15 Stepping Stone Ideas to Transform Your Garden

Brophy Interiors front yard

Brophy Interiors

While some may overlook outdoor design, the yard is the perfect place to continue to showcase your personal style, create a lush oasis, family-geared hangout, or even foster a green thumb. Even the smallest of spaces can be spruced up with a simple trellis, natural stone walkway, creative handmade pavers, and more.

Looking for an easy way to give your yard a fresh look? We've rounded up 15 stepping stone ideas that can work for anyone on any budget and timeline.

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    Make a Path to the Playhouse

    Backyard stepping stones

    Design: Emily Henderson / Sara Tramp

    This family-friendly backyard from Emily Henderson uses stepping stones for a clear path to the playhouse. A well-manicured lawn, swing set, and navy fence make it a whimsical escape.

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    Line It With Trees

    Calimia Home garden

    Calimia Home

    Trees, foliage, and flowers are a great addition to any walkway. This yard from Calimia Home in El Portal, Florida, adds a tropical feel to this historic bungalow.

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    Use Local Stone

    Stone patio

    Finding Lovely

    Blogger Jackie Hempel of Finding Lovely worked with Terrascapes Landscape Design on her backyard oasis, which consists of a stone patio and walkways built from local quartz. Now, she and her family can enjoy plenty of time outside.

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    Go Large-Scale

    Brophy Interiors front yard

    Brophy Interiors

    This landscaped front yard from California-based Brophy Interiors includes a matching patio, fire pit, and comfortable seating. Effective outdoor design doesn't have to be complex.

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    Go Natural

    Natural stone walkway

    The Spruce / Sarah Crowley

    Natural stone makes this minimalist yard peaceful. Paired with cacti and other low-water plants, it's a low-maintenance design with big impact. If you live in a naturally arid area, look to xeriscaping for an easy landscape design.

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    Create Cohesiveness

    Path over the pond yard

    @ladylandscape / Instagram

    Canadian lansccape designer Melanie Rekola's Instagram page, @ladylandscape, should be a go-to resource for anyone going through a backyard makeover. In this yard, which includes multiple water features, she cleverly kept the pathway going for ease of access.

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    Make It Meander

    Stone pathway yard

    Dig Your Garden

    This outdoor space from award-winning Dig Your Garden Landscape Design was set-up for multiple conversation points. A meandering stone walkway, orange tree, and sunny facade make it a cheerful spot to spend the afternoon. Designer tip: Built varying walkways in your yard.

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    Switch Up Sizing

    Pure Salt Interiors stone walkway

    Pure Salt Interiors

    Stone pavers don't only have to be used in the backyard. This entry walkway from Pure Salt Interiors uses mismatched stone with slight color variation for subtle yet thoughtful curb appeal. Get this look at home by pairing a variety of stone hues and sizes.

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    Define Zones

    Stone yard with fenced garden

    Finding Lovely

    Stone pathways naturally define spaces, take this circular outdoor space with fenced-in garden, central tree, and curated shrubbery for instance. Merge your home, patio, and garden through walking paths.

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    A Sunken Conversation Pit

    Stone sunken patio

    @ladylandscape / Instagram

    Conversation pits are popular for good reason. This natural stone pit, Adirondack-style patio chairs and cozy fireplace are a great formula to design a backyard meant for entertaining.

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    Create a Place for Outdoor Dining

    Stone backyard and outdoor dining table

    The Spruce / Christopher Lee Photo

    There's nothing like dining al fresco, especially in the summer months. Amplify your backyard with an outdoor dining table, chairs, and a stone walkway.

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    Light Up the Path

    Stone walkway with patio chairs and planter

    Land Studio C

    A hot tub, custom bench, Corten Steel, built-in barbecue, and string lights have made this San Francisco backyard quite the spot to hangout. Keep things organized with easy-to-walk-on stone pavers.

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    Fill in the Gaps

    Natural stone path in yard

    Magic Landscaping

    A historic New Jersey home was given a backyard makeover resulting in many intimate gathering spaces. The once-empty yard now has limestone, local greenery, pea gravel, a trampoline, and outdoor dining.

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    A Place to Nap

    Minimalist yard with hammock

    Home Consultant

    Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to have large trees to safely install a hammock. This Scandinavian-inspired yard (think minimalist decor and a quiet color scheme) features a hammock tied to the adjacent fence. Hanging a hammock can be done in as little as 10 minutes and is a sure way to add interest your space.

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    Create a Rustic Entryway

    Front house stone steps

    Design: Emily Henderson / Photo: Sara Tramp

    A rock pathway is an inviting way to amp up your front yard. Including stepping stones in this space, which has lush greenery, trees, and an ivy-covered facade, is a no-brainer.