Although your driveway is a functional feature in your garden landscape, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put some consideration into how it looks. Decorative concreting solutions like coloured, stencilled, and exposed aggregate concrete enable you to make an aesthetic statement, without compromising functionality. However, given the wide array of colours and finishes available, it can be a challenge to settle on the right choice for your driveway. In this article, we provide a few tips on how to pick a concrete colour that’s right for your home.
If you have a large driveway
If you have a long or broad driveway, paving it in one uniform colour can result in a dull, seemingly endless stretch of concrete. Consider instead using a combination of colours that add definition and break up the expanse of concrete. Stencils are one option, but it’s also possible to play around with a chequered coloured concrete effect or laying down a border in a different colour.
If your driveway is in the sun
Typically, lighter colours work better in the shade and darker colours work better in the sun, but in the harsh Australian climate, dark, heat absorbing colours aren’t necessarily the best choice during the summer months. We recommend choosing a bold, but not necessarily dark colour if your driveway is in a sunny position. This way, the sun will still accentuate, rather than wash out the vibrant colour, and the driveway will be cooler during the summer months.
If you want to play up the colours in your garden
If your plants are the pride and joy of your yard, then you can use hardscaping finishes to draw out specific colours. The number or paving colours available makes it easy to match or contrast your driveway with your garden palette. Warm tones such as terracotta for example, make glossy green foliage pop and gives the garden a distinctly tropical feel.
If you want to match the rest of the house
Naturally, you’re going to want to choose a colour that aligns with the pre-existing style of your home, but it’s important to create visual balance by choosing a complimentary, rather than matching colour. For example, if your house is painted blue, investigate soft grey concrete tones first, as these echo the blue tones of your house, without overwhelming the eye.
Prestige Concrete offer coloured concrete driveway solutions for Melbourne homes and businesses. To learn more about our capabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 0411 440 157.