Depending on the size and intended use of your patio, it could be built as one big area or split into several sections. Patios can be round, square, rectangular, octagonal, and virtually any shape you can think of. Because there is a myriad of options when it comes to patio design, it’s best to work with an experienced Maryland patio builder who can guide you toward the right patio layout and pattern based on your needs. At North American Deck & Patio, we help our clients every step of the way from the initial brainstorming to choosing from a diverse range of finishes. We work with clients throughout Maryland including Howard County, Montgomery County, Baltimore, and Anne Arundel County.
Common Patio Patterns
You don’t have to follow any specific patio design, but to make life easier for you, we’ve put together these common paver patterns used on patios. You could use the same pattern throughout or combine them in any way you like to produce a truly unique design.
Running Bond Paver Pattern
This pattern works best for elongated pavers of equal size. It’s the pattern you would normally see on a brick wall: simple but elegant. To give it a bit more visual interest, you could lay the running bond diagonally or at a different angle that is not 100% parallel or perpendicular to the home.
Herringbone Paver Pattern
Herringbone is another popular pattern that only works with elongated pavers. The name is a reference to a skeleton of a fish and the way the bones are attached at the same angle on both sides of the spine. But if you look at the same paver pattern from a different perspective, it looks more like rows of zigzags.
Circular Paver Pattern
This one may actually work better with square pavers, but that’s not a requirement. Virtually any shape of pavers or natural stones can be laid in a circle with gaps willed by smaller pieces, moss or sand. Quite often, circular pavement is laid to showcase some sort of feature in the middle of the circle. This could be a fire pit, a coffee table or a fountain. Keep in mind that circular shapes visually encourage people to gather around, so you may want to make it your hangout spot and add built-in seating along the sides.
Basketweave Paver Pattern
Basketweave is one of the more sophisticated patterns that is best showcased when it covers a large area. It may be creative, but it’s still an ordered, symmetrical pattern perfect for any square or rectangular patio. If you want to make it more interesting, talk to us about laying basket weave diagonally. Or use it as a border for other elements of your patio.
Random Paver Patterns
Although you can have a beautifully random patio, in hardscape design we prefer “organized randomness.” It is achieved by combining pavers of different sizes (but regular shape) in a way that seems random but actually produces a complex pattern. This artificial randomness plays out even better if some pavers have a different color or a different shade of the same base color. For a truly random design and natural look, use irregular-shaped stones or pavers of various sizes.
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