Add a little rock ‘n’ roll to your outdoor space with pavers, gravel, and more hardscape design elements

Hardscape Design Ideas
Caitlin Atkinson

Upgrade with Gravel

One of the easiest ways to get started with hardscaping? Gravel. Use it as a pathway material, or as the flooring for your al fresco dining area.

Tetris Tiles


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Stone tiles are another hardscaping favorite. Create a fun design on a lawn, as shown above, or use it to line a path from the house.

Triple Rock

This mixed-media permeable paving uses square pavers, pebbles, and gravel to retain moisture and create textural and visual interest.

Step Up


Is your yard on a slope? Add stone steps for both hardscaping flair and easy navigation.

Hard Organics


Combine soft greenery like clover or moss with roughly rounded rocks for a natural feel in a hardscaped walkway.

Picturesque Patio


Hardscaping doesn’t have to be large-scale. Create a cozy patio with stone tiles and simple cloth chairs.

Neutral Walls


Walls and fencing count as hardscaping, too. We love this gray and white wall combo to line a modern yard.

Rocky Plots


Give the backyard a rock garden vibe with these square plots lined with gravel and a stone path.

Surprising Pavers


Create a geometric walk-up with earthy pavers, like the ones from our 2018 Los Gatos Idea House.