Choosing the Right Color and Pattern for Brick Pavers: A Guide to Enhancing Your Outdoor Space

Understanding Brick Paver Basics

A homeowner selects red brick pavers in a herringbone pattern for their patio, surrounded by lush greenery and a clear blue sky

Brick pavers are versatile pieces commonly used for outdoor paving projects due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. As a base material, pavers can be made of various substances, including clay bricks, concrete, and different types of natural stone such as limestone, slate, and cobblestone. Each material offers a unique combination of color, texture, and pattern.

When selecting brick pavers, it’s crucial to understand the two main types:

  • Clay Brick Pavers: Known for their classic look and long lifespan. They offer a traditional feel and are often seen in a red or earthy hue. Their natural color doesn’t fade significantly over time.
  • Concrete Brick Pavers: Provide a wider range of colors and shapes as they can be molded. They can simulate the appearance of natural stone pavers at a more affordable price but may fade over time.

Shapes and Sizes

Brick pavers come in an assortment of shapes, allowing for various laying patterns.

Common Shapes Description
Rectangle Classic and versatile, used in herringbone or basket weave patterns.
Square Often paired with rectangular pavers to create interesting patterns.
Interlocking Designed to provide better grip and stability in paving.

Texture and Color

Texture impacts slip resistance and visual aesthetics. Options range from smooth to embossed surfaces mimicking natural stone. The color of brick pavers can set the tone for outdoor spaces and harmonize with the surrounding landscape.

Texture Types Associated Colors
Smooth Neutral tones suitable for modern designs.
Rustic Earthy, natural colors complementing traditional looks.

We assess the intended use, maintenance levels, and overall design vision when choosing the right pavers. Our goal is to ensure a perfect balance between practicality and style for our paving projects.

Significance of Color in Brick Pavers

A patio with red brick pavers arranged in a herringbone pattern, surrounded by greenery. The warm tones of the bricks contrast with the lush green plants, creating a visually appealing and inviting outdoor space

When selecting brick pavers, the right color can enhance your home’s aesthetics and create appealing visual interest. It’s essential to consider how colors blend with your home’s style and how they change under varying light conditions.

Color Selection and Home Aesthetics

Selecting the color of brick pavers is a pivotal decision in achieving the desired curb appeal. Color options range from natural tones to dramatic shades, and each has its influence:

  • Red pavers: Convey a traditional and sturdy appearance.
  • Natural tones: Blend seamlessly with the outdoor environment, creating a subtle and elegant look.
  • Contrast: Pavers in colors that contrast with your home can create bold, eye-catching accents.
  • Complement: Choosing pavers with colors that complement your home’s exterior palette enhances overall style and aesthetics.

Influence of Natural Light on Colors

Natural light can alter the appearance of paver colors throughout the day. Here’s how:

  • Morning: Paver colors may appear softer and more muted.
  • Midday: Bright sunlight can wash out lighter paver colors while making dark colors absorb heat.
  • Evening: Colors tend to warm up, taking on a rich and deeper hue.

Remember that the direction of your home and the amount of sunlight it receives will affect how true the paver colors remain over time.

Choosing Patterns for Character and Function

When selecting patterns for brick pavers, we consider both the aesthetic charm they add and how well they serve their function based on traffic and usage demands.

Pattern Types and Their Effects

Herringbone: This interlocking pattern is a popular choice for areas with heavy foot traffic, such as driveways and walkways. The angled arrangement of the bricks enhances stability and distributes weight evenly, making it ideal for high-use areas.

  • Running Bond: Known for its straight, simple lines, the running bond pattern is suited for creating an elongated effect in a space. It’s a classic choice for both patios and pool decks that provides ease of installation and a timeless appearance.
  • Basketweave: This decorative pattern offers a distinctive look that can complement traditional or historical property styles. It’s best used in patios or walkways where emphasis on design over function is preferred.
  • Circular: Laying pavers in a circular pattern adds a focal point to your outdoor space. This design is more complex to install but can make a statement in a spacious patio or a grand entrance area.

Patterns for Traffic and Use

We tailor our pattern choice to the intensity and type of foot traffic an area will receive.

  • Heavy Foot Traffic Areas: For spaces like driveways or busy pool decks, we often suggest patterns like herringbone or a modified running bond with thicker paver borders. These patterns provide the necessary robustness to withstand the demands of heavy use.
  • Lighter Traffic Areas: For garden paths or low-traffic walkways, a basketweave or a staggered running bond can add charm without the need for the structural support required for heavier foot traffic areas.

By selecting the appropriate pattern, we ensure longevity and functionality while also infusing character into the paved area.

