PATIO DESIGNS – USING PATTERNS TO DEFINE SPACES – BERGEN COUNTY NJ

Bergen County NJ- Looking to define dinning and swimming pool patio spaces? Changing stone patterns help in subtle, creative, yet significant ways.

If you had to pick the most important aspect of a pool patio design, which would you choose? I would say a majority of people would point to the significance of material choices. Materials can provide durability, comfort, and the look you want to achieve in the yard. But what good is a flawless limestone patio design if the stones are set in dizzying circular patterns or awkward octagonal shapes?

Patio patterns add more to the design than meets the eye. They can visually set the table with formal and natural undertones. They can physically set the table with inlays and borders to define distinct patio spaces such as dining areas, outdoor kitchens, and outdoor living rooms. Stone patterns help to define the space in subtle, creative, yet significant ways.

Let’s focus on the pool patio design itself. For the sake of this blog, we will speak about natural stone patios. When you approach your pool design, choosing the right pool patio stone will be at the forefront of your mind. You will most likely try to match the style of the pool with the style of a natural stone material. In the same way, your stone pattern should complement the style of the pool as well.

Natural pool designs tend to be surrounded by irregular random patterns, made to look like natural stone slabs placed together like a complex puzzle. Why is this a common pattern? The seemingly random placement and shapes of the stone provide a rustic look, as if the surface has been like that for centuries. The same goal can be achieved for the pool and landscape design too. For a more formal swimming pool such as the Roman-end pool, a running bond pattern or a 45-degree pattern might be more suitable for the pool patio. As you can see, each component of the yard, including the pattern of the pool patio itself, can work together to achieve one seamless look.

Once you can establish a style or theme in the backyard landscape, you can begin to use patterns to define various spaces. How does one go about doing this?  Inlays, changes in pattern, and borders create very subtle distinctions from one space to the next; an outdoor kitchen might have one pattern, a seating area another, and the pool patio another. The “walls” of these outdoor rooms can be added through borders or inlays that surround the spaces without taking away from the cohesive feel of the yard.

Our masons have installed over 100,000 square-feet of natural stone patios over the years, including many unique, custom patterns. Take a look at some of our pool patio patterns to learn more about how they can be used to define a space. If you are not up to choosing a pattern, you may be interested in reading our previous blog about the best and worst types of patio stones to use for your pool patio. We hope you find this information helpful, and, as always, feel free to call us with any questions you may have.

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