Paving creates beautiful outdoor floors, offering a diversity of sizes, shapes and patterns. Individual pavers are commonly square, rectangle, hexagonal or round. Some patterns use one form, while more complex designs combine diverse shapes and sizes. Here are several popular configurations.
Running Bond Pattern
In a running bond pattern, rectangular pavers run in vertical rows, though the grouting of each line doesn't match up. This arrangement mimics the look of brickwork you might see on a house exterior. Simple to construct, the linear design can make a patio or pool area appear larger or more elongated, depending on the direction of the rows. As a variation, you could lay a combination of square and rectangle pavers to create irregular lines for a pleasing randomness.
In herringbone patterns, pavers lie diagonally to form V shapes across the path or outdoor space, adding interest and movement. This layout creates a durable surface and so is ideal for holding the weight of vehicles and also for heavy foot traffic.
If you want to create a vintage feel, one reminiscent of an English country garden, you could incorporate a basket weave design into your paving. This pattern consists of pairs of rectangular pavers set at right angles for a neat and distinctive look. This design also works well with varying tones of pavers.
For outdoor landscapes that feature a water fountain or fire pit, consider a circular paver pattern to encompass and draw attention to the focal point. Alternatively, you might simply want to add interest to a large paved area by incorporating a striking circular design. Typically you would combine it with other simpler patterns to add emphasis and variety.
European Fan Pattern
The variable tiles in a European fan pattern lay out to form an arching fan design. Such forms can present complications and challenges during construction, so costs can be higher. For extra effect, include pavers of complementary or contrasting hues.
The patterns described here are regular patterns that typically complement traditional and modern styled landscapes. Alternatively, you could install irregularly shaped pavers in random designs, which suit various styles, including Tuscan and Mediterranean. Consider your home's architecture when selecting the paver colours to create a harmonious feel, and decide whether you'd rather the paving made a statement or blended into the background. Also, consider the proportions or your yard. As a general rule: the larger the paver and the simpler the layout, the more spacious an area will appear. Conversely, the smaller the pavers with the addition of extra join lines, the more cramped the space will seem.