When it comes to patio flooring, there are a number of options to consider. Just as important as your patio covers are to giving you a sheltered space to enjoy, the patio roof is just one aspect to the design of your outdoor living experience. We’ll discuss some of the styles of patio pavers as well as different options that you could use, either in conjunction with your pavers or in replacement to. Then, you can decide which option works best for your given situation. Basically, when it comes to your outdoor patio space, brick, rock, stone and concrete are going to be your best bets. You can also find that a cultured stone will work just as well in many situations as natural stone materials or flagstone, but again, there are some things to consider.
In another post on our site, we’ve discussed a bit more about patio paver installation, this article will focus more on the patio design ideas that utilize these and other materials for your flooring choices. Specifically, we’ll talk about a few different ways that you can create patio paver designs that can complement the look of your space and give your flooring an element of design in its own right.
There are a few different and common patterns that are used. The patterns that are possible are due to the nature and shape of the pavers used. So, classifying the different styles would be a good approach. We can talk about the shape mostly, as the material from which they are made will mostly be a reflection of that. From there, we can discuss how each one can be laid and the different design ideas one can use. Pavers are often one of the bigger tools of the hardscape element of your backyard landscape design.
These are commonly rectangular shaped pavers. They do come in different sizes, the most common being the 2”x3”x8” size. These also come in a variety of color ranges, from reds to brown and tans. The browns and tans are great for patio and walkway areas. The red bricks are typical of a garden path or driveway. There are no distinct rules and trends changed all the time. With these simple shaped pavers, you can make a variety of designs.
On of the more popular designs is the ‘basket weave pattern’. As the name implies, this pattern has a crossing pattern. There are actually several different ways you can lay a pattern to get a variety of basket weaves. Usually, two pavers are used side-by-side, then the next set are placed perpendicular to those. Think of this pattern as a larger square with four smaller sections inset. Each of those inset sections consist of two bricks placed at 90 degrees to the others. However, you could also utilize a combination of this method using a single paver spacing between the ‘quadrants’ as it were for a unique look as well. Photo credit
Another popular pattern is the ‘herringbone pattern’. This one is a bit more complex. But, once you get the pattern started, it is really a matter of continuity. With this one, it is the ends of the rows that get a bit tricky. To ensure this one gets laid more easily, with fewer cuts necessary, it is important to use great layout and measurements. Herringbone patterns are laid in a 90 degree angle to one another, end to end. This creates an L-shaped pattern that repeats itself. There is also a 45 degree angle herringbone pattern that is equally as attractive. This one often creates slightly more cuts and waste, but the finished look is really worth it. Photo credit
Next, there is the ‘running bond’ type of pattern. This one is a simpler layout. It is structured like a brick wall with the joints overlapping one another. It is great for long stretches of straight paths or a driveway as well. This isn’t to say it cannot be used in curvilinear spaces, but it is a definitive geometric look. Photo credit
Patio Pavers that ‘Interlock’
While these are not necessarily a different material than the brick ones, they are shaped differently. These ones look like a stop sign with a square stuck beneath it. Because of this shape, they can be made into a variety of different patterns that can give your patio an entirely unique look. You can also combine these with the other ordinary shaped pavers to create a pattern all your own. Photo credit
While not necessarily a category, this is more of a look. These come in a variety of shapes. Typically, squares or rectangular shapes are the most common. They are often a tumbled stone, giving them that aged, old world feel. These, too, come in a variety of hues. Light tans, browns and grey tones are the more popular of these.
While not necessarily a paver, it is a type of stone that is often used for patio floors. The beauty of flagstone and other cultured stones similar to this is in its more random or natural appearance. This material has a natural ruggedness or free form about it. No edges are perfectly linear and they can be laid to look like a path through nature or something that would naturally have been formed. This can definitely give your patio or backyard space that unique look. These and other enduring patio paver designs are sure to help you enjoy your outdoor space for a long time to come. Photo credit