Does your driveway seem naked? It’s always a shame to spend so much time on landscaping only to have your apt green thumb go unappreciated because of the big, paved elephant in the room.
We always like the idea of tree plantings, or even varied potted plants nestled in a gravel bed if root damage is a concern. Nevertheless, lining the driveway is not always the best solution – especially if you want to draw attention away from this particular part of your yard.
If this is the case, acid staining the driveway might give you a bearable surface around which to work your landscaping magic. You can also use this trick on interior concrete floors for a fresh modern look. We never thought we would give a driveway design tip that also applies to interior design!
Stain only works on driveways that are already in good condition. It might be time to replace a cracked or ugly driveway altogether. No amount of landscaping or decorating will save a driveway that just doesn’t match the home. We have seen some great driveway paving ideas around the web and we love to see homes with driveways paved to match the shingles, the walkways, or the era of the home.
Concrete pavers are an inexpensive alternative to natural stone, available in limitless configurations and designs to transform your driveway into one of the most beautiful features of your home. For a subtler look or for budget control, you can opt for stamped concrete on the edges of the drive. Some high quality ready mix concrete will take integral color nicely, mimicking paving stones. Skilled installers may even offer a secondary color where grout would be located.
Where do you stand on decorative driveways? Can you satisfy your landscape design needs with a few shade trees, or are you ready to pull up the entire thing and start fresh? Let us know about your experiences with things like paving stones and driveway borders – we’re always excited to learn something new!