Paving is the ideal choice when converting unused space into a usable living space. Choosing the correct paving pattern can help to create an eye-catching feature for the new outdoor living spaces.
Concrete pavers are a great alternative in drought-stricken areas and can be used to replace yellowed “patchy” lawns with an attractive and stylish paved outdoor space. It is also functionality and very low maintenance if installed correctly.
Most of the paving patterns can be dated back centuries ago to the Romans who experimented with different paver patterns and designs. The paving pattern and designs the Romans pioneered were so successful that it is still visible in ancient cities around the globe.
Building on centuries of innovation the current day paver and paving patterns used are intricate and sophisticated. Paving pattern options available to modern pavers are vast because of the high-quality modern pavers that can be shaped and cut to create the effect you want and bring your outdoor living spaces to life. Let’s have a look at popular paving patterns and the application of each.
Popular Paving Patterns and Designs
Make the most of outdoor areas and extend your living space with concrete pavers. Spaces around your pool, patio & driveway can be so much more than just a piece of boring concrete. By using a specific paving pattern or a combination of patterns you can define an area and create something interesting.
The top 10 popular paving patterns to consider include:
Herringbone paving pattern; Basketweave paving pattern; Running bond paving pattern; Stack bond paving pattern; Circular paving pattern; European fan paving pattern; Flagstone paving pattern; Cobblestone paving pattern; Interlocking paving pattern; Crazy paving patterns.
Top 10 popular paving patterns with examples
Herringbone paving pattern
Laid in an alternating V-shape the Herringbone is known to be a durable and very stable paving pattern. It is a true classic and the design originated in the old English landscape. The Herringbone paving pattern has a strong visual impact and is a very popular choice when it comes to driveways, patios, and walkway paving patterns. The Herringbone paving pattern is created when pavers are laid at either 45 or 90 degrees to each other with the starting angel determine the overall paving pattern. The Herringbone pattern is a bit more time consuming because of so many paving bricks that need to be cut but the eye-catching effect it creates makes it well worth the effort.
Basketweave paving pattern
Laid in pairs alternating between horizontal and vertical pavers the Basketweave is easy to get started with and creates a historic look with a vintage twist. The Basketweave paving pattern can be used in combination with paving tiles and alternating clours to give a truly creative finish. If you do a bit of planning the Basketweave paving pattern will not require any cutting. The Basketweave paving pattern is commonly used in the patio, pool and entertainment areas. It is also used when reclaimed bricks are used for paving where the pattern draws the eye away from any imperfections.
Running bond paving pattern
Laid end to end with new rows joints positioned in the middle of the previous row the Running bond paving pattern is the most common of all paving pattern options. It is easy to install making it one of the most popular and frequently used paving pattern. Commonly used in residential landscaping, walkways, patios and entertainment areas the Running bond pattern is very durable/strong and can handle significant weight. The running bond pattern is also ideal for curving garden paths as the pattern can flex to follow the curves. The Running bond pattern is also sometimes referred to as the Stretcher Bond paving pattern.
Stack bond paving pattern
Laid side by side with all the joints inline the Stack bond paving pattern creates strong, visual lines and is used in walkways and smaller areas. The linear lines of the Stack bond pattern are great to make a small space look bigger and it works wonders in a small patio. The Stack bond paving pattern has a relatively low structural value and is most often used for aesthetic purposes only. It is also a very eco-friendly pattern option and requires very little cutting with almost zero waste. When installing the paving bricks great care should be taken to follow the line and keep the paving bricks tight together in a straight line. Borders should be set in concrete to ensure the paving pattern stay in tack.
Circular paving pattern
Starting in the center laying bricks in a circular pattern outward to create the circular pattern. Natural shapes like the circular paving pattern are trendy and most commonly used in gardens and driveways. Circular paving is used to create interesting focal points and if installed correctly will turn heads! The circular pattern works great in a round seating area, a boma setup or a starting point for driveway paving. Depending on paving material used the circular paving pattern is challenging to plan, very labor intensive and will require a lot of cutting if reclaimed bricks are used for paving. Our paving consultants are on standby if you need any advice or someone to do it for you!
European fan paving pattern
Laid in a series of arcs the pattern is repeated a few times to get the desired circular effect. The pattern only really works with cube type paving and is very complicated to set out and only works in larger settings. However, it is such a visually pleasing layout that it is easy to understand why it has been such a hit in Europe. The fan pattern also makes it possible to play with contrasting
Flagstone paving pattern
A mixture of different sized stones laid randomly. The Flagstone paving pattern is non-directional and utilizes a combination of rectangular and square paving stones to create a contemporary old world look. The flagstone pattern is used in patios, paths, and walkways. The natural look of the flagstone paver will improve a decorative design. It is also thicker than tiles but thinner than traditional pavers making it more attractive and visually pleasing. The Flagstone paver comes in a variety of colors, textures, patterns, shapes, and finishes. The flagstone product and paving pattern can be used in and around commercial or residential properties.
Cobblestone paving pattern
Laid side by side the square cobbles creates an aesthetically appealing look and can be used in driveways, pathways, flower bed edging and patios. It is easy to install and lend itself to be used in a wide range of patterns and designs. The square cobblestone paving pattern is a true classic and will give any property a unique and customized look. The cobblestone paving pattern can be applied to commercial, residential, and public spaces to create a worn “Old European” look. It is a strong paving stone that is maintenance-free with very little cleaning effort and most popular paving blocks for driveways.
Interlocking paving pattern
Available in 60 mm and 80 mm and working together as a system each concrete paver is dry cast in specific forms to keep the next paver tightly in place. Interlocking pavers are usually laid in a Herringbone pattern to obtain the most strength and stability. It is durable and it’s ecstatic characteristics make it a popular choice. The 60 mm Interlocking paver is used for light industrial use and can be applied to driveways, walkways and parking areas. The 80 mm Interlocking paver is used in heavy industrial applications and can be applied to factory driveways, access roads, and petrol stations.
Crazy paving pattern
Laid in a random pattern, differently-sized natural stones or slate slabs are used to create unique appearances. Crazy paving pattern, also referred to Random paving pattern is made up of irregularly shaped stone mined from a local quarry. Offering a natural random paving pattern this flexible design is a durable paving product can be applied to patios, pathways and pool areas. The crazy paving pattern does require a lot of planning and can be the most time consuming of all paving patterns to complete successfully but if done correctly it could be a great contrast to straight lines and also help to bring your garden to life.
Combining paving patterns to create unique experience
With all the different patterns covered it is only your creativity holding you back. When paving is laid in a spacious area it may give off a very industrial look but with a variety of patterns, you can still create a very interesting outdoor space. Combine paving patterns and playing with different textures,
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