Pavers are a common feature in many peoples gardens, and they look come in a variety of styles, sizes and, most importantly, colours. Colour is the most notable and immediately recognisable feature on your pavers and is often the deciding factor in which direction you go. There are a few common types of colours, and it is crucial that you think about how they will hold up long term before you choose. After all, your pavers will be subject to quite a lot of harsh environmental conditions, and you should think about how that will impact their colour.
Here are three common paver colours and what you should consider before you buy them.
Black pavers have several inherent advantages. They show less wear and tear, staining and can last for years with barely any cleaning. However, this does come with a few significant drawbacks. For one thing, black pavers are exceedingly hot in summer (if they are in direct sunlight) which is not very useful if you need to walk on them to avoid damaging your garden. They also bleach over time, which can transform the rich, black colour into a more greyish hue. Now, many people enjoy that gradual transition, but it is something you need to realise with any strongly coloured paver; over time, their colour will change more dramatically than lighter shades.
Yellow pavers are coming back in a big way and with a few different variants. From vibrant, canary yellows to more muted yellows that are only a few shades off of being white. Yellow pavers present a friendly alternative that is more interesting to look at in your garden, and because they are on the lighter side of the spectrum, they age quite gracefully. The only thing you need to be worried about is whether you have a lot of dirt and mud that will stain the surface. Pavers are quite porous, and any mud or dirt that gets into them will show up and be tough to scrub out (although not impossible!).
Brown pavers are often seen as a healthy medium of all the different colour options. They are more eye-catching than white or black pavers but not so much that they distract from the garden. They don't fade as strongly as black pavers, but they also are not too affected by dirt and grime as these imperfections blend in more seamlessly than on lighter variants. All in all, brown pavers are a great, safe option that look great in most gardens. The only issue people have with them is generally personal taste, which is fair enough as brown is not an easy colour to pull off if you are going for an elegant looking backyard.