When planning the arrangement of the areas around your house, you should be guided by one of the most important principles, namely: maintaining the unity of style. This will ensure that the house and its surroundings will form a coherent whole. This principle applies to all elements used in the design of the house surroundings, including the pavement. Modern architecture will require the use of different types of stones or slabs than those in the traditional style.
In order to make the house surroundings coherent, we can use the same materials on the surfaces around the building (terrace, driveway, sidewalks) as on its facade (e.g. concrete). A bigger arrangement potential requires a more difficult solution, i.e. skillful combination of various materials. In this case, harmony will be ensured by selecting them on the basis of color similarity. Well, unless you deliberately opt for contrast.
A good way to maintain space integrity is to use the same surface material around the house. The perfect solution is to use material which is characterized by a high degree of versatility and which can be used in various most important house surroundings (driveway, sidewalk, terrace, garden). The use of the same surface around the house, e.g. paving stones or concrete slabs, will make it an arrangement composition frame unifying the house surroundings.
Paving stones and concrete slabs are products which are certainly characterized by a very high degree of versatility. Why is that? Because we can use them to arrange all the surfaces around the house: from paths and sidewalks to driveways, terraces and gardens. When deciding on the use of concrete elements, we must always pay attention to their appropriate thickness. It depends on the load to which the surface is going to be subjected (we can apply different stones on sidewalks and different ones on driveways).
The harmonious perception of the space around the house is undoubtedly influenced by the color of the used pavement. As a rule, it should be matched to the color of the roof, facade or some other element prevailing in its surroundings. When deciding on the color of concrete stones or slabs, you should also be careful not to choose to many colors. A good solution is to limit yourself to a maximum of 3 colors connected with each other in a harmonious way. The use of concrete stones or slabs of similar shape and color on surfaces around the house will allow for visual integration of all spheres around the house.
Concrete stones and slabs should refer to the building not only in color, but also in style. Simple, cubic concrete elements with enlarged sizes are best suited to the surroundings of modern architecture. They are perfect for creating patterns in a style corresponding to the building: minimalistic, with domination of right angles and geometric shapes. Classical architecture looks good in the surrounding of pavements that emphasize its character. Aged, more rounded stones, formed in smooth, soft, arched lines, are perfect solutions for arrangements in a style such as manor house, rustic, vintage or another one oscillating around the tradition.