Adding personality to your outdoor living space begins at your feet – with your pavers. To fire up your imagination, here are 6 enchanting stone paver designs for your Mohegan Lake, NY patio:
1. Round it out
Paving stones may be square or rectangular, but don’t let that stop you from adding a rounded shape to your patio. Rounded shapes are more natural, more organic-looking, and they also help small spaces feel much more spacious because the eye is drawn to the curves and not fixated on the perimeter.
Circular and fan-shaped laying patterns have been used for centuries to give visual interest to plazas, streets and courtyards, and accents, such as swirls or spirals, can be added in subtle or dramatic ways in to any hardscape.
Rounded shapes are easiest to create with pavers that are small in dimension, such as cobblestones. Unilock Courtstone or Brussels Block pavers, for example, are perfect for creating circles, fans, or any curved shapes.
2. Change the angles
One beautiful way to create a transition between one space and another (for example, a walkway and a patio, or within distinct zones on a patio), is by altering the laying pattern. On the walkway, you might want a linear laying pattern such as a running bond, to guide the eye and encourage movement; but once you’ve arrived at your destination – the patio – you want to linger, which can be achieved by a randomized paver laying pattern, or by switching to a herringbone or basketweave pattern set at an angle to the home. Herringbone and basketweave laying patterns are best achieved with brick-style pavers, such as Mattoni, Town Hall and Copthorne.
3. Change the sizes
Many Unilock pavers come in a variety of sizes and shapes, which gives you endless opportunities when it comes to laying patterns, borders, and accents. Achieve a more formal and modern look by using larger-format pavers in a simple laying pattern, such as running bond; or have some fun creating a relaxed appearance by using three different sizes and shapes laid in a more casual and random way. Beacon Hill Flagstone is available in an XL Unit, as well as smaller size and shape options to allow you to do this.
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4. Seating walls
Seating walls can make your patio feel more intimate and more of an extension of your home than a separate space. They provide seating for large gatherings but also give you a place to put flower pots bursting with annuals, and a way to define specific-use areas. It’s also an opportunity to add a vertical dimension to your outdoor space, which is especially welcome on very flat lots. Choose Rivercrest Wall for seating walls with the rich, natural appearance of stacked flagstone.
5. Mix your materials
A unified look in your landscape is great – but that doesn’t restrict you to using one type of paver throughout! You can tie all of your outdoor areas together by using two or three (or more!) different pavers in different ways. For example, you can use one type of paver as the unifying theme for your patio, walkway, driveway and even pool deck – and one or two additional types of pavers as accents, inlays, or borders.
The title image features a Beacon Hill Flagstone patio with a circular Mattoni inlay, Copthorne accents, Brussels Block outer border, and Rivercrest Wall verticals.