A Patio Picture Gallery: Shapes, Sizes, Materials & Other Design Considerations
Pea gravel, stone and pavers mix well for a multi-textured patio surface.
Photo © Lisa Hallett Taylor
As you look at this patio, keep in mind that there was no mixing of mortar involved. Using the circular fountain as a focal point, the gray stones radiate out in a sunburst pattern from the edge of the fountain. Underneath is a loose material -- pea gravel. The larger pavers can be spaced apart for pathways, and butted-up closer together and level for a seating area. When designing a patio surface, remember that there's no hard-and-fast rule about using just one paving material.