The circular, herringbone, basket weave, European fan and running bond patterns are among the most popular paving stone patterns. Other options include a random design of pavers of the same color, but different shades, or adding an inlaid design, such as a flower or compass points, to any of these patterns. Combining patterns, such as a circular or wave pattern with a running bond design, also expands the range of pattern possibilities.
Creating the circular pattern involves laying paver rows in a circular formation and filling the spaces between pavers with mortar or sand. Often integrated with other patterns, the circular pattern lends itself to variations, such as half-circle or quarter-circle designs.
Laying pavers in alternate directions at 45- or 90-degree angles in a "V" shape creates the herringbone pattern. The herringbone pattern is exceptionally durable, making it ideal for larger outside areas, such as patios and driveways. It also creates a visually interesting border.
The basket weave pattern involves pairing pavers and alternating between vertical and horizontal pairs of the same or varying colors. The basket weave pattern is also quite durable and somewhat less common, adding a unique look.
The European fan and circular patterns are the most challenging to lay, while the running bond pattern is simple to lay. The running bond is formed by laying pavers side by side, lining up alternating rows. This pattern tends to make smaller patio spaces look larger. When selecting a pattern and paver shape, bigger, smooth pavers set in a simple pattern make a space seem larger. Small pavers and more intricate designs work well in large, open spaces, but make small spaces seem smaller.