Jump-Start Your Spring Landscaping With These Charming Brick Walkway Ideas
Walkways so charming they'll step up your walking game.
There’s nothing quite as lovely as a brick walkway winding through a garden in full bloom. It’s quaint but sturdy, classic but versatile. Different colors of brick and different patterns give each walkway its own look. You can even lay one yourself with the right tools and some elbow grease. So, if you’re searching for spring landscape and hardscape ideas, stop and consider the beauty of a brick walkway. I’ve rounded up 12 fresh ideas for inspiration.
Line It With Colorful Flowers
Charleston Home + Design Magazine
Simple pathways like this one look beautiful lined with brightly-colored flowers. Choose hardy blooms in your favorite shades.
Incorporate Water Channels
Gorgeous California Terrace With Herringbone Brick Walkways
The south elevation of this Montecito, Calif., estate showcases a beautiful terrace of herringbone brick walkways and turquoise reflecting pools. The gardens provide a tranquil atmosphere while water transports through narrow, shallow channels that are terraced to create cooling water.
Village Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Kick it up a notch by incorporating water channels into your walkway design. Here, the shallow channels feed into a nearby pool.
Brick Patio and Walkways With White Chairs
Tables and small end tables sprinkled throughout the backyard make inviting gathering spots to enjoy the lush greenery and Key West weather.
Although brick walkways are often associated with cottage style, they actually work well with a variety of design styles. In this space designed by Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture, a brick walkway cuts through a tropical garden to a patio.
Pair It With a Pergola
Anthony Gomez, AG Photography
Consider building a pergola around a section of your walkway to create visual interest and height. Certain types of pergolas can also provide shade.
Pair It With an Arbor
Mary Palmer Dargan, Gibbs Smith, Lifelong Landscape Design, Mary Palmer Dargan
Another structure that can add interest, height and shade to your walkway is the arbor. Arbors are also great for displaying climbing plants.
Opt for a Steppingstone Path
A brick steppingstone path can serve as a budget-friendly alternative to the classic brick walkway. You can buy pre-made brick steppingstones and pavers or craft them yourself.
Create a Focal Point
If you plan to lay multiple pathways, ensure they all meet at one spot. At the meeting spot, create a focal point with a water or fire feature, impressive landscaping or a seating area.
Narrow + Widen It
Traditional Brick Home with Paver Walkway
The paver walkway narrows and widens, adding interest to the renovated landscape and exterior of a Minnesota home. Southview Design laid out the red brick pavers in a soldier course pattern and selected a lighter tone for the walkway's border. Modular retaining walls with wide steps and landings extend the home's architecture to the street.
John Wiese Photography
Your brick walkway doesn’t have to be simple or boring. Consider designing a path that narrows and widens to create interest underfoot, like this path by Southview Design.
Add a White Picket Fence
Cottage-Style Entrance Adds Charm to Ranch House
With a white picket fence covered in vines, this single-family ranch house in Los Angeles has all the charm of a country cottage. A brick pathway leads visitors to the front door, while a traditional roof provides shade from the California sun.
This one’s a classic, but you just can’t ignore the charm of the white picket fence. This pairing by Jeff Troyer Associates works especially well for cottage-style homes.
Choose Rich Red for a Mediterranean Look
Spanish Colonial Revival Home With Front Courtyard
An elegant brick pathway leads through lush grass to a beautiful courtyard at the entrance of this Colonial Revival home. The house combines a traditional stucco exterior and terracotta roof tiles and is surrounded by Mediterranean-inspired landscaping.
Larny J. Mack
A rich, red brick walkway pairs beautifully with a Mediterranean-style home, like this one designed by IS Architecture. Plus, the walkway looks particularly lovely with a red-tile roof.
Let Your Gardens Shine
Walkway: Charming Country Estate in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
A stroll through the lush and beautiful gardens is enough to call this place home. A brick walkway lined by greenery, shrubs and flowers leads the way to the container garden, which includes fresh foods to cook up for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International
If your gardens are totally impressive, it’s OK to let them steal the show, even if it means forfeiting the clean-cut edges of your walkway. Allowing for some organic growth creates space for beauty and personality.