By customizing the material selection and laying pattern for your patio or pool deck, you can not only highlight key features and keep different outdoor rooms distinct, but also complement the design theme of your home and landscape design. Here’s how to choose the right patio pavers to achieve your desired results:
For The Modern Home
A contemporary aesthetic can be complemented by using patio pavers with defined jointing lines, arranged in an orderly laying pattern like the running bond formation. The fewer jointing lines are created, the less cluttered and more refined the paved surface will appear. Therefore, large format pavers are often used. Linear pavers are also a popular choice for modern patios and pool decks because they can be used to create long, continuous lines. Look for patio pavers with refined surface textures that look and feel clean and crisp.
For The Natural Look
Achieving a naturalistic landscape relies on establishing a landscape design that is rich in detail and full of free-flowing lines and rugged textures. These elements should be reflected, as far as possible, in your paver selection. A spontaneous laying pattern is key to achieving a natural, effortless look and should be arranged using pavers of various sizes. Patio pavers in slightly different shades of the same hue can even be combined in a randomized laying pattern like this. Opt for an earthy color palette and don’t shy away from pavers with intentionally chipped edges and artificial wear – they retain the same durability and longevity as their peers.
For The Classic Home
Achieving a traditional patio to match your classic or historic home is as easy as opting for brick-style or cobblestone-like pavers. These distinct styles are characteristic of age-old, time-worn surfaces and remain the best candidates for faking antiquity in new patio installations. They are best used in interlocking laying patterns like the herringbone formation and should be complemented by similarly antiqued wall stones and other finishes.
For Small Living Spaces
Similarly to modern patios, small patios benefit from fewer jointing lines because they appear less cluttered and more spacious. Large format pavers are, therefore, the best candidates for opening up small living spaces. Lightly colored patio pavers also open up dark corners and improve visibility, making a small patio look and feel larger. When linear pavers are used in a running bond laying pattern, the paved surface tends to appear longer in the direction in which the rows of pavers run. This optical illusion can also serve to lengthen or widen a small patio.
For Circular Patios
The shape of your patio can be accentuated by opting for a laying pattern that mimics its shape and follows its contours. Utilizing a circular laying pattern for the installation of a circular patio, for example, has a powerful visual effect. Concentric rows of, preferably small, pavers shrink and converge into a single paver in the center of the patio. This paver naturally forms the focal point of the entire outdoor living space and will undoubtedly draw attention to whichever feature you decide to position there.