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Gravel Patio Ideas

Casual Old Metairie Entertaining
Casual Old Metairie Entertaining
Mullin
Inspiration for a timeless gravel patio remodel in New Orleans with no cover
Complete home remodel and addition
Complete home remodel and addition
Change House Design and Construction
Courtyard
Country gravel patio photo in Other with a pergola
Olive Grove
Olive Grove
TOTAL CONCEPTS
Example of a trendy gravel patio container garden design in San Francisco with no cover
Expansive Modern Patio
Expansive Modern Patio
Deco Planters
Huge minimalist backyard gravel patio container garden photo in New York with no cover
Carmel Highlands Seascapes
Carmel Highlands Seascapes
Carmel Building & Design
Patio - contemporary front yard gravel patio idea in Other with a fire pit and no cover
Monarch Beach
Monarch Beach
M. Elle Design
Example of a tuscan backyard gravel patio design in Orange County with no cover
Beach Contemporary
Beach Contemporary
Living Gardens Landscape Design
Photograph by Jerry Pavia
Inspiration for a mid-sized coastal front yard gravel patio vertical garden remodel in Orange County
exterior
exterior
Green Planet Remodeling, Inc.
Trendy backyard gravel patio photo in San Francisco with a fire pit and no cover
Classic Splendor
Classic Splendor
Mariani Landscape
A stunning landscape filled with traditional elements throughout. Knot gardens, formal boxwood gardens with a water feature at the center, dining under a plush pergola, and seating from front to back to enjoy every space. Multiple levels are created in the landscape with raised beds and views from the upper terrace. Extensive perennial beds fill the distance with color and texture. Photo Credit: Linda Oyama Bryan
Historic Clarksville Reno
Historic Clarksville Reno
Meier Residential
Meier Residential, LLC
Transitional backyard gravel outdoor patio shower photo in Austin with a roof extension
The Peninsula at Rough Hollow
The Peninsula at Rough Hollow
Kelle Contine Interior Design, LLC
Example of a trendy courtyard gravel patio design in Austin with a pergola
New Construction - Drexel Ave. West Hollywood
New Construction - Drexel Ave. West Hollywood
Luxe Remodel
Inspiration for a large mediterranean courtyard gravel patio remodel in Los Angeles with a fire pit and no cover
Surfer's Paradise, Hollister Ranch
Surfer's Paradise, Hollister Ranch
Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
Rustic fire pit with an amazing view
Example of a mid-sized mountain style backyard gravel patio design in Santa Barbara with a fire pit and no cover
Modern minimalist
Modern minimalist
Evolving Landscapes
Client asked for a simple transition from deck to yard with area for sitting.
Small minimalist backyard gravel patio photo in Kansas City with no cover
Palmitas
Palmitas
Falling Waters Landscape
Richard Bloom
Inspiration for a 1960s backyard gravel patio remodel in San Diego with a fire pit and no cover
Modern Tudor
Modern Tudor
Bruce Clodfelter and Associates
Mountain style gravel patio photo in Charlotte
Knepper Residence
Knepper Residence
Evolution Design Build Group
Example of a large mountain style front yard gravel patio design in Salt Lake City with no cover
Cedar Fences
Cedar Fences
Split Rail Fence Co Denver CO
Patio - mid-sized transitional backyard gravel patio idea in Denver with no cover
Patio and fire pit garden
Patio and fire pit garden
Susan Els Garden & Landscape Design
Elegant gravel patio photo in Burlington with a fire pit and no cover
Elegant Country Estate
Elegant Country Estate
Artemis Landscape Architects, Inc.
Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless backyard gravel patio remodel in New York with no cover

Highly underrated, gravel is an elegant and low-cost option to fill your backyard patio with. It’ll give your space an effortless old-world look with a fraction of the labor that’s required to install pavers. There are several varieties to choose from, including pea gravel, marble chips or crushed stone, and the landscape design possibilities are nearly endless. Whether you envision a leafy garden with a meandering path and patio, or a warm spot to soak up the sun and entertain, gravel can work for you. Read on to find gravel patio ideas to use in your own backyard.

Why You Should Choose Gravel

Gravel has a lot going for it as a patio hardscape material. It costs much less than brick, concrete or natural stone, and because it’s so easy to pour into a patio, the labor costs of working with it tend to be much lower. In fact, it’s even possible to do the work yourself with a little elbow grease. Gravel is also environmentally-friendly, as it’s simply made of crushed stone, a material that’s much less intensive to make than concrete or brick.

But besides all of those practical considerations, gravel patios look gorgeous. In particular, small pebble varieties like pea gravel will give your yard a delicate look that blends right in with your natural environment. When it rains, moisture will seep down into the soil rather than pooling on your patio.

Be Creative With Your Patio Design

Gravel looks gorgeous on its own, but you can also combine it with pavers to create an interesting landscape. Natural stone pavers with uneven edges can make a gorgeous stepping stone pathway to a seating area. Or, create a formal look with square concrete pavers in a line, surrounded by gravel. If you want the focus to be on a table and chair set, make a circle with low rocks arranged around your gravel patio.

How to Incorporate Greenery

Gravel patios go hand in hand with lots of plants and flowers. First off, gravel will help prevent erosion and keep soil in place, so your garden will stay healthy. There will also be less of a stark contrast between your loose soil and your patio hardscape, perfect for achieving a more naturalistic look. If you live in a hot and dry climate, tan-colored gravel is ideal for softening up the look of a native garden. On the other hand, a lush grass lawn looks beautiful up against pea gravel. Incorporating plenty of flowering plants and leafy trees around the border of your patio will add shade, coolness and lots of ambiance.

Sit Back and Enjoy the Space

From small to expansive backyards, it’s possible to create a gravel patio that invites you to sit and stay a while. If you’re limited on space, pick one feature and run with it. Fire pits look great against a gravel surface, and it’ll feel almost like you’re camping! Alternatively, a European-style bistro set would look particularly picturesque. For patios with a little more room, opt for a full dining table and chairs — entertaining will feel more like a picnic in the country than just another backyard barbecue!


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