Block paving is a staple of outdoor design. Not only is the well-established paving both cost-effective and environmentally sustainable, it’s also incredibly versatile.
Block paved patterns have become popular over the years as they bring a much more stylish appearance than tarmac or poured concrete. But since there are a number of designs that can be used, including different colours, styles and sizes, it can understandably be a bit of headache deciding which is right for you.
To make things simpler, we’ve put together a list of five different types of block paving patterns that could help you create the paving look you want. Take a closer look at the options on offer and make sure you choose the right laying pattern before you start any work.
Stretcher bond is a classic paving design that is perhaps the most widely used of all the different block paving patterns. Sometimes also known as running bond or half bond, the aesthetic of stretcher bond is a clean, uniform pattern that is easy to achieve. It most resembles the brickwork of a house.
Although a basic design, one of the main reasons someone would opt for a stretcher bond style is that it tends to be much cheaper to lay. This is due to the simple fact that it is faster for a contractor to lay the paving bricks than it would be with a more complex pattern.
Another great reason to choose a stretcher bond is that it's very eco-friendly, as it requires minimum cutting and leaves close to zero waste behind.
Basket weave is perhaps the most popular alternative to the traditional straight block paving pattern. Named ‘basket weave’ simply because of how it resembles the appearance of a basket’s weave, the style features interlacing blocks that produce a visual style that appears like the slabs are weaving under and over each other – similar to the way a crafter would weave a basket.
Although it is a simplistic design, there are various ways to make the pattern unique, including using different sized tiles and angling the design.The basket weave is a particularly effective choice when dealing with a long stretch of straight path or driveway, as the weave can be admired when standing at either end of the path.
For those willing to get creative, it is also possible to mix different colours into the design to create some eye-catching effects on the weave. Tiles such as our Grey Kandla Indian Sandstone or Black Kota Limestone work well for adding colour.
The only negative to be aware of when considering basket weave is that in areas used frequently by cars, the blocks can become displaced by the car’s wheels over time.
Named for its likeness to the bones of a fish, herringbone paving can be laid in two different block paving patterns: at 90-degree or 45-degree angles.90-degree herringbone paving is installed through the use of a straight-edged timber rail, making it an incredibly easy pattern to lay.
In comparison, 45-degree herringbone is a much more difficult technique to achieve successfully. Unlike the 90-degree variant, 45-degree herringbone uses up an entire block when it’s put down, requiring a lot more precision and expertise from the person placing the blocks.
Both of these patterns are very popular for driveways, as the interlocking design means it can handle significant weight and won’t become displaced when vehicles brake or turn on them.
A random course block paving pattern is an excellent alternative if you really want your paving to stand out.Using different sizes, styles and colours of paving block, random course paving sticks to no set design. Instead, it is a unique assortment of blocks put together in an appealing and individual fashion.
To create this design, you could pick and choose your favourite tiles, or opt for paving that naturally comes in different colours and sizes. Camel Dust Indian Sandstone paving, for example, has different shades of grey, orange and pink, creating a complementing but varying design.
One thing to keep in mind when opting for a random course is to avoid any significant cross joints which can draw the eye to a specific point of the design. The idea of random course is that although none of the blocks match, none of them stick out as unsuitable.
Because you are using multiple different sizes and shapes, the cost of random course block paving also tends to be a lot lower, and you can fit them well across vast spaces.
You can transform your paving into an idyllic and artistic design with a diamond paving pattern.This design makes use of square-shaped pavers laid out in identical rows, with equal meeting points for every row. The diamond effect arises due to the colour or shape of individual paving blocks.
Not only is the diamond pattern extremely decorative and a wonderful welcome to the front of the home, but it is also practical as the design helps to create a non-slip surface where paving blocks struggle to dislodge.
Diamond patterns were extremely popular in the Victorian era, so choosing this pattern in the modern-day will provide a lovely, classic period look to a home.
Picking your pattern
Ultimately, the best type of block paving pattern depends on your personal preference and how you’re using it. If it’s for a large driveway, bear in mind which designs could shift under the pressure of tyres. Also consider the strength of the design on the type of ground you’ll be laying on to consider if it will be able to remain of high quality.
If you are having a paving contractor lay a block paving driveway or patio, we recommend going through your options with them so you can weigh up what will look best on your property.
High quality paving
Whatever style you go for, it’s important to choose paving that will stand the test of time. Infinite Paving stocks a wide range of block paving products to help you achieve the perfect look without breaking the bank. Browse our full range today and order with confidence from a company that’s committed to 100% customer satisfaction.