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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Sailor Course Borders

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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  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.

    • 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.

  4. […] more on paver patterns, read our Trends in Paver Laying Patterns […]

  5. Patio borders are used to enclose different outdoor rooms, essentially breaking up large expanses of stone. The width and color of your borders can be customized to suit the rest of your hardscape design. Opting for a color that complements the surrounding stone can make your patio design look unified. Consider incorporating ‘green space’ as a charming accent to your patio floor. Allow planting beds to separate different areas and surround focal points. Adding the softer tones of nature to your patio pavers in Ottawa, ON should make the area more tranquil. Laying your patio pavers in different patterns can allow you to create intricate details and add interest to your patio. The herringbone formation, for example, can be created using pavers of slightly different shades to add visual depth to the surface. Linear patterns such as running bond make a patio appear longer or wider, depending on the direction in which the pavers are laid. Vertical focal points such as fire pits can seem more substantiated when enclosed by circular paving patterns. When used in conjunction with other paving patterns, the circles can also serve to draw attention and interrupt a large, open space. Which patterns are possible depends on exactly which patio paver you select; visit this page for more on creating a “wow” effect using colors and textures.

  6. The design example of sailor course borders you displayed really caught my attention. Often times when I think of installing a walkway for my outdoor kitchen, I feel like I could do better than to just have stones laid out in one direction. This looks like exactly what would impress my relatives when they start visiting for the holidays, so I’ll look for any paver patios that can help me get something similar to this.

  7. I was really impressed with all the different designs you can use when laying out brick paver walkways and patios. The way these borders can help define specific spaces in an outdoor space can really help me with my outdoor kitchen project so we can define places for eating, cooking, and partying. I’ll keep this in mind when I manage to hire a paver contractor in the area so they can assist in the project.

  8. I’m looking for more fun new ways and design options to offer to customers. I appreciate the inspiration!

  9. Do people ever lay the pavers (Dublin cobble here) randomly truly? Or do you need to choose one of the “random-looking” patterns? Thank you!

    • In this example, the Dublin cobble is laid in a specific repeat pattern, but it’s a lot larger of a repeat which makes it look more like a random placement than a standard ashlar layout. Mega-Arbel is also laid in a specific pattern, but it looks random because of the asymmetrical shape and false joints. For a truly random look, Belgian Cobble is the way to go because there are 7 different asymmetrical shapes that are laid completely at random — no laying pattern at all.


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