Natural daylight changes the tones of your pavers throughout different times of the day and can affect the overall look and feel of your outdoor remodel project. Often overlooked by DIY project managers, this factor is one key consideration Genesis Stoneworks’ project managers bring to light in project design consultations.

Angelus Pavers image of fire pit, and example of shadow and light affecting the color.

An example of how shadow, daylight, and ambient light affect the hues and tones of your paver stone designs.


In an article published by one of our paver stone providers, Angelus Pavers & Walls, the effects of light throughout the day, specifically sunset, are explained as follows:

“Color, and the perception of color, is greatly affected by multiple factors. These photos of Sand-Stone-Mocha Courtyard Stone were all taken on the same day at the same property. When photographed before sunset and shortly after sunset, you can see how the light of day changes the color. It is this change in light, throughout the day, that creates beautiful variations of color.”


Image of Angelus Pavers, Time of Day 5:00 PM

5:00 p.m.

Image of Angelus Pavers Time of Day 6:00 PM

6:00 p.m.

Image of Angelus Pavers Time of Day 5:00 PM

7:00 p.m.

Rely on a “hands-on approach” vs. company-provided marketing materials

Providers of paver stones display photos of their products in print and online, and it can be tempting to rely on catalogs or websites to choose your paver stones. Keep in mind that you run the risk of losing time and money if you decide to return and replace your paver stones after installation. It is always a best practice to see the paver stones in person before installing them on your property. 

Variable conditions to consider when choosing your pavers include:

  • Photographic Conditions
  • Time of Day
  • Weather
  • Paver Texture
  • Manufacturing Conditions
  • Quality of Printed Page or Website Image


Image of Angelus Pavers, an illustration of light and shadow affecting the color of the stones.

Illustration of light and shadow affecting the color of paver stones.

Bottom Line

Get actual samples of the paver stones you are considering installing and view them throughout the day to get the overall look and feel. This is the best way to choose the right pavers for your project. Genesis Stoneworks’ outdoor remodeling experts are always happy to discuss your ideas and choices with you. Give us a call to have one of them come out to your project site and give you the resources and information you need to get the job done, right! 

You can schedule your free project estimate by calling us at (888) 389-5533. Let’s get your dream project started!