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7 Paving Design and Pattern Ideas

Pavers, whether in the form of stone tiles or cladding, are wonderfully practical materials for the home. Using specific paving patterns adds personality and flair to any space. Not only are they durable, they’re an effective design element that can be used to highlight specific areas and bring aesthetic harmony by creating clean lines and surfaces. These are some innovative and popular paving patterns to consider.

1. Basket Weave

The basket weave is a popular paving design in which two rectangular pavers are laid vertically side by side, followed by two of the same pavers laid vertically. This pattern is repeated to create a woven basket texture. Different pavers and a light colour paving sand can be used to create contrast.

2. Herringbone

The herringbone pattern is also very popular. A rectangular-shaped paver is laid vertically, followed by another paver laid next to it horizontally,. The herringbone can be laid at 90 degrees or 45 degrees. While both are equally striking, the latter’s tilt tends to highlight the ‘bone’ angle.

3. Stretcher Bond

The stretcher bond paving design is one of the easiest paving patterns. Associated with a traditional brick wall design, it’s frequently used in stone cladding for walls and other vertical surfaces.

In the stretch bond design, pavers are simply laid out in rows in an identical direction, with the centre of each paver in the next row lined up with the meeting point between the two pavers in the previous row. Like the herringbone design, the stretcher bond pattern can be laid out at 90 or 45 degree angle to maximise impact.

4. Diamond Paving

The diamond paving design makes use of (usually) square shaped pavers laid out in identical rows, with identical meeting points for every row and individual paver. The diamond effect arises from the angling: pavers are placed so that running two lines between facing corners make a cross.

5. Contrasting Pattern

The contrasting pattern design can be used in conjunction with any other paving pattern. The key is to use different colour pavers to create a larger shape in the overall design. For example, you may use different colour pavers to create a circle, a square, a series of lines, or other geometric shapes of your choice. These shapes can form the centrepiece of your driveway, indoor surface, or pathway.

6. European Fan

The European fan (also known as the circle fan, Belgian pattern, or Florentine pattern) is a popular and classic way to pave. A large area is required to do the pattern justice, though smaller pavers may provide the same impact in a smaller space.

As this design is relatively more complicated, some pre-planning will be required if you’re laying the pavers yourself. Square pavers are laid out in curved rows that gradually lengthen in order to yield a fan shape.

7. Promenade

the promenade is sure to please those looking for an elegant and formal paving design. There are a few variations on the promenade pattern, but the most frequently seen design is one in which pavers are laid out to form a cross shape and a fan shape is used in each of the ensuing quarters created by the cross shape.

The promenade pattern is often set off with a straight border that runs parallel to the central cross shape before the pattern is again repeated, for example, along a pathway. This design is very suitable for driveways, wide paths, and courtyards.

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