Interesting Laying Patterns for your Brick Walkway

By choosing brick paving stones for your Walpole, Massachusetts walkway you can ensure a warm and cosy aesthetic for your landscape for many years to come. Once installed, brick pavers retain color and require little maintenance, with individual bricks easy to lift and replace if necessary. Although brick-style pavers are traditionally made from red clay, many color options are available to suit your aesthetic purposes, ranging from traditional red, to browns and even dark charcoal. Their timeless appearance and quality make them worth the investment and allow the use of some interesting laying patterns. Here are just a few potential laying patterns that you can incorporate into your brick walkway.

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Stack Bond

Stack bond is a simple paving pattern where the bricks are placed side-by-side and aligned in both directions. A stack bond pattern creates strong lines and a clean visual appearance. Like the running bond pattern, the strong lines of the stack bond pattern can be used to lengthen or widen the walkway depending on the direction they are laid. Movement can be introduced by laying this pattern at a 45-degree angle to the walkway border, creating a strong, diagonal emphasis.


Herringbone is one of strongest formations for brick-style pavers, creating a powerful interlock that can withstand heavy traffic. The bricks are laid at right angles to one another in a repeating V pattern. Besides strength, this pattern creates a vibrant look that attracts the eye, and creates a memorable first impression. Thick bordering for a herringbone design is perfect for creating wide, curved walkways with visual strength.

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Flemish Bond

This pattern is a historical brick pattern that has been used for centuries, traditionally in the creation of sturdy walls. However, the Flemish Bond pattern translates well into a paved surface. This pattern consists of full and half bricks laid head to head. The half brick (or header) is centered between the stretchers that border it from above and below. The Flemish bond relies on half bricks being available in the pavers of your choice, or else requires cutting the pavers to achieve the half brick look. The Flemish Bond has a universal appeal that gives walkways an ‘old world’ look.

Running Bond and Its Variations

Running bond is one of the most common brick patterns. It is widely used in residential landscapes and is considered eco-friendly because it’s laid with minimum cutting, leaving almost no waste behind. If you want to bring out the curves of the walkway, this pattern is the right one to choose. Here the bricks are laid with the joint of one layer centered on the bricks on either side.

Running bond variations include circular or fan shaped patterns utilizing the same staggering. The variations can be mixed with the original layout or laid individually. Running bond is excellent for enhancing the appearance of the length or breadth of a walkway, following the walkway’s natural curves and creating a traditional appearance. The pavers can also be laid at a 45 degree angle to neutralize the elongating effect or to create variation.

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