrefined complement for weathered furniture finishes, concrete and marble garden ornaments, leafy foliage, and vibrant flowers. Opt for tan or gray gravel when you want to create organic, neutral character; use gold, brown, white, and rust gravels to create high-impact patio floors.
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Old World Foundations
Gravel patios work especially well with European-inspired homes and Mediterranean landscapes. This tiny seating area, conveniently situated one step down from bright blue doors, provides space for a bistro table and chairs meant for enjoying morning coffee and evening cocktails.
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You'll find gravel in shades of brown, gray, white, gold, rust, and as color mixtures. For a naturally pleasing look, select lighter hued pebbles that coordinate with your home's exterior color palette.
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Use gravel to tailor-make a patio that complements your home and lifestyle. Build a gridlike framework from weather-resistant boards and shovel gravel into alternating squares. Complete the alfresco artwork by inserting flagstones, concrete stepping-stones, and planting beds around the gravel-filled squares.
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Even a novice do-it-yourselfer can easily change the lay of the land using a little elbow grease and gravel. Wheel in barrows of gravel to create sitting areas in outlying gardens. Want to keep the gravel out of lawns and plants? Outline the patio's shape with edging and then fill in the outline with gravel.
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Gravel beds stretch the utility of a ground-level deck. While the deck supplies a stable surface for an outdoor living area, the gravel borders accommodate a room's finishing touches, including colorfully planted containers and garden areas for drought-tolerant plants.
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Need more outdoor entertaining space, but short on cash? Extend existing patios with gravel-floored additions sized to suit your needs. This gravel patio made way for an island that provides buffet serving surfaces and bar seating close to the outdoor dining room.
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Look to your surroundings and furnishings for color inspiration when selecting a gravel mix. This rooftop gravel patio takes its color cue from nearby steel and concrete skyscrapers, but also boasts brownish tones that echo the earthy tones of the furniture fabric and finishes.
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Think about maintenance and foot traffic when selecting gravel for your patio. Gravel is commonly available as pebbles or stones with 1/4-inch, 1/2-inch, and 5/8-inch diameters. Smaller pebbles and round pea gravels give way to your weight and are most comfortable to walk on. The irregular edges on larger stones lock together, which prevents rocks from spilling outside a patio's edging.
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A sunken design and rustic flagstone walls ensure that gravel doesn't spill into the adjoining gardens and lawn. The smallish gravel mimics the various colors seen in the stacked stones and the fireplace to generate a pleasingly cohesive composition.
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Stepping-stones inset in a gravel base carry foot traffic from the concrete walk to a strategically placed garden bench. The gravel and circular stones create a captivating design that's especially agreeable when viewed from the deck above.
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Rock of Ages
Crushed gravel and decomposed granite fashion handsome floors that feel good underfoot. In this backyard haven, a gray-tone floor offers a soft counterpoint to the caged-boulder border, a stone-ringed fire pit, and a glass-topped table crafted from fencing and rocks.
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Gravel patios and pathways pair beautifully with Tuscan villas, Spanish haciendas, and modern desert homes. Plain and pliant, gravel floors nicely balance these homes' stucco exteriors and stone details, while referencing sandy and gravelly elements found in arid regions.
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Amplifying alfresco living opportunities in a most stylish way, a raised framework topped with gravel creates a bonus sitting room a few steps up from this home's main patio. The gravel foundation supplies a rough-textured base that showcases straight-lined furniture, color-bright fabrics, and high-gloss accessories.