Although you can pave your walkway or patio in any manner you choose, certain paver patterns are popular for their attractiveness and strength. Red masonry bricks are an ideal material to work with due to their relatively small size and versatility. Mortar is not a requirement, provided you take the appropriate steps to secure the bricks. With the right foundation on top of level ground coupled with plastic edging to enclose the work, bricks will hold their pattern and provide a sturdy patio or walking surface. When planning out a bricked area, consider the following 7 paver patterns, which are popular as much for their stylishness as for their durability.
7 Popular Brick Paver Patterns
Keep in mind that these patterns are combinable to a certain extent, allowing you to conceive of and design your own patterns. Experiment on paper before you begin the actual laying of the brick.
- Basket Weave: The basket weave paver pattern consists of rows of bricks that alternate between vertically-placed and horizontally-placed pairs. The pairs alternate both in rows and columns. This pattern creates a tile effect. The joints between each pair of bricks run straight in both directions and are not staggered. This particular pattern is suitable for all sizes of brick pavers.
- Half Basket Weave: Very similar to the basket weave paver pattern, the half basket weave alternates between pairs of horizontally-placed bricks and a single vertical brick adjacent to it. Unlike the basket weave, it creates staggered joints in one direction.
- Herringbone: This can be either a diagonal or straight up and down pattern. Herringbone is formed by successive rows of zigzagging bricks. The short edge of one sits adjacent to the long edge of the next, forming a series of L-shapes. Diagonal herringbone patterns are at 45° to the edges, while straight herringbone is at 90° to the edge. Although this paver pattern is more difficult to lay, it produces a stunning effect especially suited to oddly-shaped areas.
- Stacked Bond: The simplest of paver patterns, the stacked bond looks like a spreadsheet document. It has horizontally-placed rows one on top of the next with no staggered joints.
- Circular Stacked Bond: The stacked bond is simple enough that you can curve the rows into a circular formation. Doing so creates pie-shaped gaps between bricks, but if the position of the bricks is tight enough, these are easily filled with sand.
- Running Bond: Brick walls use the running bond almost exclusively. Rows are horizontally placed, but each successive row is staggered by half a brick. The middle of each brick overlaps the joint directly below it.
- Running and Stacked Bond: The union of the running and stacked bond produces an interesting pattern. Between rows of horizontally-placed bricks are vertically-placed bricks. This creates staggered joints throughout the pattern, as the joints between the vertical bricks inevitably intersect with the broadside of the horizontal bricks.
Listed here are 7 popular paver patterns for bricks of all sizes. When designing a patio or walkway, draw out some of these patterns and play with the design. You might try combining them to create an entirely new pattern.