Assessing Paver Size and Shape Variations

A variety of brick pavers are laid out, showcasing different sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns for assessment

When we select brick pavers, it’s crucial to consider how different sizes and shapes will affect the final design. We’ll explore the functional and aesthetic impacts of these choices.

Impact of Size and Shape on Design

Choosing the right size and shape for pavers is fundamental to achieving our desired layout and aesthetic. Pavers come in various sizes, ranging from small 4×4 inch squares to large 24×24 inch slabs, and in geometric shapes like square, rectangular, and hexagon. The size of pavers can greatly influence the perception of space; larger pavers tend to make a space feel more continuous and expansive, while smaller pavers offer a sense of intricate detail and complexity.

  • Small Pavers:
    • Create an intricate, detailed look.
    • Are often used in residential settings.
  • Large Pavers:
    • Give an open, uncluttered feel.
    • Are suitable for commercial or open spaces.

Regarding shapes, each brings a different dynamic to space:

  • Square Pavers: Often provide a traditional and uniform look.
  • Rectangular Pavers: Can be laid in herringbone or running bond patterns for added interest.
  • Hexagon Pavers: Contribute a unique and modern aesthetic with their multi-sided design.

Interplay of Size, Shape, and Texture

Size and shape do not stand alone — they interact with texture to define the paver’s overall character. Textures range from smooth finishes that are modern and sleek, to tumbled textures which offer a weathered, vintage appearance. The texture will affect both the look and the feel of the paver surface.

We should match texture with size and shape carefully, considering that:

  • Textured Pavers with complex shapes may create a rustic or old-world feel, especially if they are tumbled.
  • Smooth Pavers often enhance the clean lines of geometric shapes, accentuating a modern look.

To demonstrate, here’s how different combinations might typically be used:

  • Smooth, Large Rectangular Pavers: Ideal for contemporary designs with a minimalist vibe.
  • Tumbled, Small Square Pavers: Can be used to evoke a sense of history in a garden pathway.

Integrating Brick Pavers with Outdoor Spaces

A patio with red brick pavers in a herringbone pattern surrounded by lush greenery and outdoor furniture

When we select brick pavers for outdoor spaces, our focus is on creating a seamless transition between indoor comfort and the natural beauty of outdoor living areas. Paver choices should enhance the functionality of the space while respecting the existing landscape and architectural elements.

Designing for Outdoor Living Areas

Crafting an inviting outdoor living area begins with understanding the use of the space. For patios, the key is to choose pavers that complement the home’s exterior and provide a durable surface for furniture and foot traffic. Rectangular pavers work well for a formal look, while irregular shapes can create a more relaxed setting that resonates with natural stone.

Walkways and paths should incorporate pavers that offer both stability and visual appeal. Consistency in paver size and color creates a cohesive design, leading the eye and foot through garden areas or to a pool. In choosing pavers for these areas, we aim for patterns that make narrow paths seem wider and ensure secure footing.

Harmonizing Pavers with Surrounding Landscape

Incorporating brick pavers into the surrounding landscape necessitates an attentive approach to color and texture. We create harmony by selecting pavers with hues that echo those found in the garden and the natural environment. Integration of earthy tones or muted colors can be especially effective in making the hardscaping feel like a part of the landscaping, rather than an addition to it.

For areas adjacent to planters or beds, we consider the color of garden blooms and foliage. Using lighter-colored pavers around a pool can reflect light and aid in reducing heat absorption. The objective remains to unite the hardscape with the greenery and water features, crafting an outdoor space that feels coherent and naturally suited to the home.

Durability and Maintenance Considerations

When selecting brick pavers for your project, we must take into account not only aesthetic appeal but their ability to withstand time and use. Maintenance requirements and durability directly influence the longevity and appearance of your pathways or patios over the years, ensuring a lasting investment.

Longevity and Repair of Brick Pavers

Brick pavers are prized for their durability. We consider them a long-term solution, with a typical lifespan that can exceed 25 years when properly installed and maintained. Over time, individual pavers may settle or become damaged. One of the key advantages we see is that they are easy to replace individually, without disrupting the entire surface.

To maintain their appearance and structural integrity, routine inspection and cleaning are recommended. Stubborn stains can often be removed with specialized cleaners, and it’s important to address any moss or weed growth promptly.

  • Inspect: Annually check for uneven or damaged pavers.
  • Clean: Use appropriate cleaners to remove stains and growth.

Protecting Pavers: Sealing and Slip Resistance

Sealing is an effective way to enhance the robustness of brick pavers. A sealed surface can resist stains and fading, simplify cleaning, and prevent weed growth. We advise choosing sealants that enhance or maintain the pavers’ natural colors. Sealed pavers can also improve slip resistance, an essential safety aspect we prioritize, especially in wet conditions.

