Laying Patterns

An interesting paver pattern can contribute to the overall appeal of your paver project and adds character to your home and landscape. Most Unilock products are adaptable to a number of laying patterns. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help you develop a paver pattern you can be proud of!


Random patterns are popular with homeowners because they lend a natural, crafted feel to projects. Depending on the paver you choose there are typically a number of different patterns to choose from that deliver a random feel. Your contractor can help guide you as to which pattern will deliver the best balance of installation efficiency and aesthetics for your unique project, or may recommend laying pavers randomly, without following a pattern at all!

Running Bond

While this laying pattern is not new, when used with larger size pavers it takes on a contemporary feel that is increasing in popularity. In this project, the pavers are an identical size, but depending on the product chosen, the pavers within rows may be various lengths, and the width of the rows may be varying sizes. Therefore, there are many looks that can be achieved with a running bond pattern.


This classic paver pattern has been traditionally seen using smaller size rectangular paver units. However, larger size pavers can be laid in a herringbone as well which delivers a unique modern feel. Herringbone is a particularly good choice for driveways because they are better able to resist shifting under the pressure of turning tires.

Stacked Bond

While this is a popular pattern for indoor floor tiles that are set in mortar, it is much less popular in exterior projects as it is extremely difficult to maintain the straight lines in both directions. Most outdoor use of this pattern is seen in roof decks where the pavers are placed on pedestals as is the case with the condominium pool deck seen here.

Consider a Diagonal

Whatever pattern you choose, remember that you don’t have to lay it perpendicular to your home or pool. A diagonal orientation can add visual interest when used for an entire project or as a subtle distinction between different areas of the project. In this photo you can see that the seating area is laid on a diagonal, while the landing area is perpendicular.

Add borders

A smartly placed border in your paver and wall design adds flair to your project and can be used to create continuity with other features of your home. As well, it can be used to define edges of pools, steps, and different areas of the project, like the firepit area in this photo. Get creative by exploring different colors, textures, paver orientations and border thicknesses. And don’t be afraid to use more than one product color or style in a double border.

Tools to help:

Mix and match online

Simply drag and drop various borders, accents and color swatches next to each other and start to envision the possibilities. 

Laying patterns

A variety of optional laying patterns are featured on each product page of our website and in our catalog to help visualize your design.