21 Gorgeous Gravel Driveway Ideas

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The outside of our home is as much of a statement of who we are as the inside is. And though we often think of things like exterior home colors and landscaping, perhaps we don’t immediately think of our driveways. But having a beautiful drive can make a difference in first impressions.

Though a paved drive doesn’t leave much room for individual expression, gravel drives offer more options. Yes, they are dusty, and yes, you must replenish them every so often, but maybe they’re better than you think. We’ve compiled twenty-one gorgeous gravel driveway ideas for you to see and decide if gravel is the way you want to go.

Front of modern house with gravel driveway. 21 Gorgeous Gravel Driveway Ideas

1. Edge Your Gravel Driveway With Beautiful Low Flowering Plants

English country house and garden in Autumn with a gravel driveway. The house is Victorian period, with flower borders filled with shrubs and perennials. Edge Your Gravel Driveway With Beautiful Low Flowering Plants

In this lovely brick home, tan-colored small pea gravel is used to create an attractive and neat driveway that works with the red brick color. Along the edges of the drive, small shrubs in various flowering styles are planted to create a green edging. The result is very pleasing and does an excellent job of outlining the drive.

2. Match Your Gravel Color To Your Home If Possible

Large family home set in idyllic rural landscape below blue summer skies. Match Your Gravel Color To Your Home If Possible

In this picturesque setting, the circular driveway is simple. The limestone is the same lovely shade of white as the home, so everything works very well together. The green grass near the house provides a continuation of the green inside the circle, which is additional visual continuity.

3. Edge Your Gravel With Vertical Brick

A beautiful estate home with French architecture. Edge Your Gravel With Vertical Brick

In this beautiful gravel car park area, the edges have been lined with brick. Rather than the traditional horizontal or longways choice of laying, the homeowner has arranged the brick in a vertical pattern with the short ends lining up against the gravel.

Yes, this takes more brick, but you get a wider border, and the look is really neat and lovely. We also see the use of a low shrub wall in green at the edge of the brick.

4. Border Your Long Gravel Drive With A Split Rail Fence

a winding country road passes though a bucolic farm in autumn. Border Your Long Gravel Drive With A Split Rail Fence

Nothing says picturesque and country like the image of a long curving driveway bordered by a split rail fence. Even if you have a smaller driveway, the use of split rail fencing delivers a particular aesthetic that is undeniable. All you’ll need to add is a few handsome sheep to keep your lawn grass neat and tidy behind that fence, and you’ll be in business.

5. Add A Cement Border To Your Gravel Driveway

long red gravel driveway to a custom home with trees lining the driveway. Add A Cement Border To Your Gravel Driveway

Here’s another long gravel drive that is neat as a pin. In this instance, attractive red-toned gravel was chosen. Along the edges, we see a custom cement border that has been poured in place. The advantage to having a border like this is that it can divide the gravel from the grass. It helps keep the gravel in place and also helps keep grass from growing out into your driveway.

6. Create A Formal Entrance For Your Gravel Drive

Gated open entrance with road driveway in rural countryside in Virginia estate with stone fence and gravel dirt path street with green lush trees in summer. Create A Formal Entrance For Your Gravel Drive

Just because you’ve gone with gravel instead of pavement doesn’t mean you have to give up glamor and formality. On this driveway, a dual stone wall has been built to frame the entrance to the drive. It’s a way to tell visitors they’re about to enter a home that’s special.

The natural stone may have even be pulled from the surrounding property. And we love the bronze pineapples on the pillars. They only have to tell their visitors to turn in at the pineapples!

7. Set Your Gravel Drive Among A Drapery Of Trees

Live Oak Trees Spanish Moss Path. Set Your Gravel Drive Among A Drapery Of Trees

With gravel, one of the advantages is that it won’t crack and buckle if a stray root should come it’s way. So why not plant a row of beautiful draping trees along either side of your drive? Though live oaks like these will take years to get to this size, there are other varieties that you can try if you want something more fast-growing. The result is something beautiful, just like this drive.

8. Combine Gravel With Openwork Concrete Pavers

Entry for cars into the property made of openwork concrete pavement filled with colorful pebbles. Combine Gravel With Openwork Concrete Pavers

Here’s a unique idea for a bit of a hybrid-style driveway. Openwork concrete pavers have been laid, and colorful stone fills the gaps between. Along the edges are a few pebbled planting beds with young trees planted. Eventually, they will get tall and provide gorgeous shade and canopy for the driveway. Look for a product called turf stone if you’re interested in this application.

9. Use Strategic Planting Boxes To Separate Home Entrance From The Driveway

ramp way for support wheelchair disabled people. Use Strategic Planting Boxes To Separate Home Entrance From The Driveway

Here’s a clever idea for creating a clear separation between the driveway and the entry to your home. Utilize square planting boxes to cordon off the entryway. This will ensure that cars do not drive onto any ramp or sidewalk you have for access to your home. These planting boxes in concrete are both sturdy, functional, and attractive. The taller woody plants provide some visual separation as well.

