Mix and match
Because pavers come in many different colours, and even shapes, within the same range, you can use them to take a modern twist on the old crazy paving. Mix light and dark shades in rectangular and square shapes. There’s no rules, just play around with the pavers to find a pattern you like.
Blaze a trail
To break up and otherwise large area and to guide the way to your door, create a path in your design. Small cobblestones in a complementary colour to the main body of pavers defines the edges while in the centre, a large format paver in a contrasting colour provides the point of difference.
Green things up
Infuse a bit of nature into your paved area. Lay them in a grid pattern with gaps between them, then fill in the gaps with a low maintenance plant like Dichondra or mini Mondo Grass. As well as the contrasting colour, the natural element brings a different texture to the surface. It’s a great idea around a pool as you don’t have any issue with water runoff, it just soaks into the ground.
Pick a pattern
You can lay pavers in a variety of patterns to achieve a range of effects. For a formal look, choose square pavers and lay them in a straight line. This also works well for paths as the lines between the pavers direct your guests along the path. Large format pavers laid in a stretcher bond is also a popular look. Stretcher bond is where the pavers are offset to the next row, like the pattern of bricks in a wall. Herringbone is a zig zag pattern used with smaller clay pavers. Because the pavers interlock, it is inherently strong and good for heavy duty areas, like a driveway.