What are the Common Paving Patterns and Styles?
Options for Paving Styles and Patterns
Paving comes in a wide array of colours and shapes which can be laid in a variety of patterns and designs. Many patterns and designs have become well-known and are being used not only due to their unique look, but also because of their strength.
By mixing and matching, you can actually come up with an unlimited set of paving styles. Each type of paving block or slab offers a wide range of complimentary textures and colours. You can rotate the blocks in various directions to attain the shade that you want for your driveway paving or patio. You may also put octants or circles to add some unique paving features. Then if you want to take it a notch further, you can complement it with edgings and kerbs.
The Herringbone Pattern, the Stretcher Bond and the Basket Weave are the common paving patterns applied in driveways, patios, pathways and gardens. Remember to always be sure to choose your paving patterns and designs carefully since it will drastically impact the look and feel of your outdoor living space.
Herringbone Paving Pattern
The Herringbone pattern is one of the most popular paving patterns used for driveways made to withstand heavy traffic. The Herringbone is laid in an interlocking pattern with rectangular blocks. The interlock allows the blocks to “flex” and stay in position when vehicles are breaking and turning. The pattern is known to accommodate heavy loading traffic from buses, large industrial vehicles and even aeroplanes. The Herringbone is commonly laid into 45° and 90° patterns. The 45° Herringbone pattern has a busier looking design. It can bring more focus on your driveway and creates an illusion that makes your paved driveway looking smaller than it actually is. On the other hand, the 90° Herringbone pattern will make your driveway appear larger. It has a more subdued appearance and can fit in easily with any pre-existing paths.
Stretcher Bond Pattern
The Stretcher Bond is a very common pattern applied with large rectangular paving blocks. It is quick to lay and often laid at 90° or 45° pattern. It looks fantastic with a contrasting stretcher or contrasting header. You may make it look broader or longer, depending on the look that you want to achieve or to the direction that it is laid. The Stretcher Bond paving pattern is ideal for making your driveways appear wider or longer. The pattern is also considered eco-friendly since it only requires minimal cutting and often leaves no waste materials behind. It is a durable pattern suitable for driveways with light to moderate vehicle traffic.
Basket Weave Paving Pattern
The Basket Weave pattern adds a distinctive old English look on your paving. The pattern has been decorating many ancient European towns for centuries. It is ideal for those who want to achieve a classical look in checker-board pattern. The process involves laying down blocks in vertical and horizontal at each other to provide a visual weaving effect of each block in and out of each other. The Basket Weave is an excellent pattern to apply on a long straight edge leading to the driveway. It offers that familiar, eye-catching look that brings out the Old World charm in your driveways and patio paving.