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Laying Patterns for Patios

If you are starting to think about your new garden renovations for the upcoming year and in particular a new patio area, then there are various patterns to consider. It's one of the last decisions you make, but it's an important one. There are always new paving ideas to look at and think about, and this is no different. Think about the size and shape that you want your patio area to be and try to envision which patterns might suit the space you have.

Different sandstone patterns will create very different visual effects in your garden. The result of rectangle paving slabs laid in a herringbone design is very different to a strong linear slab that leads the eye towards a focal point of the garden. Remember, slabs come in different sizes and can be laid in different patterns too.

Random Laying Patio Pattern

If you like an informal or a more natural patio design, then a random laying pattern could be ideal for you. It has no definitive geometric or regular pattern but looks good as an Indian sandstone patio design.

There are two ways that you can make the random laying patio pattern work for you. One option is to purchase a selection of Indian sandstone slabs in different sizes, then you mix the shapes and sizes of the slabs as you lay them. It’s important to make sure you don’t have too many of one shape too close together or left-over slabs at the end. The other option is to buy a patio project pack with a mix of slabs. This will make it easier to help you achieve that random laying pattern for your patio. You can use clusters of slabs in various sizes in particular arrangements. This is sometimes called a ‘motif’ design. The clusters are then repeated across the patio area.

It can be difficult to come up with small garden ideas, as you don't have much room to work with. But mixed-size patio packs are perfect for this. The random pattern breaks up the area and tricks the eye into making it feel bigger. Whichever option you choose for your random laying pattern, we recommend that you set out the slabs in your intended pattern first. This way you can move stones around and ensure you’re happy with the final effect. Remember, natural stone offers a mixture of natural colours and shades. By laying out the paving slabs first you can choose where the colours are laid too. This will help show off the natural and beautiful variations in the natural stone.

Stack Bond Laying Patio Pattern

A stack bond laying patio pattern is a simpler laying pattern. It’s also known as the chessboard effect. One of the benefits of the stack bond laying pattern for a patio is that it is very versatile and is also very easy to lay as it has very few cuts and minimum wastage too.

Try mixing slabs of different colours in the same paving range. Then use the coloured paving slabs intermittently for that chess board look. Another option is to create a contrasting colour as a border around the chess board style pattern in the centre of the paved patio.

Stretcher Bond Laying Patio Pattern

The stretcher bond laying pattern is one of the simplest paving patterns and is also known as a running bond patio pattern, a half bond patio pattern or sometimes an offset paving patio pattern. The different names for this patio pattern come from the fact that each joint is offset by exactly half the width of each paving slab. A great thing about the stretched bond patio pattern is that this laying pattern is suitable for any single size of pavers. Once you have them set up right, the installation is quick and straightforward. Long and slim linear paving slabs look stylish for this paving pattern, especially in darker shades of natural stone paving.

Herringbone Laying Patio Pattern

The herringbone laying patio pattern is possibly one of the most traditional patterns out there. You’ll need single-size paving slabs that are rectangular in shape to create this traditional paving pattern. It’s a stylish way of creating a formal period look for your patio and is also a robust pattern that will cope with high traffic footfall and furniture, and its simple and easy to lay too. The blocks or paving interlock next to each other snugly meaning its less likely to slip out of position.

Tip - Patio Pattern Generators

There are lots of patio pattern planners and patio pattern generators available for free online. They’re a great tool to create a patio pattern for your garden, they can also work out the amount of paving you will need for your chosen pattern.


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