Since the days are getting that little bit longer and it feels like Spring is just around the corner, it’s got me thinking about getting outside and starting to tidy up the garden. It’s come a long way since I bought my house (the previous owner used the garden as dog kennels so it was all concrete slabs, high chicken wired fences and lots of wooden sheds) but there’s still about a million jobs to do on it until I’ll be happy – one of which is to replace the horrible paving slabs. I’m talking big massive grey concrete slabs – which actually look more of a green colour at this time of the year thanks to an extra drizzly Britain – so slippy that I nearly fall flat on my ass on them every day when I walk the dogs.

So I’m on a mission to re-pave, with a few factors in mind. They need to look good, I live in the countryside so they need to suit the house and the garden view, they need to have a little bit more grip than the ones I have currently i.e. not completely flat, and lastly, they can’t absolutely break the bank – it will be a good investment in the end I know, but who wants to spends thousands on what is essentially rock like hard stuff? So as ever, I’ve taken to Pinterest for inspiration – and also a little extra inspiration from patio paving slabs and stones company Easy Pave.com who know everything there is to know when it comes to paving!

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There’s a couple of types of paving that I think would fit with my space:

Brick/Cobbles

I love how a cobbled patio looks, especially in the countryside – it’s got a real farmhouse feel to me and reminds me so much of my childhood home – it’s also really practical, used a lot for driveways so you know it’s going to have a little bit more grip to it. I like to think it would stop you skidding your car on those icy mornings too!

Paving Stones

This probably comes as no surprise if you already follow me and know my favourite colours don’t really stray from neutrals and greys, but I’m a sucker for grey paving (that sounds weird doesn’t it?) but I just love grey. Grey grey grey. I will never get bored of it. I’m also partial to a bit of limestone, didn’t see that coming did you? A hint of blue yep, you heard.

Gravel & Pebbles

Lastly, and probably my favourite – although I think I’d break the gravel up a bit with some paving stones – now that I can see it works (Pinterest is so handy) I think that this would be the best option for my space. Plus I’ve got my heart set on getting a pergola eventually (drowning in wisteria obviously) so its a yes from me to paving & gravel.

Don’t forget to browse EasyPave.com for lots of paving options.

What would your dream patio be like?

*This post is in collaboration with EasyPave.com but my opinions as always are my own.