Paving Patterns and Styles to Play With
Paving your outdoor area might seem like a relatively simple task at first, in that all you need to choose is the type of paver and the colour, however, it’s a bit more involved than first glance would insinuate. You’ll also need to take a look at the paver pattern – that’s the pattern that they are laid in – and also the style of the paver, as some of them you’re able to do some pretty neat patterns with and some you are not. Today we check out some patterns and styles to examine in a little more detail to help you along in your decision making.
The classic pattern of laying pavers is laying bricks at 90 degrees, which is otherwise known as the herringbone pattern. Rotating the design 45 degrees will also give a new look to the paving design. This is a fairly standard pattern in outdoor areas all over the country.
The brick pattern is another one that you will be very familiar with too – albeit generally on vertical surfaces. This involves horizontal lines or bricks, with each new line starting halfway between the brick of the line below. You can use this in your paving for a different look.
Long brick pattern
The long brick pattern is more often seen in tiling rather than paving but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless. This is the same as the brick pattern just with longer pavers.
Rustic bricks style
This is a style of paver that you can use rather than a pattern – rustic bricks. Rustic bricks are bricks that aren’t as perfect as the ones that come directly from the kiln. They’re often recycled and have rough edges, along with a fair degree of colour variation.
The cobblestone effect
You’ll know cobblestone from the uneven patterns on the walkways of great European cities. Cobblestones are uneven stones placed in a variety of patterns. These might be very random, in a hewn brick pattern, or even out in concentric circles is a popular choice. This gives a very human and homely feel to your pavers, rather than the modernity of straight lines – humans are messy too, so why wouldn’t your paving be a little this way too?
Basket weave involves lining up two regular bricks side by side to form a square, then two bricks next to it at 90 degrees to form another square, and this pattern repeated.
Of course, it’s now popular to choose square pavers, which means that it’s near impossible to make patterns unless you choose to go with multiple different sizes and/or shapes of pavers at once. Large tile pavers are extremely popular in backyards, particularly in outdoor entertaining areas as well as around the swimming pool. These are often done in light colours to give off the aura of space.
You’re also able to get smaller pavers or tiles instead of the larger variety. These square pavers are often used along walkways, in driveways, and other thoroughfares.
No matter what pattern or style of stone paver that you decide on, make sure that you get the material right. Some materials require far more care than others to upkeep – and if you don’t want to be taking regular care of your pavers, they may not be the best option. Still, other pavers aren’t great in wet areas, such as around the pool or in outdoor wet areas. You’ll also need to think about whether the style is going to suit both the design of your home (at least from the outside) and the style of your garden, too.