It’s crucial to apply sealant according to the manufacturer’s instructions, as incorrect application can affect the pavers’ appearance and slip resistance. Furthermore, keep in mind that sealant will need to be reapplied every few years, forming part of the regular maintenance schedule.

  • Apply Sealant: Boost stain resistance and color preservation.
  • Reapply: Sealant longevity varies, but expect to reseal every 2-5 years.

Practical Tips for Brick Paver Installation

To achieve the best results in brick paver installation, we need to focus on proper techniques and incorporating accents and borders with precision.

Proper Installation Techniques

Before starting the installation, we ensure that we have a solid base consisting of compacted gravel and sand. Base preparation is crucial; we typically aim for a 4 to 6-inch gravel base and 1-inch sand base, which provides a stable foundation. Accurate sloping is also essential. To prevent water pooling, we create a slope of about 1/4 inch per foot away from any structures.

During the laying phase, we use a string line or laser level to maintain straight lines and check our work frequently with a level. It’s important to keep the paver edges tight. To achieve this, we use a rubber mallet to make small adjustments and ensure that each paver is properly seated.

Creating Unique Accents and Borders

To add character and increase the visual appeal of the paved area, we incorporate different colors or patterns to create accents and borders. We follow these specific design tips:

  • Color Contrast: We select paver colors for the border that subtly contrast with the main paving area.
  • Pattern Play: For visual interest, we may alternate paver orientation or include different shapes to form distinct patterns along the edges.
  • Consistency: We maintain a consistent border width, generally between one and three pavers wide, to frame the area neatly.

In summary, we take care when preparing the base, maintain correct leveling throughout installation, and enhance the design with strategic accent and border work.

Cost and Value of Brick Paving Projects

When we talk about paving, it’s prudent to consider both the cost of installation and the long-term value it brings to a property. Our goal is to make cost-effective choices without compromising on the desired look.

Evaluating Cost Versus Aesthetics

When selecting brick pavers, we must balance our budget with the aesthetic appeal we aim to achieve. The cost of brick pavers can vary widely depending on the type:

  • Standard Red Brick: $0.50 – $5 per brick
  • Old World Brick: $1 – $6 per brick
  • High-End Finished Brick: $2 – $10 per brick

Installation costs also influence our budget and comprise labor, base materials, and equipment, typically ranging from:

  • Basic Installation: $10 – $15 per square foot
  • Complex Designs and Custom Work: $15 – $30 per square foot

Aesthetics play a critical role; we consider the richness and texture of the bricks as well as the pattern complexity. We also account for the color longevity and look at weather-resistant options to ensure sustained visual appeal.

Boosting Property Value Through Paving Choices

The right paving choice can significantly elevate our property’s curb appeal, thus boosting its value. Studies show that well-designed paving can increase property value by up to:

  • Standard, Well-Maintained Paving: 5 – 10% increase
  • High-Quality, Custom Design Paving: 10 – 15% increase

We have a strategic advantage by selecting pavers that complement the architectural style of our property and the surrounding landscape. Paving is not just functional; it’s an investment that should be approached with foresight and understanding of its potential to increase property value in the long run.

Design Trends and Innovations in Brick Paving

When selecting brick pavers, we understand that keeping up with the latest design trends and innovations is essential. From clear lines signifying modern aesthetics to the rich textures that evoke traditional styles, there is a breadth of choices available for any paving project.

Contemporary Versus Traditional Paving Styles

In contemporary paving, we witness a preference for minimalism and clean lines. Modern designs often feature neutral colors and geometric patterns, aiming to create a sleek, harmonious look. Textured pavers with subtle variations are used to add interest without overwhelming the space. In contrast, traditional paving styles embrace the timeless appeal of rustic motifs. This approach incorporates a mix of shapes and warm, earthy tones to achieve a classic look that complements natural surroundings.

  • Modern Paving Characteristics:
    • Clean lines
    • Neutral colors
    • Minimalistic patterns
  • Traditional Paving Characteristics:
    • Warm, earthy tones
    • Varied shapes and sizes
    • Textured surface for a rustic feel

Emerging Trends in Patterns and Textures

We are currently observing exciting trends in paver patterns and textures that push the boundaries of traditional brick paving. One such trend is the use of larger-sized pavers that lend a sense of space and openness to an outdoor area. Also, innovative laying patterns such as herringbone, basketweave, and the use of mixed sizes add dynamism to the design.

Textures are evolving too, with manufacturers creating pavers that mimic natural stone, wood, and even fabric. These textured pavers provide a tactile experience and a depth of character that standard smooth pavers can’t match.

  • Notable Patterns in Brick Paving:
    • Herringbone
    • Basketweave
    • Mixed sizes for a bespoke look
  • Innovative Textures:
    • Stone-like textures
    • Wood imitations
    • Fabric-like surfaces

We take pride in integrating these dynamic elements into our paving projects to offer a range of options that cater to both contemporary tastes and traditional preferences.