10. Use A Natural Stone Edging For Your Gravel Driveway

Countryside house exterior. View from driveway. Use A Natural Stone Edging For Your Gravel Driveway.

Natural stone looks at home in most rural or suburban landscapes. Here long, narrow chunks of stone have been used to create an edging for this drive. The reason to have an edging is multi-purposed. One, it holds the gravel in place and keeps it from littering the lawn or garden beds. And two, it looks neat and crisp.

11. Match Your Sidewalk To Your Driveway

orange house. Match Your Sidewalk To Your Driveway

If your driveway is gravel, why not match your sidewalk to it? Here the two entrances to the house are pleasingly symmetrical. The march of boxwood shrubs that lines them further emphasizes this orderly home exterior. If you like crisp lines and angles, then this look might work for your home’s exterior style.

12. Create A Beautiful Entryway From Your Front Door To Meet Your Driveway

Front Door Of Modern brick wall house, Create A Beautiful Entryway From Your Front Door To Meet Your Driveway

When also used as parking areas at the front of the home, Gravel drives invoke English manors. If you love that look and want to create that feeling for your own home, you should consider the entryway.

Here, a double door is painted a rich marine blue. From the step, you walk onto a simple half-circle of pavers that meet the gravel. Elegant square planters frame the entry with creatively pruned shrubs filling the boxes.

13. Keep Things Simple And Have The Gravel Meet The Side Of Your Home

Newly build modern and rustic home from exterior in natural brown and grey colors with walkways, green grass and natural stone. Keep Things Simple And Have The Gravel Meet The Side Of Your Home

Not a gardener? Don’t want to deal with plants and weeds and all of the work that goes with landscaping? Then this idea might be for you. Rather than have beds or borders that separate your home from the gravel drive and parking area, why no have the gravel run right up to your home. If you choose beautiful stone and lay a concrete stoop and sidewalk, you’ll create a simple and elegant entryway and parking area.

14. Frame Your Driveway With Aromatic Lavender Bushes

Gravel driveway to a country house with lavender border. Frame Your Driveway With Aromatic Lavender Bushes

Imagine pulling up this driveway in a convertible. You’d hit instant relaxation with the smell of all that gorgeous lavender. The nice thing about a border like this is it looks neat without being so rigid or needing a ton of care. Lavender is a perennial and, in the right climate, will keep its leaves most of the year around. Which makes it a great driveway border plant. And your home will smell amazing all of the time!

15. Add Some Wooden Gates At The Entrance To Your Driveway

Open wooden gates at entrance to modern house

This beautiful driveway has the double whammy of a gorgeous fieldstone fence and some hand-built wooden gates. This is a simple but effective way to show that this is a private place, but when open, visitors are welcome. The gravel chosen here matches both the fieldstone in the wall and the color of the wooden gates. It’s a pleasing and welcoming look.

16. Border Your Driveway With A Low Adobe Wall

brick home with Gravel Drive Adobe Wall. Border Your Driveway With A Low Adobe Wall

There are many gravel driveways in the western US. But if you want something to kind of hold your driveway in place, consider bordering it with a low wall. Here, adobe is used, but any material that’s right for your environment works. Brick, fieldstone, or poured concrete could all make super walls to border your gravel with.

17. Don’t Forget About Judiciously Placed Boulders

American green siding house exterior with landscape design. Don't Forget About Judiciously Placed Boulders

If you love the look of big rocks, then here’s an idea for you. Massive boulders have been put in place to act as both a retaining wall for the higher level lawn and as a border for the gravel driveway. This is not a DIY project, as you’ll need some heavy equipment to move those rocks into place. The finished product looks great, though.

18. Create A Transom of Pavers Between The Paved Street And Gravel Driveway

If you love the look of gravel, but live off of a paved road, then you may appreciate this idea. A transom of pavers creates a neat border between the loose gravel driveway and the crisp paved road. This transom with its grooves will catch any gravel from car tires or rain and keep the street from being littered with your driveway’s rock. Plus, it looks nice, and your neighbors will appreciate it.

19. Use Garden Edging To Separate The Gravel From The Beds

Metal garden edging is readily available at most garden stores, home improvement stores, and online stores. This flat material often comes in a roll, and you hammer it in where you want some neat edging to separate spaces. Here’s it’s used to separate the gravel driveway from the bordering hedge bed. It serves to keep the gravel in the driveway where it belongs and the mulch on the beds.

20. Edge Your Driveway With Cobblestones

Cobblestones have an old-world charm that works great with gravel driveways. With this triple row of cobblestones, similarly colored gravel has been chosen. A simple grass lawn border is tidy next to the cobblestone.

21. Use A Parking Grid Under The Gravel

If you worry about mud and moisture with your gravel drive and parking pad, use a plastic parking grid. These grids are available in different densities, and their purpose is to provide irrigation and a place for water runoff. This keeps gravel drives and parking areas from becoming spots for mud and potholes. 

Gravel Is The Way To Go

If you love a driveway that looks like one with nature, then gravel is a great choice. It comes in various shades and sizes, so you can find what fits your budget and design needs.

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