Flagstone Color Inspiration
Exploit contrast at poolside with warm colored flagstone paving in a site that may have too much gold and not enough visual variation.
The warm golden stucco color of this portico is carried out in an irregular flagstone pool deck that offers a wide range of light and dark values. This paving color is particularly beautiful against a white or light bottom pool because blue and yellow are complimentary colors. This makes the water line more visually exciting and cools down the warm hues in the heat. Had the flagstone been a darker tone the waterline would not be as distinct, and the site would prove more monochrome and lose this dramatic look.
Check out the flagstone colors available in various regions throughout the US and Canada.
Repeat colors from the surrounding materials and plants.
In this landscape, the flagstone draws hues from its surroundings such as the burnt orange of the concrete and black Mexican beach pebbles. The dynamic color vibration makes the whole space visually exciting without overwhelming the composition. If all the paving had been multi-colored flagstone, the effect would have been lost due to its abundance.
A soft hued flagstone calls for subdued colored plants in the joints for a more visually relaxing effect.
Here a blue-gray groundcover is a cool accent against the buff tone flags for a lovely pastel effect overall. The stone used is Arizona sandstone, a material that will reflect more heat than a darker stone like slate. Light colors are a good choice for warmer climates such as those found in California or the Southwest. If you’re not a fan of neutrals, bring in bright colors with furniture and plantings.
Beware of flagstone paving coupled with extensive stone veneer when there is no relief color or planting to break up all the hardscape.
If a little stone is good, a lot of stone isn't always better. Beware of using too much stone without relief in small spaces when there is so little color to balance this dominant material choice. Although this is a gorgeous example of quality flagstone paving, the stone walls lack accent color and the wall caps are neutral too. Overall it is a muddy tone that may begin to look dated after the all-stone trend passes. Had there been a few gaps in the flagstone paving for plants, they could spill and creep to soften the walls and interrupt this vast field of paving with bright spots of flowers and foliage.
Use light stone in a landscape that is wooded or heavily planted.
In a landscape that is wooded or heavily planted, this honey colored flagstone stands out in sharp contrast with its surroundings. Such a light and bright application makes this entry a more cheerful climb than it would be with dark flagstone. Guests will feel more welcomed by a path like this as opposed to one of slate or bluestone. Plus, at night less lighting will make a bigger impact because of the reflective qualities of light colors.