5 Types of Paving to Complement Your Artificial Lawn
Creating the garden of your dreams involves combining many different elements.
You’re likely to want to have a patio area for putting a table and chairs on, and to provide a hardstanding.
You’ll want a garden lawn for relaxing on warm summer days and for the children and pets to use throughout the year. Soft landscaping, such as plants, shrubs and trees, is essential to bring any garden to life.
However, the main elements of most gardens tend to be the lawn and patio areas.
We are lucky enough to have been at the forefront of the development and rise of synthetic grass in recent years and many homeowners across the UK are benefitting from the many advantages an artificial lawn can bring.
A beautiful artificial lawn alongside equally stunning paving slabs will have a huge impact on the aesthetics of your garden.
Today we are going to look at some of the best types of paving that will complement and enhance your lush green artificial lawn, to take your garden to the next level.
There has been a huge surge in popularity for porcelain paving in recent times and for very good reason, too.
When it comes to paving, it’s just about the lowest maintenance you can get.
It’s very easy to clean, and good quality porcelain is extremely strong, to prevent it from getting chipped.
Most porcelain slabs available in the UK are manufactured in Italy and each slab has a variation of ‘faces’ in its design.
This is to help reduce the amount of pattern repetition across your project, providing a more realistic look for the natural and plank ranges that replicate materials such as natural stone and wood.
It also looks amazing. You can now get porcelain paving to imitate virtually any form of natural stone paving, but its most popular use is in modern, contemporary garden design, where its clean lines and small joins really flourish.
Porcelain is probably our current favourite form of paving and it will perfectly complement your artificial lawn and give you and your family the ultimate low-maintenance garden.
Indian sandstone has been a staple form of paving across the UK for many years.
Indian sandstone is typically available in either riven or sawn varieties and is often laid in ‘random’ patterns using mixed-size slabs.
Riven sandstone has an almost ‘rippled’ texture that gives it a natural appearance and would suit most garden environments, especially older-looking properties.
Sawn sandstone has a very smooth appearance which provides a modern, clean look to any garden.
One of the beauties of natural stone is that no two slabs are the same, giving your patio a truly unique look.
Indian sandstone is available in various shades of red, grey, buff and autumn, with many slabs having some beautiful patterns and colour variations running through the stone.
Mint fossil Indian sandstone is one of our favourite types of Indian sandstone, as many of the slabs contain fossils that are thousands and thousands of years old.
Opting for an Indian sandstone patio, whether it’s one of the traditional riven or the more modern sawn varieties, is a great idea, as this type of paving will enhance the look of any garden and look fantastic alongside your artificial lawn.
Slate has remained a popular choice throughout the UK, regardless of changes in trends over the years.
It has been used as a building material in the UK for centuries, especially for roofing and walling, due to its hardwearing properties and strength.
It is available in beautiful blacks, blues, purples and greys to create a clean contemporary look.
It is also very strong and durable, which makes it a great surface for outdoor use.
Like Indian sandstone, slate is often purchased in ‘project packs’ which contain various sizes of slab that are laid in a ‘random pattern’. More modern and contemporary looks can be achieved by using single-size slabs.
If you’re looking for an ideal paving that will look stunning alongside your artificial grass, then look no further than slate.
Much like slate, granite paving is another timeless classic and an ideal option for a garden patio.
It can also be used in both contemporary and traditional settings.
Granite has a naturally hardwearing nature that makes it a fantastic choice for long-lasting patios and paths that will stand the test of time.
Speckled in appearance, it has a consistency in colour with little variation and it can be used in a variety of settings.
We love the subtle sparkle of granite paving and it is sure to enhance the look of your fake lawn and provide the perfect hardstanding for patio and BBQ areas.
Concrete paving slabs are available in an almost limitless array of colours, patterns and styles.
Concrete paving slabs are ideal for those who want a consistency of appearance, as due to its man-made nature, each slab can be manufactured to look identical.
There is a concrete imitation of virtually every type of natural stone that you can think of and more often than not, at a fraction of the price.
This means that concrete paving can be a great option for the budget-conscious.
With such a wide range of varieties available in the marketplace when it comes to concrete paving, there is certainly something for everyone, whether it’s cottage-style, modern or a traditional look that you’re after.
We’re big fans of concrete paving and it rightly deserves its place on our list of 5 types of paving to complement your artificial lawn.
Getting your patio and lawn in order will go a long way towards transforming your outdoor space, as these are the keys features of any garden.
Once you have these aspects in place, it’s easy to add in additional features and planting to really bring your garden to life.
There is a such a huge variety of paving available these days that with so many options available, there is certainly something for every taste and style imaginable. The only problem is that it can be too difficult to choose!
We hope that this article has helped you to decide on which type of paving to choose for your garden patio or pathway.
For further information on planning and designing your dream garden, check out our previous guide, ‘How to Design Your Dream Garden’.
Which type of paving do you have in your garden? Let us know in the comments section below.