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Black Mexican Beach Pebbles - Complementary Colors
Category Landscape Rock
Coordinating colors is one of the great joys of using decorative landscaping stones. Part of the reason for the appeal of landscaping stones is the ability to mix things up with colors to create unique patterns in a way that adds personality and style to your yard. If this is a goal you hope to achieve, take a moment to learn more about the best complementary colors for decorative stones.

Mix “Warm” & “Cool” Colors

One way to go with complementary colors is to use both warm and cool tones or shades. For instance, warm hues like orange, red, and yellow reflect the light well and add brightness and a sense of calm to the areas where you wish to use landscaping stones. 

On the reverse side of things, you have cool colors. Cool shades of blue, green, and purple can be mixed in with your warm colors or used to create broader patterns. Put warm colors around your garden areas and use the cooler shades around your trees or along walkways.

Don’t Forget about Neutral Tones

Neutral shades like gray and white allow for greater flexibility with where and how you use your decorative stones. Gray stones can be either warm or cool, depending on what kind of natural undertones they have when put into place. Snow-white pebbles are neutral as well, and they can be used to bridge the gap between warmer and cooler colors if you prefer to ease the visual contrast or go for a more subtle blend of colors.

Use an Artist’s Color Wheel for Inspiration

A simple and effective way to figure out what to do color-wise with your landscaping stones is to use an artist’s color wheel. Red and green are complementary colors that can work well with landscaping stones. Purple and yellow is another uniquely appealing combination to consider, especially in areas with flowers or plants that have similar hues. Creating a border using polished black river rock can make brighter colors stand out even more.

Walk Around Your Neighborhood for Ideas

If you’re starting fresh with landscape design plans, you’re free to choose any color palette you prefer with decorative stones. This can be a bit overwhelming, but you can always check out what your neighbors have done in their yards. Pay particular attention to any unique color patterns and use of complementary colors or shades. You can then use a similar pattern in your own yard. Go even further for inspiration by:

• Visiting a local gardening center to get some ideas
• Using apps that allow you to play around with colors before you purchase your decorative stones
• Looking at landscape design websites and books to get complementary color ideas
• Talking to a landscape design professional
• Using colors that complement existing tones in your exterior spaces 

No matter what type of landscaping project you’re planning, you can enhance its character and beauty with various colors of stones. For expert advice on designing your landscape with decorative rocks and beach pebbles, reach out to the experts at RS&P Rocks Stones & Pebbles, a premier landscape rock and supply superstore. We specialize in drought-tolerant landscaping materials, including a variety of colored Mexican beach pebble and river rocks. To learn how we can help you create the landscape of your dreams, call us today at (866) 380-0770.

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