Driveways: They're practical necessities for daily life. But an uninterrupted stretch of dull concrete can be a design bummer. Fortunately, a few resourceful changes, some interesting materials and landscaping, and careful consideration of details can add beauty without sacrificing function. Here are six creative driveway ideas to consider.
- Give your driveway a decorative border. Establishing a crisp, clear shift between paved and unpaved surfaces can help to set off a driveway and enhance a landscape. Plus, it's a way to enhance a driveway without any tear-out, other than a small stretch of grass. Choose a paver that enhances your existing plantings and home architecture. The pavers can be dry-set into a narrow channel that abuts the driveway or mortared in place, which can be more time-consuming.
- Break up big pieces of concrete. For new or revamped driveways, breaking up big expanses of material with interior bands, curves, or insets can add visual interest. Consider mimicking the shape of the driveway, for example.