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18 Inspiring Patio Paver Pattern Designs to Enhance Your Outdoor Spaces

Today, 63% of new homes are built with patios, ready to host outdoor barbecues, birthday parties, or picnics. Whether you’re embarking on an add-on, or sprucing up your current patio, creating patterns with patio pavers can give you the chance to be creative when reimagining your outdoor space. The challenge lies in deciding on a paver and a pattern.

In this article, we’ll share 18 patio paver patterns to give you some creative inspiration for your backyard project!
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Traditional Patio Paver Design Patterns 

Traditional patio patterns are typically symmetrical and created using rectangular pavers arranged in a classic formation.  They offer a timeless look that complements a wide range of architectural styles and adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outdoor space. At Unilock, we offer a variety of products in a 3-stone random bundle, ranging from small to large rectangular sizes, offering expanded patterning options for your outdoor space.

Traditional patio paver patterns include:

1. Herringbone Pattern

The herringbone pattern draws inspiration from timeless European designs. Pavers are laid in a way that resembles the bones of a herring fish, with each paver being placed at either a 45 or 90-degree angle to the one next to it. The interlocking design of a herringbone pattern provides a benefit in terms of stability, providing resistance against shifting, especially when used in a driveway application with heavy vehicles and turning wheels. Unlike other patterns that may require you to cut the pavers, the V-shaped interlocking design of a herringbone pattern allows the pavers to fit together neatly and securely along the edges of the patio or driveway. The result is a dynamic and visually interesting pattern that adds depth and texture to a patio. 


Herringbone Pattern

Herringbone Pattern



2. Basketweave Pattern 

Also known as parquet, the basketweave patio paver pattern resembles a woven basket and is created by alternating pavers in a perpendicular pattern. In this pattern, two pavers are laid vertically, and then two pavers are laid horizontally over the vertical pavers, creating a repeating pattern of horizontal and vertical rows.

Basket Weave Pattern


3. Running Bond Pattern  

The running bond pattern is a popular pattern that resembles traditional brickwork.The running bond pattern is an excellent choice for patio areas, straight and curved pathways. Pavers laid in a running bond pattern may be uniform in size, or laid in various lengths and widths of rows, providing flexibility in design.Additionally, this pattern is often used in contemporary landscapes, where a classic, linear look is desired.

Running Bond Pattern


4. Cobblestone Pattern 

One of the most popular patio stone patterns is the cobblestone pattern — a classic and timeless design that is characterized by its naturally irregular, shaped pavers. These patio paver patterns are usually made of natural stone, such as granite or basalt, and are laid in a random, flowing pattern that resembles cobblestones in a European village.  This style has also been replicated in concrete, and offers more consistent dimensions for ease of installation. This pattern creates a natural and rustic look that is perfect for gardens, courtyards, and other outdoor spaces that have a relaxed, informal feel.

Cobblestone Pattern


5. Circular Pattern 

The circular patio paver patterns, also known as the fan or circle paver patterns, are designs that feature pavers arranged in a circular or fan-like formation. This pattern is often used to create a focal point in a patio or outdoor living area and can be enhanced with the use of pavers in different colors or textures. The pavers are typically arranged in a repeating pattern by laying paver rows in a full or half-circle shape, with each circle or fan of pavers slightly offset from the one next to it.


Circular Pattern


Modular Patio Paver Patterns 

One of the great benefits of using modular paver patterns is the flexibility of being able to install square and rectangular sizes in multiple laying patterns. Modular shaped pavers are designed so as not to be affected by movement resulting from freeze-thaw cycles. The straight lines and uniform spacing in modular paver patterns can help achieve a crisp, contemporary look for your patio design.
The top modular patio paver patterns include:

6. Stack Bond Pattern

The stack bond patio paver pattern is a simple and classic design that is achieved by laying pavers in a straight, stacked pattern. The pavers are typically laid side by side and end to end, creating a uniform and organized appearance. This pattern is often used in modern or minimalist designs and can create a clean, sophisticated look for any outdoor living space.


Stacked Bond Pattern


7. Pinwheel Pattern 

The Pinwheel pattern is created by placing pavers in a circular pattern, with each paver laid at a 90-degree angle to the paver beside it. The pavers are then rotated in alternating directions to create the illusion of a spinning pinwheel. This pattern can be used to create a central focal point on a patio or to accentuate a specific area.

