When designing a
brick patio or path, consider the pattern in which the bricks will be laid.
Pattern is associated with style and formality.
Some patterns are better
suited to specific applications, such as small or irregular areas.
Running BondSimple, versatile, and ever popular,
the running bond pattern is commonly used for both patios and paths. It
can be laid straight for a clean and orderly look, or set at slight angles to
create a curve. Because of its simple design, running bond is well suited to
covering small areas.
Basket WeaveFor casual, cottage like design, try
the basket-weave pattern. Instead of creating a "field," as with
running bond, the bricks are laid horizontally and vertically in pairs, with
each pair creating a "tile." Basket weave can be used by itself, or
if space permits, easily incorporated into another pattern.
HerringboneOf the various patterns, herringbone is one of the most formal and has been a staple in
traditional paths and patios for centuries. Unlike basket weave, the
herringbone pattern, with its zigs and zags, works well when it's used to cover
Stacked BondSometimes called Jack-on-Jack, the
stacked bond pattern features bricks stacked in even rows and columns. Its
simple straight lines can make a smaller space seem more expansive. It also
works well for contemporary designs.
Long Soldier Course Rows of bricks can lure the eye
forward, so long soldier courses work well for narrow paths. The courses can be
bent into circles, angled, or set inside another pattern to create a narrow
path within a wider one.