Brick Paver Patios

Learn about your options for brick paver patios and explore design ideas for your outdoor living space.

Brick Paver Patio

Brick Paver Patio

A beautiful outdoor landscaped brick paver patio.

Photo by: Photo Credit: Gregs Landscaping

Photo Credit: Gregs Landscaping

By: Sean McEvoy

Brick paver patios are attractive to anyone designing an outdoor living space for many reasons: they offer attractive design options, are relatively inexpensive, and will last for years if installed correctly. With many options available for brick paver patio designs, you'll have plenty of opportunities to find the style that's right for you.

9 Patio Design Ideas

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A Grand Entrance

The staircase is not only a fabulous focal point; it divides the space into two rooms. While the upper level is designated for dining, the lower level is ideal for patio furniture that encourages further lounging. Photo courtesy of Joanne Kostecky

Southwestern Flair

From cactus plants to iron elements, a rustic colored awning to stucco, this patio takes an eye-catching approach to comfort and southwestern design. It's a small space, but the strategic landscape adds a punch of flavor to the elevated structure. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Courtyard With Character

This courtyard patio brings the indoors out with designated areas to relax. Two plush chairs create a conversational corner, the extra seating surounding the tree is ideal for entertaining, and comfortable bench seats provide a delightful dining experience.

Serene Surroundings

Water elements go a long way in a backyard escape. This patio is surrounded by a moat-like feature, which defines the outdoor space.

Modern Design

Clean lines and a variety of different textures forms a trendy retreat for guests. Extra privacy is designed with lush plants, shrubs and trees. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Pleasing Patio

Pergolas add instant charm and architectural interest to any patio. This shaded sitting area features comfy cushion chairs and shrubbery for a pleasant outdoor experience.

Rooftop Patios

Take advantage of your view with a rooftop patio. Outfitted with concrete materials, an abundance of built-in sitting space and a pizza oven, this outdoor space is packed with luxury. Photo courtesy of Concrete Network

Clean and Contemporary

Sometimes you don't need a lot of details to enjoy your outdoor experience. Simplicity meets serenity in this contemporary escape. Photo courtesy of Royal Botania

Extravagant Entertaining

With stunning stone materials, earthy fabrics and an opulent fireplace, this patio is warm and inviting. The functional patio design features a place to dine, gather with guests and play yard games. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz

The first decision to make when considering a brick paver patio is location. Identify and mark off the area of your outdoor living space you'll be working with—you can mark it off with landscape flags, landscape marking paint or measuring tape. The latter will be especially helpful in determining the amount of brick pavers you'll ultimately need for your patio.

Once you have a general idea of the space you'll be working with, you need to decide which kind of brick pavers are right for your design. You'll have lots of styles from which to choose, including non-tumbled (or smooth), tumbled (weathered), embossed/dimpled, tumbled and embossed/dimpled, or an approximation of slate or flagstone.

Next up, you'll need to decide on color for your brick pavers. Earth tones are popular, but you may want to look first to the tones of your house, particularly the roof color and trim, and try to stay in the same family as these. You can also consider a contrasting color palette or a bold, vibrant statement color like red.

Finally, you'll need to decide how your brick pavers are laid on the patio. There are many options, ranging from straightforward staggered rectangular patterns to intricate geometric shapes that take on an almost modern art twist. Some popular styles you may hear mentioned are Random I, Random Ashlar, Runner and Herringbone.

One of the most popular design trends for patio landscaping is to emphasize visual diversity. So for example, if your patio pavers are a uniform geometric shape, you may want to consider curvy, flowing designs for your furniture or other patio installations, to add some eye-catching contrast. You might also think about using an array of planters for flowers or plants, as opposed to trying to match all of your patio landscaping.

Finally, let nature in. Consider planting shrubs or arranging potted flowers or plants directly adjacent to your patio, so the natural landscape feels like it's always within reach of your outdoor living space.

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