Concrete is a top choice for driveways since it’s durable, low-maintenance, and a functional material. It’s known for its longevity and ability to withstand heavy loads, but it may not be the first material to come to mind when it comes to choosing a material to enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Concrete has a smooth, clean finish so it blends seamlessly with modern design style—it’s also a very versatile material. Below, we share how you can incorporate a concrete driveway no matter what style your home exterior is—from patterned concrete driveways to simple upgrades.
This home features clean lines throughout including the roof line, the porch exterior, the fence, and the garage door. The driveway is no different and features horizontal concrete slabs for a cohesive look that’s clean, simple, and visually-appealing.
A Combination of Concrete and Dirt
The black exterior of this home has a country cottage-style look that stands out against its green surroundings. To keep with the cottage look, the concrete driveway turns are paired with a dirt drive that helps the home’s black exterior shine even more.
When you typically think of a concrete driveway, you probably picture two to four large concrete slabs. However, if you want to add more interest to your driveway, consider a concrete tile driveway. The clean lines add interest and will help enhance your home’s curb appeal.
The concrete pavers in front of this garage and front entrance blend seamlessly with the rest of the home’s exterior. The stained pavers complement the colors of the rest of the home including the lush garden. The addition of an asphalt driveway is a more budget-friendly option that also provides ample and easy parking for guests.
If your front home exterior doesn’t have much room for landscaping, grasscrete is a great alternative. Grasscrete is a permeable concrete driveway solution that allows grass to grow in the voids between the concrete slabs. It adds greenery, interest, and texture to a home exterior.
A Simple Design
A stained concrete border and diamond pattern in the center of this driveway add a pop of color to this large driveway. The red border contrasts well with the rest of the driveway and the home’s exterior.
Concrete and Landscaping Rocks
From the tall privacy fence to the simple, white exterior, this bungalow features a minimalistic design aesthetic. Landscaping rocks and concrete slabs make up the driveway and stay true to the minimalistic design of the rest of the home.
If your home is on a slope, your driveway may be too steep to walk. An easy solution is concrete steps that go up one side of the driveway. The steps blend seamlessly with the rest of this driveway and appeal to the rest of the home’s exterior as well.
Matching Pathway and Driveway
To give your home’s curb appeal a complete look, consider adding a matching front pathway and driveway. This allows the rest of the home’s Mediterranean-style exterior to stand out while helping anchor the home.
A Cobblestone Bridge
The cobblestone bridge to this beautiful home looks timeless and adds an Old World feel to the home’s curb appeal. Cobblestone is just as durable as concrete but is more expensive. To still get the look without the large price, you can add both cobblestone and concrete to a large driveway.
Horizontal Concrete Slabs
Adding large horizontal concrete slabs that double as a driveway and walkway make this home’s small front exterior feel larger. The slabs reflect the shape of the bay window for a balanced look.
An Elegant Choice
When your driveway makes up a large part of your home’s exterior, it’s essential it looks just as aesthetically beautiful as the rest of your home. This large concrete driveway features concrete paver borders that elegantly divide up the driveway into separate sections.
The beautiful, earthy tones of this home exterior blend beautifully with its natural surroundings. Since the driveway is a large part of a home’s curb appeal, the homeowners wanted to stick with the earthy tones of the rest of the home. The concrete driveway was stained in a warm, taupe color that complements the rest of the home’s color palette.
Low maintenance doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. This home features beautiful concrete pavers and a rock garden that serve as the perfect anchor the the black-and-white home exterior.
Concrete has a simple, minimalist design that can easily be enhanced if set in a pattern. This concrete driveway is set in a diamond pattern that takes the driveway from ordinary to stunning.
A Brick Border
Brick adds a classic look to any home and it’s no different when it comes to a driveway. This large driveway features a red brick border that extends up to the front steps and adds color to the home’s white exterior.
Modern design oftentimes features clean lines and minimalistic design, including the front landscape. To incorporate greenery, the driveway is made of grasscrete, which has grass growing between the concrete slabs.
Concrete can provide a beautiful backdrop for a lush landscape. This concrete retaining wall makes the multilevel garden look more grand, while the stained concrete driveway provides a beautiful color contrast.
Blue Concrete Driveway
Blue may not be the first color that comes to mind when you think of a driveway, but this photo proves it can add an interesting design element to a home’s curb appeal. The deep blue concrete driveway contrasts well with the dark garage doors and white home exterior.
Concrete Pavers and Natural Stone
Concrete can mimic the look of natural stone with the right finish and stain. The concrete pavers of this driveway resemble the natural stone of the home’s exterior. It brings a monochromatic look while the paver design adds interest and texture.
A simple design can go a long way, especially when a home’s architecture is so intricate like this home. This driveway is a large part of this home’s exterior, so the driveway design is kept simple. To add a bit of interest a lighter wash concrete makes up the driveway border.
Gravel is a budget-friendly way to landscape, so why not add it to your driveway, too? The two rows of concrete on this driveway make it easy for a car to park and leave, while the gravel fills in the rest for textured look.
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