Pea Gravel Colors

Updated February 21, 2017

Pea gravel is made up of small, pea-sized smooth stones or pebbles that can be used for various landscaping projects, such as gardening or in walkways, and is also sometimes used in aquariums. Pea gravel is available in a variety of textures and colours, depending on what type of stone the pea gravel is composed of.


Pea gravel is most commonly available is shades of brown, since many stones are naturally this colour. When you receive brown pea gravel, you will most likely find that the shades of brown vary slightly, with some pieces darker or lighter coloured than the others. This is typical in natural pea gravel, and gives the pea gravel an earthy, natural look that works well with many outdoors and gardening projects. Although individual pebble colours vary, you can choose pea gravel in a wide range of brown tones, from deep, rich browns to light tans. Choose a colour that matches both the other stones in your yard and your house colour.


As many rocks are normally white in colour, pea gravel is also commonly available in white shades. Pea gravel can mostly be found in off-white colours, as it is likely that some grey-coloured pebbles will find their way into the pea stone mix. White pea stone pebbles may also be mixed with other pea stones colours, such as grey, brown or even black. This mixing gives the pea gravel a more interesting look, especially when it's used for walkways or driveways.

Grays and Blacks

Pea gravel can be found in many different shades of grey, from almost white to nearly black. Pea stone can also be found in black, although there may be some grey stones mixed in with each batch. Some greys are a mix of light and dark stones, making for a more varied, appealing colour scheme. Gray and black pea gravel provides a neutral background for plants or other outdoor decorations.

Brighter Colors

Depending on what type of rock is used to create the small pea gravel, many surprising colours can be achieved. Blue- or red-tinted rocks create blue- or red-hued pea gravel. The natural colour of the rock, and the blend of rocks used in the pea gravel, determine how bright the resulting pea gravel is. Man-made pea gravel or aquarium pea gravel can be found in a variety of even brighter greens, blues, reds and other electric colours. These colours can be fun to choose from, but some brighter colours may clash with the colours of the plants in your garden or the fish in your aquarium.

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