Outdoor Landscape & Hardscape Design Ideas

A new outdoor space is a large investment that will be a permanent part of your home, so it’s important to think carefully about the outdoor landscape and hardscape design choices you make. However, getting the “creative juices” flowing can be tough for some of us. Here are some tips and recommendations to help you along this process. 

What are your goals for the landscape or hardscape project?

Knowing what you are trying to achieve can be really helpful in narrowing down the many design options that are available. For instance, are you looking for a place to grill and entertain guests outside or are you just looking for a place for your family to relax during the afternoon? Does this space compliment a pool or existing features or are you starting from scratch?

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See, touch and feel each product

Consider which texture and designs might be the best fit for the type of project you’re planning. If you will be walking you don’t want anything to slick or too rough if you could be barefoot.

Ask for samples

Most landscape and hardscaping companies will provide samples for you to bring home to try next to your existing landscape.

Consider your project size and space

Choose a pattern that works relative to the size and space of your project. Generally, smaller landscaping pavers work well in smaller spaces while larger pavers work well in larger spaces. So if you’re working with a smaller space you may consider a pattern that utilizes smaller stones so the design isn’t overpowering. For a random feel, look for a pattern that utilizes three or more sizes of paver; for a more uniform appeal, choose a pattern that uses just one or two sizes. 

Consider patio borders and other features

Patio Designs Northern VAA border adds unique flare to your design and can help define different areas in an outdoor living room or the edge of a pool deck. Consider the borders you have planned for your outdoor landscape and hardscape design when choosing a laying pattern as some patterns work more easily with borders than others.  Around a fire pit or water feature you might consider a curved or circular pattern.

Add an accent or border

Think one color is boring? Add a border, accent or inlay in your design with a different color to create a subtle variation that is appealing to the eye. By using the same accent in your walls, pillars or planters you will create a cohesive look and feel, and make your project feel special. 


Consider the specific application

Outdoor Backyard Design Ideas Northern VAAre you paving a pool deck? Or adding an extension to your existing patio? Perhaps you’re connecting your driveway to your backyard retreat with a walkway. Each application might be best suited for a different color. For a pool deck, we recommend light colors that are cooler on the feet, while a driveway might be better suited for a darker shade.   If you’re adding onto an existing patio you might decide to complement the color rather than try to match it exactly.

Find your backyard landscape inspiration

Visit Quinn’s showroom in Manassas, VA to see and touch the products for your outdoor landscape and hardscape design project. This can help you appreciate how the color swatches you see in a catalog look in real life applications. Or take drive through a neighborhood and take note of the colors and patterns you see in stone hardscapes, landscapes and water features. You may even find inspiration in the exterior brick of your home, other elements of your landscape or a door color. You can compare colors, textures, styles and designs to help determine what best fits your home and you’ll discover products and combinations you never thought of. Whether you live in Fairfax, VA, Great Falls or Ashburn our Manassas showroom is only a quick and easy drive away. 

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