No matter where you have decided to use stone paving around your home, using specific patterns or designs will add personality and flair to the space. Because there are so many different patterns and designs that you can choose from, it is important that you have carefully considered how each will add to the value of your home.
1. Basket Weave
This is probably the most popular stone paving design in which two rectangular tiles are laid vertically, side-by-side, followed by another two tiles laid horizontally. This pattern is repeated to create a woven basket-like texture. Some homeowners like to use different types of tiles and light colored sand to create contrast.
This design can actually be used in conjunction with any other pattern you see here. The key is to use different colored stones to create a larger shape in the overall design, such as a circle, square, series of lines or other geometric shape. Homeowners often use these shapes to form the centerpiece of the paving.
This simple and effortless design makes use of (usually) square shaped tiles that have been laid out in identical rows with identical meeting points for every row and individual tile. The diamond effect is obvious in the angling – the tiles are placed such that running two lines between facing corners will create a cross.
4. European Fan
This design is also known as the circle fan, the Belgian pattern or the Florentine pattern. A large area is required if you want to do this design justice, although smaller areas can also have quite an impact. Square tiles are laid out in curved rows that gradually lengthen in order to create a fan shape; this is quite complex.
This is another popular design – a rectangular-shaped tile is laid vertically followed by another laid horizontally next to it. The herringbone can be laid at 90 degrees or 45 degrees depending on the look you are trying to achieve. Whilst both choices are equally striking, the tilt of the latter tends to highlight the ‘bone’ angle.
This stone paving design is actually known for being quite elegant and formal. There are a few variations, but the most common pattern is one in which the tiles are laid out to form a cross shape. A fan shape is then used in each of the ensuing quarters that are formed by the cross. This design is often offset with a border.
7. Stretcher Bond
This is one of the easiest paving patterns to create. Tiles are simply laid out in rows in an identical direction, with the centre of each tile in the next row lined up with the meeting point between the two stone pavers in the previous row. This design can also be laid at either a 90 degree or 45 degree angle for maximum impact.
As you have probably gathered from the above explanations, some of these stone paving designs and patterns will be better suited to specific applications (such as a driveway or patio) whereas others will be quite effective however they are used. If you are struggling to decide on which pattern or design you should use in your own home, ask for some advice!