Your patio is the hub of your Lewis Center, OH, backyard. Instead of a plain paver patio, elevate the look of your patio flooring with the use of interesting laying patterns. By using pavers in different colors, sizes, or shapes, our outdoor living specialists can create a variety of laying patterns that will turn a plain patio into a striking piece of art.
Traditional Laying Patterns
Alternating horizontal and vertical pavers in a zig-zag arrangement creates a herringbone pattern. A herringbone pattern adds interest without being overly daring. To emphasize this look, pavers in different color tones can be used.
A basket weave pattern uses rectangular pavers laid in pairs to create blocks. Alternating between horizontal and vertical pairs creates a woven appearance. Changing the angle of the blocks can help identify different zones in the patio.
Modular Laying Patterns
Many pavers are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Combining square and rectangular pavers in various sizes creates an informal look with less repetition. Depending on the type of pavers you choose, options with three or four different sizes may be available. The more shapes and sizes included in the pattern, the more random it will appear.
If your landscape is best suited to a natural-looking patio, opt for flagstone pavers in irregular shapes. Flagstones are fitted together based on size and shape, creating an informal patio with a random pattern.
Enhancing a paver patio with borders will add interest and create a higher degree of visual impact. Borders are both attractive and functional. They provide almost unlimited design options, with a variety of different styles. A border can also help define outdoor rooms, direct traffic, and identify boundaries. Continuing the same border pattern in other masonry features, such as seating walls, grill islands or fire features will create consistency in your landscape.
There are a variety of ways to create borders in your patio design. The most striking borders use pavers in a contrasting color. Charcoal grey pavers create dramatic contrast when paired with almost any color paver. Selecting pavers in different shades of thesame color creates a polished, uniform look. Using the same stone set at a different angle or in different sizes will create a less prominent border.
There are also different options for border laying patterns. The most common border is a soldier course which involves laying rectangular pavers side-by-side. A sailor course uses pavers set end-to-end and makes a narrower border than a soldier course. To create thicker borders using this technique, we can combine more than one row of pavers. Inlaid borders use a contrasting border set further inside the patio area to really add impact. Inlaid borders are a great way to emphasize interesting shapes, define outdoor rooms and create walkways.
Shapes and Designs
The flexibility of pavers means a greater amount of creative freedom with patio designs. A skilled mason can use pavers to create impressive shapes and patterns. Circles, rings, swirls and checkerboards all add interest to a paver patio. To really up the impact, consider custom designs and images such as stars, a compass rose, or adding waves near a pool.
For bigger landscapes with a large paver field, combining different laying techniques can serve multiple purposes. Inlaid pavers can be used to create pathways, while faux paver rug designs are a creative way to enhance an outdoor room.