Pinwheel Pattern


8. Fan Pattern 

The fan patio paver pattern is a unique and eye-catching design that is popular in European settings and resembles a fan or series of interlocking arches. This pattern can be easily achieved using Unilock Nordic Cobble™ pavers. This pattern is achieved by laying pavers in a series of circular arcs, with each paver slightly offset from the one before it. Fan laying patterns make for welcoming entrance and exit points to walkways.


Fan Pattern


9. Octagonal Pattern 

The octagonal patio paver pattern is a unique and eye-catching design that is achieved through the use of octagonal pavers, in order to create a cohesive and harmonious look. This pattern is versatile and can be used with a variety of pavers, including concrete, clay, and interlocking pavers.


Octagonal Pattern


Asymmetrical Patio Paver Patterns  

If you’re looking to make a statement with your patio design or complement your landscape style, an asymmetrical patio paver pattern can give you a modern or traditional look. Just make sure to choose pavers that complement one another in regards to their color, size, and texture.  
The most popular asymmetrical patterns include:


10. Diagonal or Slanted Pattern

A diagonal or slanted pattern features pavers that are arranged at a 45-degree diagonal or slanted angle, creating a dynamic and eye-catching design. This type of pattern can be used to create a sophisticated look — especially when using pavers of contrasting colors or textures.


Diagonal Pattern


11. Zigzag Pattern 

A zigzag pattern features pavers arranged in a zigzag or serpentine formation, adding movement and dimension to your patio or walkway. This is often achieved using contrasting colors laid in a herringbone pattern to create the illusion of a zig-zag. Each paver should be laid so that its edges are offset from the previous paver by half the width of the paver. If you’re working with irregularly shaped pavers, you may need to make adjustments to ensure that the zigzag pattern remains consistent and aesthetically pleasing. 


Zigzag Pattern


12. Irregular Pattern 

In an irregular pattern, pavers are arranged in an asymmetrical formation using irregular shapes, such as hexagons, octagons, and other non-rectangular shapes. To achieve an irregular pattern, you’ll want to plan out the pattern in advance by laying out the pavers in the desired pattern on a flat surface, such as a driveway or garage floor. 


Irregular Pattern


13. Mosaic Pattern 

A mosaic pattern is a decorative pattern that allows you to incorporate a mix of colors, shapes and textures into your patio design in an asymmetrical arrangement. To make a mosaic pattern, you’ll need a variety of pavers in different shapes, sizes, and colors. You can arrange them in any pattern you like, such as a repeating geometric shape or a random scattering. The key to making a successful mosaic pattern is to have a clear plan before you start laying the pavers and to work methodically, placing each paver carefully in its proper position.


Mosaic Pattern


Patio Paver Patterns For Borders 

Patio paver patterns for borders highly depend on the overall design of your patio and the type of pavers you’re using. Some of these patterns may look better with certain pavers than others, so be sure to consider your options carefully.  
Patio Paver Patterns you can use for borders include: 

14. Flemish Bond Pattern 

This pattern alternates rows of rectangular pavers with square pavers to create a repeating pattern. When the next row is laid, the rectangular pavers are placed so that their short sides face out, creating a repeating pattern of alternating rectangles and squares. This gives the patio a cohesive, structured look that can work well with a range of architectural styles. 


Flemish Bond Pattern


15. Stretcher Bond Pattern 

The stretcher bond pattern creates a brick-like appearance by staggering each row by half the length of the paver. Its straightforward installation process and minimalistic style make it an ideal choice for DIY enthusiasts and those who prefer a simpler design. Additionally, this pattern allows for customization with pavers of various sizes and colors, as well as incorporating other design elements, without detracting from the overall look of the patio. 


Stretcher Bond Pattern


16. Soldier Course Pattern 

Soldier course is a patio paver pattern that is often used for creating borders around a patio, pathway or driveway. The pattern gets its name from the way the pavers are arranged, which resembles soldiers standing at attention. In this pattern, the pavers are laid in a straight line along the edge of the patio, with the long side of each paver parallel to the edge. The pavers can be of the same size and color, or different sizes and colors can be used to create a more decorative effect.


Soldier Course Pattern


17. Radial Pattern 

This pattern can be used to create a central point on a patio, or to soften the edges of a rectangular or square patio. It can be a great choice to add a more organic or natural feel to your outdoor living space. A radial pattern can be created using pavers of different sizes and colors, which can be combined to create unique and intricate designs.  Radial patterns are often used around patio fire pits. For a more natural look, you can opt for irregularly shaped pavers or those with a textured surface, to create a more organic look.


