You can design the look of your paver walkway according to several factors, including the material and color of the pavers themselves to the type of sand you choose for the base. You can choose to design your own paver walkway, based upon what you know, or you can have a look at all of the different options available to you, and make a decision based upon this new information. However you choose to have your paver walkway laid, you should at least know a little about the different types of materials being used.
A contemporary version of the paver is the concrete paver. These stone slabs can be bought in a range of colors, so you can blend the walkway into your garden, or find ones which match your home. The concrete paver is cheaper than some of the other materials being used, and you can also find them in shapes such as cobbles, bricks, or patio slabs. These mean that you can design your paver walkway and then find the right kind of concrete paver to suit your needs.
Bricks are the most common style of paver designs, and they are typically made of clay or similar brick-making material. Once these types of pavers are installed, you will need to do little maintenance, and there is often no need for a chemical sealant, which means that there is no annual re-application of the messy stuff. Brick pavers come in a range of colors, and it is common practise to choose two contrasting colors to produce patterns and designs in your walkway. You can also use brick pavers as an edging to your paver walkway, as they will prevent lawn and walkway from merging too much.
The other common design for pavers is to use stones. You can use either small, cobble-type stones or large pieces of flagstone. The flagstone walkway can be laid out in an irregular fashion, rather like stepping stones, which allows you to plant small flowers or trailing plants around the edges. The irregular flagstone adds a natural look to your garden.
Sand is the most common method of keeping your pavers in place. The pavers are laid with a small gap between each piece, and then sand is poured in between them. The sand is compacted by using water to dampen the sand, allowing it to form a hard crust which grips your pavers tightly. Sand can wear away after a few years, and the pavers will need to be replaced, and new sand fitted over them.
A traditional alternative to sand is the stone dust fixer. Stone dust is perhaps not as tough as sand, and will not last as long, but it is considerably cheaper than the sand product, and is also more environmentally friendly. Stone dust can be obtained from your paving store.