Optimizing Functionality and Versatility of Paving

When selecting brick pavers, we focus on choices that optimize both functionality and versatility, ensuring the pavers serve their intended use effectively while offering diverse design options.

Adapting Paver Choices to Intended Use

Functionality is key when adapting paver choices to the intended use. For high foot traffic areas, we recommend choosing pavers with a durable, non-slip surface. Here’s how we match paver properties with usage requirements:

  • Residential driveways and walkways: Opt for pavers with at least 8,000 PSI to withstand vehicular weight and frequent use.
  • Pool decks: Select pavers with a textured surface to prevent slips and falls when wet.
  • Patios and courtyards: Consider pavers with a moderate to high abrasion resistance to maintain appearance despite foot traffic.

Remember, the right choice hinges on anticipating and addressing the functionality demands of different environments.

Versatility in Design and Application

Our approach to versatility involves selecting pavers that offer an array of design possibilities and ease of application. We attend to patterns, colors, and textures that can complement any setting. To illustrate versatility in design:


  • Running Bond: Ideal for creating a sense of direction and flow.
  • Herringbone: Excellent for stability, suitable for driveways and pathways.
  • Basket Weave: Vintage look suitable for patios with a casual aesthetic.


  • Earthy tones: Blend with the natural landscape, providing a timeless look.
  • Bold shades: Make a statement and define areas within a garden or outdoor space.

Consistently, we leverage design elements that work across multiple applications to ensure our selections remain as flexible and adaptable as the spaces they inhabit.

Zoning and Defining Spaces with Pavers

When we use brick pavers, we leverage their colors and patterns to carve out distinct zones and enhance the functionality of outdoor spaces. Our approach to layout and design defines different areas effectively, guiding movement and enriching visual appeal.

Creating Distinct Areas with Patterns and Colors

By thoughtfully selecting patterns and colors, we craft distinct spaces within a given area. Choosing contrasting hues allows us to demarcate separate zones such as dining areas, fire pits, or lounging spaces. For example:

  • Dining Area: A herringbone pattern with warm reds and browns sets this space apart.
  • Fire Pit: A circular design with a mix of charcoal and tan pavers distinguishes the gathering area.

We can interlock different patterns to transition smoothly between zones. This methodical design not only defines different areas but also creates a cohesive landscape that is easy to navigate.

Utilizing Pavers for Pathways and Borders

Paths and borders are key elements that structure our outdoor space. Walkways with a distinct border color guide visitors through the garden, while consistent path patterns can unify the space. Here’s how we implement this:

  1. Pathways:
    • Define: Use a running bond pattern to lead toward focal points.
    • Interlock: Borders with a contrasting color situate the path within the larger landscape.
  2. Borders:
    • Walkways: A contrasting border color frames the walkway, accentuating its course.
    • Beds & Features: Paver borders can outline flower beds or water features to highlight these zones.

Frequently Asked Questions

Selecting the right color and pattern for brick pavers is crucial to ensure they complement your home’s exterior and endure as a stylish asset for years to come. In this section, we answer your most pressing questions on how to achieve the best results.

How do I select the appropriate paver color to complement my home’s exterior?

When choosing paver colors, we consider the tones of your home’s siding, roof, and trim. For a harmonious look, opt for pavers that are either a few shades lighter or darker than your home’s color scheme. This approach helps create a cohesive outdoor aesthetic.

What are the trending paver colors and patterns for driveways?

Currently, grayscale and earth tones are popular for driveways because of their timeless appeal. As for patterns, herringbone and basketweave are trending due to their classic look that suits various architectural styles.

Which pavers best match a beige exterior house color?

For a beige exterior, we recommend warm paver colors like terracotta, sandstone, or light brown. These colors complement the neutral tones of beige and enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings.

How do I choose the right paver pattern that enhances outdoor spaces?

We suggest considering the size and layout of your outdoor space when selecting a pattern. Larger pavers and simple patterns like running bond or jack-on-jack can make a small space appear more spacious, while intricate patterns like a circular design add interest to larger areas.

What considerations should I keep in mind when pairing paver colors with a gray house?

With a gray house, you have a versatile canvas. We advise selecting pavers that either provide a subtle contrast or evoke a monochromatic style. Charcoal, silver, or even blues can pair well with gray, depending on whether you want a cool or warm contrast.

Can you suggest some paver color options for a blue house exterior?

For blue exteriors, we recommend choosing pavers in gray to anchor the blue’s cool tone or in warm tan and brown hues to create a pleasant contrast. These combinations are particularly effective in showcasing a blue house while ensuring a cohesive landscape design.