One of the most common mistakes with garden paths is to make them too narrow. Allow for plants spilling over onto the pathway. Choose a non slip surface for shady pathways and slopes. Curving paths have a relaxed feel encouraging us to slow down and enjoy the garden. Straight paths are practical for utility areas. To discourage shortcuts that damage lawns and gardens, place a path along the most direct line of access. Light colours reflect light, but a bright white path can be hard on the eyes on a sunny day. Dark colours absorb heat and may get too hot for bare feet in summer. Mixing paving materials adds interest, but if you want to create a feeling of spaciousness one simple paving material is best. Where steps bisect a pathway, use a contrasting trim to draw attention to the change of level. Choose a material to suit the need. Main paths need solid durable surfaces that are comfortable to walk on. Pebbles and shells suit light use areas. Use low mat-forming plants to soften hard lines. Tufts of moss or creeping thyme growing between pavers urges the observer to slow down for a closer look but mounding plants in the middle of a pathway can be dangerous. Keep taller plants to the edges.