26 Unique Paver Designs for Outdoor Spaces

Pavers can be a customizable and durable option for outdoor spaces.

May 08, 2020

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Party-Worthy Backyard

Natural stone pavers can be cut into shapes to fit the design of a patio or walkway and add elegance to an outdoor entertaining space, as seen in this property by Southview Design of Minneapolis.

Paver Patio with Fire Pit, Boulders and Seating

This Minnesota patio has Belgard Urbana pavers in various patterns, including an area cut out for plants. The natural stone boulders around the fire pit are made of Fond du Lac limestone.

Charming Cottage Garden With Flagstone Pavers

This outdoor space features a flagstone paver patio with groundcover plants growing between the stones, blooming perrenials and rounded, low bushes.

Paver Driveway With Bishop's Hat Pattern

The original driveway lacked character, so stone pavers in contrasting colors were installed and set in a Bishop's Hat pattern to make it a visually stunning focal point.

A Tight Edge

To help minimize the effect of movement of your pavers, be sure to plan for a good solid edge by using additional pavers, a solid cement lip, or metal or vinyl edging. In addition to stability, this will also help minimize creeping weeds.

Contemporary Limestone Patio in California

Tiered terraces create multiple spots for relaxing and enjoying the picturesque views at this contemporary Mission Viejo, California, home. A built-in fire pit is surrounded by seating. Limestone pavers create a neutral, functional backdrop for this entertainment-ready space.

Around a Fountain

For this Georgia patio, Landscape Studio used Pennsylvania Bluestone pavers laid in an Ashlar pattern. The different sizes (12-by-18, 18-by-24 and 24-by-24) and color of the pavers create a rustic effect. The mortar also matches the mortar in the home's exterior.

Make Color Variations Work for You

You'll run into slight color variations in your pavers, just like you would with different lots of wood flooring or tile. Blend varying piles of stones or bricks together to create a natural look, so you'll avoid a patchwork appearance.

Blocks of Stone

Monolithic ledge stone panels are set into the stone dust, as part of an award-winning residential landscape design project in Vermont by H. Keith Wagner Partnership. The walkway's arc lends privacy to the main house and a guest house on the estate. 

From Fire Pit to Pool

Think of how your pavers can connect areas, such as a pool deck, fire pit and bar. This Roswell, Ga., outdoor space is designed by J&J Landscaping and Neptune Pools and uses Belgard pavers with a cobblestone effect manufactured by Georgia Masonry Supply of Atlanta.

Brick Border

This soiree-worthy space, which also could provide greenspace for kids to play, is surrounded by bricks and mortar that match the Georgia home's exterior. The bold border, with two lines of brick laid straight on their sides in a double soldier course pattern, is designed by Landscape Studio.

Modern Terrace Design

Large pavers surround a small pond leading to an elevated terrace. The multi-level yard allows for fun and intriguing travel through the lush landscaping.

In the Round

The versatility of pavers can enable homeowners to create a circular design around a fire pit, or other shapes, such as a square space, for entertaining day or night. These pavers are made of recycled granite.

Rustic Look

The colors you choose for the pavers could make a new patio or walkway seem as if it has always been on the property, suggests Southview Design, based in Minneapolis.

Party Patio

A tiered paver patio by Southview Design in Minnesota creates space for dining areas, a bar area and a fire pit, and is accessorized with colorful materials. A modular block retaining wall also was used to frame the area.

Minimalist Walkway

For a minimalistic design, a bluestone walkway connects the main house with the guest house, bisected by a stone dust arrival court. The H. Keith Wagner Partnership's design of the property in Burlington, Vermont, won an American Society of Landscape Architects award. 

Along a Path

Pavers allow homeowners to customize the look of a yard, such as this curved walkway using pavers by Georgia Landscape.

Focal Point

Around areas such as a fire pit, pavers are more solid and safer to walk on than gravel. Officials with Southview Design, based in Minnesota, also note that in colder climates, pavers are less likely to crack, although it can be more challenging to clear snow and ice.

Into the Woods

The arrangement of pavers can point people in the right direction in a yard. These stone pavers, installed by Southview Design, lead folks to a built-in fire pit near the edge of the woods on this Minnesota property.

Cozy Nook

Use stone pavers to center outbuildings, such as a garden shed or studio, in a backyard, suggests Danna Cain, owner of Home & Garden Design in Atlanta.

Front Garden Plants and Pavers

Groundcover plants are an eye-catching contrast between pavers in this contemporary home's front yard garden.

Elegant Outdoor Kitchen

A series of round arches sets off an outdoor kitchen. The kitchen opens to an extensive patio space with rocks, Belgard products and cushioned patio seating.

Subtle Stone Textures

Stone steps and concrete pavers create texture and add depth to this backyard space.

Sunken Sitting Area With Fire Pit

This sunken sitting area features a fire pit and a contemporary paver design.

California Contemporary

Concrete and gravel paths combine with concrete seat walls that edge the back of a main courtyard space in Sonoma County, Calif. The design by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects was an American Society of Landscape Architects award-winning project.

Pavers + Grass

Carefully placed pavers turn this lush lawn into a geometric work of art.

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