Patio Paver Patterns & Design: Trends in Paver Laying Patterns

When designing a new paver patio, there are a number of options to consider with regard to paver laying patterns. From modular paver patterns to more traditional laying patterns, your choice will vary depending upon the style and shape of pavers you choose.

Below are some examples of paver laying patterns to help guide you through the process. You can even mix and match different styles, shapes and patterns to create unique and interesting designs.

Traditional Shapes and Paver Patterns

For those who like to go with the tried and true, you can’t go wrong with rectangular and cobble-style pavers laid into one of the following traditional patterns. These patterns work especially well in smaller spaces that can be overwhelmed by larger styles of pavers.

Running bond

A running bond pattern is one in which the pavers are laid in rows running in the same direction. You can either go with a classic running bond, or you can get creative with color tones, borders and pattern direction.


A herringbone pattern is one in which rectangular pavers are laid in a zig-zag pattern. To add additional pop to a herringbone design, consider adding a contrasting border along the patio edges.

Basket weave

Basket weave patterns utilize rectangular pavers to create block designs. To add contemporary flair to this traditional laying pattern, you can alternate the color tones or laying direction to create modular designs.

Modular Shapes and Paver Patterns

Modular shaped pavers offer a variety of square and rectangular sizes that can be laid in multiple laying patterns that are less repetitive, visually dynamic, and create a contemporary look that works especially well for larger patios.

3-piece modular PAVER patterns
4-piece modular PAVER patterns

Asymmetrical Shapes and Random Laying Patterns

Asymmetrically shaped pavers create a natural look and often incorporate false joints that create the illusion of multiple shapes laid at random. Multi-shape cobble-style pavers can also be laid in a multi-piece pattern that emulates a more random look, as an alternate to using a traditional laying pattern.

Paver Patio Borders

Patio border selection can add an entirely new dimension to a patio’s laying pattern. Options can range from using the same paver at a different angle to choosing a contrasting color, shape and/or style of paver (or more than one). But the options don’t end there. Once the border paver is selected, there are a number of border laying pattern options, as well.

Soldier course BORDERS

The soldier course is likely the most-used laying pattern for a paver border. For this pattern, rectangular pavers are laid in a row, side-by-side.


Another popular border, the sailor course lays rectangular pavers lengthwise in one or more rows. For additional visual interest, wide sailor course borders can be created using more than one type of paver.

Inlaid PATIO borders

Striking paver patterns and designs can be created by laying a contrasting patio border further inside the paver field.

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8 Replies to “Patio Paver Patterns & Design: Trends in Paver Laying Patterns”

  1. Do you have any guidelines on layouts that reduce edge cutting to fit layouts. Also curved vs. rectangular shaped areas the cost factor to be used in guiding clients toward actual costs.

    1. Belgard does not have any layouts or comparisons regarding this. Typically a curved patio may take 2-3 hours longer to mark and cut versus a straight-lined patio. This would probably add at least a few hundred dollars more to the labor quote. On a straight edge patio, one would normally start at the house laying the pavers and adjust the coursing toward the edge so there are fewer to no cuts.

  2. Creating a new paver patio, choosing materials and defining the space aren’t the only steps in the planning process. Deciding on a paver laying pattern is also very difficult, it’s difficult to choose the best combination pattern design and unique styles. This article is going to be very helpful for all those who want to give a unique design or style to their patio.

  3. Do you have a pattern for Urbana Modular as shown above in the video at the top of this page? I tried to repeat it and kept getting a home the size of one half of the smallest block.

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