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  1. As a general rule, stone from the locality will look best in your garden.

  2. The colour and finishes on your house should be used as a guide for materials selection.

  3. Never use more than two, maybe three, types of surface material together as otherwise your design may appear too fussy.

  4. Use tubs and planters to soften large areas of paving or allow for some planting between slabs.

  5. Edging (of stone, wood or metal) is only necessary where it has to retain something e.g. it is needed for block paving; otherwise it is just over-the-top frills!

  6. You can use modern aggregates held in a resin bond to create visually pleasing effects.

  7. The contrast between different types of stone or between stone and wood surfaces can be very effective.

  8. Gravels can look nice with perennial plants and is a cheap alternative to expensive paving slabs.

  9. Use smaller elements, such as setts to create curves or use a material such as gravel or resin-bond.

  10. Brick-paving is very flexible but choose a brick-type that is damp and frost proof.