When designing a brick patio or path, consider the pattern in which the bricks will be laid. Pattern is associated with style and formality.
Some patterns are better suited to specific applications, such as small or irregular areas.
Running Bond Simple, versatile, and ever popular, the running bond pattern is commonly used for both patios and paths. Pavers can be laid straight for a clean and orderly look, or set at slight angles to create a curve. Because of its simple design, running bond is well suited to covering small areas.
Basket Weave For casual, cottagelike design, try the basket-weave pattern. Instead of creating a "field," as with running bond, the bricks are laid horizontally and vertically in pairs, with each pair creating a "tile." Basket weave can be used by itself, or if space permits, easily incorporated into another pattern.
Herringbone Of the various brick patterns, herringbone is one of the most formal and has been a staple in traditional paths and patios for centuries. Unlike basket weave, the herringbone pattern, with its zigs and zags, works well when it's used to cover irregular areas.
Stacked Bond Sometimes called Jack-on-Jack, the stacked bond pattern features bricks stacked in even rows and columns. Its simple straight lines can make a smaller space seem more expansive. It also works well for contemporary designs.
Long Soldier Course Rows of bricks can lure the eye forward, so long soldier courses work well for narrow paths. The courses can be bent into circles, angled, or set inside another pattern to create a narrow path within a wider one.