16 garden paving ideas – how to create the perfect patio space in your backyard

The right garden paving ideas can transform an outdoor space, whether you live in an urban setting, a suburb or a country village. And if you’re redesigning your outdoor space from scratch, paving a new patio will likely be right at the top of your to-do list. 

Here we offer expert advice on ideas on what to consider and where to start with this garden landscaping project. Use our step-by-step guide to help bring your patio design to life, taking other key considerations such as the position, style and cost (of course) of your new paved space into account too.

1. Decide on a space to pave

Japanese style garden designed by Sara Jane Rothwell Garden Design

Japanese style garden designed by Sara Jane Rothwell Garden Design

(Image credit: Marianne Majerus)

Firstly, assess where you want to pave your backyard at garden design stage. A patio or other paved area needs to be easily accessible and weatherproof to ensure you gain maximum benefit and usage.

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