Radial Pattern


18. Wave Pattern 

The wave pattern is a popular option for homeowners who want to add a touch of visual interest to their patio or outdoor space. This type of pattern is typically created by a designer who will lay out a design which will create the actual waves using contrasting colors.

Wave Pattern


Types Of Pavers For Design Patterns

Whether you’re moving into a new home with an already existing patio, or you’re planning to start your project from scratch, there are several different types of pavers you can use to create a pattern. With these pavers, you can design patterns for any outdoor space, including a patio, driveway, walkway, or pool deck.

1. Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers offer a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from. Concrete pavers are both durable and cost-effective, making them a popular choice for patio and walkway projects.

2. Clay Pavers

Clay pavers are a popular choice for both traditional and rustic-style landscapes, thanks to their warm, rich colors, durability, and wide availability. Made from natural clay, these pavers bring a touch of timeless elegance to any outdoor space.

3. Natural Stone Pavers

Natural stone pavers, such as flagstone, slate, and granite, are highly valued for their natural beauty and are frequently utilized in upscale landscape projects.  
These pavers come in a range of colors and textures, offering a wealth of design and creative pattern possibilities.

4. Interlocking Pavers

Interlocking pavers are a versatile choice for hardscape projects, offering the ability to create beautiful patterns and designs with ease. Thanks to their unique locking system, these pavers can be installed without the need for mortar, making them a convenient option for DIYers and professionals alike. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, providing numerous possibilities for your project.

5. Brick Pavers

Brick pavers, crafted from baked clay, offer a classic and durable option for traditional and historical landscapes. They come in a range of colors and sizes and are prized for their timeless appearance. If you’re seeking a traditional look for your outdoor space, brick pavers are the way to go.

6. Slate Pavers

Slate pavers are flat stones that come in a range of colors and textures. They are often used to create a modern, minimalist look and can be arranged in a variety of patterns. 
Slate is a hard, dense stone that is resistant to water and weathering. Designed to last, it can withstand heavy foot traffic and is less likely to crack or chip than some other types of natural stone. Looking for patio design ideas? Request a design catalog

Expert Tips for Creating Paver Design Patterns 

Whichever type of paver and pattern you choose, the goal is to create an outdoor space that seamlessly blends with your existing home and feels like a natural extension. You may want to hire a landscape designer or contractor to professionally create a design for you by sketching out a design, or utilizing a 3D design tool, like Uvision software
Follow our expert tips for finding and installing a patio paver layout you’ll enjoy for years to come: 

1. Define Your Style 

Consider the overall style of your home and landscape when choosing a paver pattern for your patio. For example, while a brick pattern may complement a traditional-style home, a modern diamond pattern may be more fitting for a contemporary-style home.

2. Consider The Size and Shape of Your Space

The size of your patio and the number of pavers you’ll be working with can affect the pattern you choose. In smaller spaces, opting for a straightforward laying pattern like the running bond or herringbone, where joint lines are prominent, can create the illusion of a smaller, more intimate atmosphere.
For larger spaces, you can experiment with more complex patterns like the herringbone or circular pattern to create visually appealing designs or opt for larger format pavers or slabs, such as Arcana™ and Beacon Hill™ XL, to create a sense of expansiveness while conserving materials. This approach minimizes visible joint lines, visually enlarging your patio area.

3. Plan for Traffic Flow

Consider the intended use and traffic flow of your patio when choosing a paver pattern. Patterns like the herringbone are ideal for high-traffic areas as they provide a smooth surface, while more intricate patterns like the flemish bond, may be better suited for low-traffic, decorative areas, such as a walkway.

4. Play with Textures and Colors

Incorporating diverse textures and hues can help you bring your patio to life. Experiment with pavers that have a textured appearance resembling natural stone, or opt for an eye-catching design by alternating pavers of varying colors. Unleash your creativity and mix different textures and colors to make your paver pattern truly unique and a reflection of your style. 

Explore Top-Quality Patio Paver Patterns At Unilock  

As a leading manufacturer of pavers, stones and other outdoor materials, we know a thing or two about patios at Unilock. Unilock has been a trusted source of high-quality paving and retaining wall products for more than 50 years, relied upon by the very best designers and contractors to construct exceptional projects that endure the test of time. We operate throughout Canada and the U.S., and are dedicated to providing exceptional quality in all of our products. Discover why we’re the market leader in the paving stones and wall industry for construction and outdoor living, by exploring our extensive paver selection
If you’re not sure which direction to go in, contact our experts to help you choose the best paver and design pattern for your project!
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