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Paver Patterns

Compare five popular patterns for laying pavers

Choosing pavers for your landscape project opens the door to many pattern and design options (get paver design tips for walkways, patios and driveways). Although it is common to use mortar, it is not a requirement; you can use gravel, sand, or even types of grasses or moss to fill in between. Many patterns have become well known and used not only because of their unique look, but also for their strength. Below you can view the 5 most popular paving patterns and tips for choosing the right pattern to enhance your outdoor living space.

Be sure to choose your paver patterns carefully because they can drastically impact the look and feel of your outdoor living space. Simple, geometric patterns will work best for a modern garden. Random or irregular patterns work great in a space with Mediterranean or Tuscan style landscape. Curved or circular designs look especially nice around a water fountain or fire pit.

When selecting paver patterns and designs, it is important to think about your yards existing conditions and the effect you with to create. For example, if you want to make it feel bigger, select large, smooth paver and a simple, straight pattern. Small paver are great for creating beautiful designs and work well in large open yards, but in small spaces they will create a busy surface that will make your patio feel even smaller.

Paver ShapesThe most common paver shapes are square, round, rectangular, and hexagonal. Patterns often have multiple shapes in one design making the pattern more intricate bringing character to your home. Below you can see standard dimensions for the common paver shapes.

Square Round Rectangle Hexagonal
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