Driveway Design: 5 Tips to Give Your Driveway a New Look

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We may not think about it on a day to day basis, but your driveway can say a lot about you and your home. The driveway is often the first thing that people see as they are pulling up to your home and as we all know, first impressions can make all the difference. Whether your driveway needs some fixing up, you’re preparing your home for sale, or just want to give your driveway a fresh look, we have five driveway design tips to really help yours stand out.

Material

What your driveway is made of is probably one of the first things to consider when you are brainstorming ideas. The list of materials that you can use for starting your driveway design journey are close to endless, we’ve even talked about them before, and each have their own style as well as pros and cons when it comes to upkeep and what may be best for your home. Some Overhead view of neighborhood drivewaysexamples of available materials include:

These are just a few of the options available to those who are looking to update the look of their driveway. If you’re looking looking to mix things up think about mixing and matching some of these options for styles that compliment each other but still offer a contrasting look.

Shape

When most of us think of a driveway we probably think of a straight stretch and nothing more, but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you have the space available, consider experimenting with the shape of your driveway. Planning accordingly for your space is one of the keys to driveway design that will really make your home stand out. Instead of the typical rectangular or square shapes, think of a rounded driveway or one with more of an “s” shape. A half circle driveway that leads up to the front door of your home can offer a grand valet-style driveway design and increase the curb appeal of your property. 

Patterns and Accents

No one said that your driveway has to be simple or boring. Like we touched on above, you can mix and match the materials your driveway is made out of in order to create different patterns or accents that will compliment your home. Pavers and brick are excellent materials to consider using if you are looking to add a bit of a pattern to your driveway design plans. Maybe you don’t want a pattern over the whole driveway but still want to give it a little something to help it pop, an accented border can add a little bit of color that will really define your driveway.

Greenery

You can never really go wrong by adding some greenery to any location, and your driveway is no different. There are a lot of options when it comes to adding some plants to help with the look of your driveway. One of the most popular options is laying individual bricks or slabs of stone and then planting grass in the spaces between each individual one. This offers a more green look to your driveway and is also a great option for draining water as it just runs into the grass. Other ideas that can have a huge impact on the look of your driveway include using trees, shrubs, or flowers to line the edges of your driveway, or even planting a garden in the middle if you have the space to accommodate it.

Details

Paying attention to the little details will really make a big difference in your driveway’s design. This is your opportunity to add parts of your own personality and really personalize your driveway. Maybe you want to go for a more classy feel so you add a fountain to your roundabout driveway or maybe you’re raising a team of all-star basketball players so you have a basketball hoop installed so they can practice whenever they want. These are the details that make your driveway your own and help give off the first impression of who lives in your home. 

Big or small, if you are looking for help with remodeling or just touching up your asphalt driveway, Sunrise Asphalt are the ones to call.