3 Best Paving Solutions for Mid-century Modern Resorts

The Best Paving Solutions for Mid-century Modern Resorts

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Mid-century modern design is having a moment, well, a second moment, that is. With its clean, crisp lines and honest functionality, many hotels and resorts are embracing the quirky retro stylings of MCM. 

It can be easy to furnish a room with MCM-styled nightstands and coffee tables, however it can be more challenging to determine how to design mid-century modern resort paving.

Not sure precisely what mid-century modern design is? Do you need help applying these design principles to create your resort paving solutions? This article has all the information you need.

What is Mid-century Modern?

Mid-century modern design style originated in the U.S. between 1945 and 1969. 

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Defined by its clean lines, simple use of materials, lack of decorative embellishments, and elegant functionality, mid-century modern design often creates a fun, retro appearance that evokes nostalgia.

Key Elements for Mid-century Modern Paving

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While mid-century modern furniture design is well documented, finding examples of mid-century modern resort paving can be more difficult. To create your own unique and stylish mid-century modern resort paving design, there are three main style elements that you should strive to follow: 

1. Less is More

One of the defining features of MCM design is restraint. Mid-century modern design typically refrains from embellishment and excessively ornate decoration. Using fewer materials, fewer patterns, and fewer shapes can aid in developing a cohesive mid-century modern paving design.

2. Simple, Elegant, and Clean

Drawing from its modernist roots, MCM design relies on bold, clean lines and honest, raw materials to make its bold architectural statements.

Eschewing Victorian architecture’s gaudy and ornate stylings, Mid-century modern design leans on crisp lines, simple, well-defined shapes, and strong material choices to make a statement.

3. Functionality

At the core of Mid-century modern design is an emphasis on functionality, which makes it a terrific design style for outdoor spaces where functionality reigns supreme.

For a true mid-century modern resort paving solution, creating an exceptionally functional space must be at the heart of your design regardless of your layout or materials. 

Mid-century Modern Resort Paving Designs

Though many options are available to the discerning landscape architect, concrete pavers, grass, and gravel are preferred for mid-century modern resort paving designs.

Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers are an integral tool in any mid-century modern landscape architect’s toolbox. 

Available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, concrete pavers can make a daring statement in any environment.

Intermittently lay large, sharply rectangular pavers throughout a grassy area or spread small pavers in a geometric pattern throughout a gravel surface to create bold mid-century modern designs. 


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The natural minimalism of using grass as an alternative to paving areas is an authentic mid-century modern paving design. 

A finely-manicured, well-defined lawn can serve as a delightful contrast to the stark shapes and colors of an MCM-designed house, hotel, or resort.

Grass can create a stunning visual effect, but it is not equipped to stand up to the rigors of vehicle weight and consistent foot traffic without supplementation.

TRUEGRID permeable pavers can elevate your grass paving to the next level of functionality and practicality by eliminating the rutting, mud, and dead grass typically associated with high-traffic grass areas. 

By protecting grass’s delicate roots, TRUEGRID permeable pavers allow grass to survive and thrive in high-traffic areas.


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Unrivaled in functionality, gravel driveways, walkways, and patios are a classic design material.

Providing 100%-permeability and the functional simplicity that defines MCM design, using gravel as a paving material fits perfectly into the aesthetic and ethics of mid-century modern architecture.

Use gravel to fill well-defined, curved walkways and patios, or disperse it throughout concrete pavers to create more contrast in your paving design. Create striking, low-maintenance parking lots and driveways that would feel right at home in the 1950s while keeping material and maintenance costs low.

There are some downsides to using gravel as a paving alternative; it can easily spill out of and over its borders and quickly develop deep ruts and divots in high-traffic areas. Fortunately, TRUEGRID permeable pavers can quickly and efficiently eliminate these problems.

TRUEGRID’s open structure creates the perfect system to lock gravel in place, to maintain your crisp, clean mid-century modern lines. Additionally, TRUEGRID’s industry-leading compressive strength easily eliminates ruts and divots, for a durable, low-maintenance, and 100%-permeable paving alternative.

Use TRUEGRID Permeable Pavers for Durable and Practical Mid-century Modern Resort Paving Solutions

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Whether you need to prevent ruts and divots in gravel parking lots or lock gravel into its crisp, well-defined walkway border, TRUEGRID has precisely what you need.

Utilize the industry-leading compressive strength of TRUEGRID PRO PLUS for gravel or grass parking lots and roads or the PRO LITE for long-lasting gravel and grass driveways, walkways, and patios.

Need to create a durable grass surface in a hurry? Try the TRUEGRID ROOT® system. Simply lay down your paver, soak the area, and firmly roll or press the paver into the ground, and voila! You now have a beautiful and durable grass surface ready for action.

Choose TRUEGRID for Long-Lasting and Eco-Friendly Paving Alternatives

Since 2013, TRUEGRID has been developing functional, practical, and durable paving solutions that not only work for your project, but work for the environment too.

Made from 100% post-consumer recycled HDPE and manufactured 100% in the U.S., TRUEGRID permeable pavers have kept millions of pounds of plastics out of landfills and millions of gallons of water in the water table.. Check out the full lineup of TRUEGRID products or get an online estimate to get your project started and find out how you can be true to your project and true to the environment with TRUEGRID.

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