First impressions count, which is why having a good driveway is so important! A driveway isn't just a place to park your car, it's a part of your home and the first thing visitors will see when they stop by. Not only that, but it's also a great way to make your home stand out from others on the street and can even increase the kerb appeal of your property.

If a new driveway is on your list of home improvement projects to complete this year, we're here to help. It can be difficult to think of creative ways to transform your driveway and achieve something truly unique that's also in-line with your home's existing image. That's why we're here to give you all the inspiration you need.

This article will give you ideas for driveways of all different kinds, whether brick, stone or tarmac, providing you with different colours and different styles you can try to achieve the look you want.




Driveway Materials

Choosing the right driveway materials is the place to start when redesigning your driveway. As well as thinking of the appearance of certain materials, there are a few other things to consider too, including cost, maintenance and durability.




Gravel Driveway Ideas

 

A popular driveway choice in rural areas, a gravel driveway is a great option for longer roads or for creating pathways in grassy areas. With regular maintenance, a gravel driveway can last for a very long time. Gravel is a great material to create distinct shapes or borders on your driveway and can also be found in different colours too.



gravel driveway with centre piece

Circular focal point filled either with paving or a pond



Borders on either side of the space 

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Different colours or decorative gravel chippings

curved gravel driveway


Curved driveway



Features of Gravel Driveways:


  • Long lasting
  • Inexpensive
  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Creates a stable surface
  • Hard-wearing
  • Diverse in style
  • Quick laying process


Things to consider:


  • Difficult to clear/clean
  • Can become displaced
  • Difficult to remove snow/ice
  • Can form ruts or sinkholes





Resin Bound Driveway Ideas

Resin bound gravel makes a great driveway material, not just because of its attractive appearance but also because of its many practical features too. Resin bound gravel is available in a variety of different colours, which makes is a very versatile choice for any home.



flower bed borders


Create borders using flower beds



driveway with curved area


Create distinct shapes and curves



driveway ideas - resin bound driveway with border


Incorporate different colours




Features of Resin Bound Driveways:


  • Affordable
  • Strong and hard wearing
  • Requires little maintenance
  • Long lasting
  • Quite affordable


Things to Consider:


  • Will likely require professional installation
  • Less flexibility with the design
  • Clean with a pressure washer 
  • Difficult to repair


Brick Driveway Designs

brick driveway with circular pattern


Circular pattern



driveway with pathway


Create a pathway



driveway ideas - pathway with diamond pattern


Diamond pattern



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Simple and consistent pattern



driveway ideas - driveway with herringbone pattern


Herringbone pattern




Features of Brick Driveways:


  • Can withstand all weather conditions
  • Has aesthetic appeal 
  • A range of colours to choose from
  • Gives you a range of design options
  • Good longevity
  • Low maintenance & easy to maintain
  • Resistant to staining
  • Slip resistant
  • Versatile design


Things to consider


  • Can be expensive
  • Labour-instensive installation
  • Weeds can grow between bricks (overcome this with weed killer)




Tarmac Driveway Ideas

 

Tarmac is one of the more affordable driveway materials and is great for achieving a smooth and even surface that feels great to drive on. It's a very cost effective material that is easy to install and also dries quickly, so doesn't take long to benefit from the results. 

However, because it is quite a plain material, it can feel limited in terms of design options. With a bit of creative thinking and maybe a few extra materials, you can achieve a really tidy and sleek looking driveway.



driveway with path


Break up the space with a pathway



driveway ideas - driveway with a border


Create a border



create a central focal point


Create a central focal point



tarmac drive with coloured border


Blend with a coloured aggregate




Features of Tarmac Driveways:


  • Easy to install
  • Very durable
  • Attractive
  • Good value for money
  • Versatile design
  • Easy to maintain
  • Longlasting
  • Easy to repair


Things to Consider:


  • Tarmac repairs are not always invisible
  • Potholes can form in tarmac




Driveway Paving Ideas

 

A paved driveway is a great way to make the front of your home look more attractive and put together whilst also increasing your property's kerb appeal. With paving, you can create interesting textures and patterns and a well-paved driveway using the right paving products should produce a driveway that's long lasting and easy to maintain. And whether it's a natural stone or block driveway materials, you have lots of different design options when working with any kind of paving.



paving stones


Paving stones


natural stone driveway


Natural stone driveway



driveway ideas - permeable paving


Permeable paving


block paving driveway


Block paving



Asphalt Driveway Ideas


Similar to tarmac, asphalt is a popular driveway material that will stand the test of time. Asphalt driveways are typically gray with a plain appearance however there are ways you can customise them to make them more visually appealing. Because asphalt has a high heat absorbtion, it's a popular driveway material in countries that get a lot of snow.



asphalt driveway with border


Create a cobblestone border



asphalt driveway with brick border


Partial brick driveway



driveway ideas - asphalt driveway with grassy areas


Distinct circular shape with grassy areas




Features of Asphalt Driveways:


  • Inexpensive
  • Long lasting
  • Style limitations
  • High heat absorbtion
  • Easy to repair


Things to Consider:


  • Requires frequent maintenance




Driveway Lighting Ideas



As well as providing the homeowner with better visibility and security for a property, driveway lighting can also create a lovely ambiance outside of your home. There are lot of different styles and types of lighting that you can try for your own driveway.



driveway spotlights


Spotlights



driveway lamps


Lamp lights




Gate Ideas for Driveways



Driveway gates provide extra security for the home, but there's no reason why they can't look great too! A gateway can change the entrance of your home and make a good impression to visitors.



driveways ideas - traditional metal gates


Traditional metal gates



rustic wooden gates


Rustic wooden gates



traditional wooden gates


Traditional wooden gates



gold and black traditional gates


Traditional gates with gold detailing



wooden sliding gates


Wooden sliding gates