In drought-affected areas, paving is a more attractive and low maintenance alternative to yellowed lawn. Here are a few things to consider…

If you’re redesigning or adding paving for your home, first you have to pick a pattern.

There are plenty of options, and each has its own defining characteristics and challenges. You just need to pick the right finish for your property.

Mimi Rupp, from SmartStone Port Elizabeth, explains various popular designs and offers tips on how to make them suitable for your home:

1. Circular patterns

You will have seen this pattern on large driveways or patios, to create this pattern you layer the pavers in a circular pattern, starting from the centre. You can even combine this pattern with a herringbone finish or basket weave.

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Go for a circular pattern if you have a round seating area in the yard or garden. You can even use your circular pattern as a starting point before you design your outside spaces.

2. Herringbone

In this design originates from old English landscapes, and pavers are organised in alternate directions, to form a V-shape. Herringbone is known for being durable and has, therefore, become a classic paving style.

With a strong visual impact, you will see the herringbone pattern in most driveways, patios and walkways. When creating a herringbone pattern, the pavers can be laid at either 45 or 90 degrees. The angle you choose will determine the overall pattern and design.

3. Basketweave

Ideal for those who want to create a vintage or historic look, the basket weave is easy to get right. Alternate the pavers between vertical and horizontal pairs.

When using the basket weave pattern, you can get creative and use different colours, or stick with one colour to achieve an old, worn look.


4. The European fan

Popular across Europe, this pattern is one of the most challenging. A kit can be used when laying this pattern for an easier approach. Despite it’s challenging design, it offers some flexibility in terms of fan size and colour.

5. Running bond

The running bond pattern is the most commonly used, simply because it’s really easy to lay and to install. In addition, it’s also the most efficient one, producing the least amount of waste compared to other designs.

This is a pattern that’s ideal for small patios and which can make a small area seem bigger thanks to its simple, linear lines.

6. Checkered

This is a classic and very popular pattern and usually created using large square-shaped stones. Most often with two different colours to highlight the pattern.

An interesting idea is to combine pavers with artificial grass squares to obtain a simple pattern with a modern twist. You can also try using different-sized and shaped pavers for an alternative finish.

7.  Flagstone

Here you can include designs that are created using irregular-shaped stones arranged randomly. Stones can range in size, and you have a lot of freedom in this design because there are no defined patterns or shapes to follow.

Opt for a flagstone walkway if you want to create an authentic and beautiful look. Mimi believes this design works best in rustic settings because of the inconsistent styling.

The flagstone and grass combination is popular and always beautiful. The downside is that you have to constantly care for the grass and to make sure it stays healthy and trimmed. Not easy during a drought! The plus side is, grassed areas help to define the shape and beauty of stone. 

8. Cobblestone

Originally cobblestones were small stones rounded by the flow of water. They were gathered from stream beds and used to pave the streets in old England. Today sets are also often referred to as cobbles even though they have a regular shape.

Given the irregularities and organic shapes, you can use cobblestones with flagstone finishes and similar designs.

Images within article supplied by Mimi Rupp/SmartStone Port Elizabeth.