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

Classic Backyard With Brick Pathway

Classic Backyard With Brick Pathway

Purple coneflowers and Black-eyed Susan flowers serve as colorful accents along the the brick paver walkway to the patio.

Photo by: Charleston Home + Design Magazine

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

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.

Photo by: Village Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

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.

Go Tropical

Brick Patio and Walkways With White Chairs

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.

Photo by: Tamara Alvarez

Tamara Alvarez

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

Brick Walkway With Vine-Covered Pergolas

Brick Walkway With Vine-Covered Pergolas

Beautiful landscaping surrounds an Old World-inspired brick walkway. Pergolas are covered in climbing vines and provide shade.

Photo by: Anthony Gomez, AG Photography

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

Brick Courtyard With Arbor Entryway

Brick Courtyard With Arbor Entryway

A vine-covered arbor welcomes you to this secluded courtyard in Charleston, S.C. Laid out in a herringbone pattern, the brick pathway winds between rows of well-manicured hedges and past an inviting seating area.

Photo by: Mary Palmer Dargan ©Gibbs Smith, Lifelong Landscape Design, Mary Palmer Dargan

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

Cottage Garden Nook with White Arbor

Cottage Garden Nook with White Arbor

A brick walkway winds through a cottage-style garden with a crisp white lattice fence and arbor.

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

Garden with Fountain and Brick Path

Garden with Fountain and Brick Path

All paths of this charming formal garden lead to a lovely fountain graced by statues. Multicolored flowers of varying heights fill the surrounding garden beds.

Photo by: Mary Palmer Dargan ©Gibbs Smith, Lifelong Landscape Design, Mary Palmer Dargan

Mary Palmer Dargan, Gibbs Smith, Lifelong Landscape Design, Mary Palmer Dargan

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

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.

Photo by: John Wiese Photography

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

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.

Photo by: JWT Associates

JWT Associates

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

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.

Photo by: Larny J. Mack

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

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.

Photo by: Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

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.

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