Pebble Patios

Get all the info you need on pebble patios, so you can add an attractive, efficient and economical hardscape to your backyard or outdoor living space.

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Pebble patio floor design with curved pavers in this backyard space.

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By: Sean McEvoy

If you're considering a gravel or pebble patio, you may find that this option is more efficient and economical, and it's just as long-lasting as the more expensive concrete or slate options.

Your first task when planning a pebble patio is to choose a location. A flat surface is recommended, but even if your outdoor space has curves, a pebble patio may still be an option. Think about the primary function of your patio and the average number of guests you anticipate, as well as what furniture you'll want to include, and any focal points like fire pits or bars. Once you've got the lay of the land, it's time to choose the right gravel or pebbles.

Patios That Pop With Color

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Rustic Red

Salvaged design elements piece together vibrant reds, royal blues and earthy greens for a playful patio that is packed with personality.

Photo By: Jamie Rector

Enhance Nature's Palette

When choosing outdoor paint colors, consider what the garden will look like year 'round. Then make sure the hue you select will complement nature’s ever-changing color scheme.

Photo By: Chris Martinez,

Plush Purple

Alone, this concrete patio feels industrial and cold, but pops of purple create a trendy, inviting outdoor space. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

Cool Blue

For subtle contrast these colorful Adirondack chairs stand out against grey gravel and green shrubbery. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz

Golden Hues

Curtains are a great option for making an outdoor space feel intimate. The outdoor fabric infuses warm green and golden tones into this zen retreat.

Earthy Green

A lush palm tree, an earthy vase and pillows add a pop of green to the surrounding neutral tones. Warm up any space with a cozy outdoor fireplace.

Burnt Orange

A masculine color scheme is softened by orange hues that are pulled in with decorative pillows.

Bright Yellow

This cheerful patio umbrella is perfect for sunny days. When shopping for shade options, pick light colors that will reflect the sun. Photo by Joanne Kostecky

For pebble patios, experts recommend a fine-grained gravel like crushed granite, then packing the stone with a drum roller after its laid. This will provide optimum stability underfoot. You'll also want to choose furniture with thick, flat feet or bases, to avoid wobbling.

Lastly, consider adding landscape features to your pebble patio—these lend themselves particularly well to the more natural feel of crushed stone vs. concrete or slate. Landscape timbers or other garden elements can be great choices to further accent the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces that a pebble patio underlines.

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