Patio pavers are the most important material to choose for your outdoor space; nothing matters more than what’s underfoot. Looking for landscaping ideas? We’ve rounded up sources for ten of our favorite surfaces—including bluestone, brick, marble, and concrete—plus photos of the finished looks:
Bluestone pavers come in many different shapes, sizes, colors—and in two textures (natural cleft and sawn thermal). Read on to see which is best for your project.
Above: Large bluestone pavers make a simple and dramatic impact on a patio. Photograph by Art Gray. For more of this garden, see Landscape Architect Visit: A Refined Family Garden with Flexible Play Zones in LA’s Pacific Palisades.
Natural Cleft BluestoneAbove: With natural cleft bluestone pavers, “Thicknesses can vary from one side of the stone to the other making for a harder installation,” notes stone supplier Stone Farm Living. Photograph via Stone Farm Living. “This stone is typically used for a more ‘rustic’ or ‘natural’ look, as the surface shows the natural grain of the stone versus [the look of] thermal bluestone,” says Stone Farm Living. For specs and prices, see Stone Farm Living.
Manufactured from molded concrete pavers generally fall into two types. The first is the thick durable interlocking paver (often often used for driveways because it can support the weight of a vehicle). The second type is architectural pavers; thinner and more visually pleasing, architectural pavers are available in a variety of sizes and shapes and are the concrete of choice for a patio where aesthetics are important.
Square Concrete Pavers
Above: A 23-inch Gray Square Patio Stone (L); $8.98 at Lowe’s.
Molded Concrete Pavers
Above: From Stockholm-based designer Caroline Brahme, standard size concrete pavers are available with different configurations and have molded planting holes. The Grey to Green collection is available from Greenworks. For more information and prices, email [email protected]
Interlocking Concrete Pavers
“As a building material, limestone is both universal and timeless. Its use in architecture dates back thousands of years; many of the world’s greatest buildings (the pyramids of Egypt, the White House, the Houses of Parliament, the Empire State Building) are made of limestone,” writes contributor Ellen Jenkins in Hardscaping 101: Limestone Pavers.
With hundreds of colors, textures, and surface treatments available, limestone pavers are a versatile material for patios.
Polished Limestone Pavers
“As a building material, brick has stood the test of time. It’s hardworking, aesthetically versatile, easily maintained, and affordable,” writes contributor Ellen Jenkins. “Although it’s sometimes considered a formal look for a patio, that depends on the type of bricks, the color, the pattern, and the application.”
Marble is a material instantly elevates a space to elegant. Available in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes, marble pavers will be the visual focal point of any space; choose other materials to place a supporting role rather than to compete.
Black Marble Pavers
Off-White Marble Pavers
N.B.: For more of our favorite patio pavers, see:
- Hardscaping 101: Pennsylvania Bluestone.
- Steal This Look: A Garden Courtyard at Shed in Healdsburg.
- Hardscaping 101: Concrete Pavers.
Finally, are you planning a Decks & Patios project? Learn everything you need to know on to get started with our Hardscaping 101: Decks & Patios 101 guide.
Also learn how to successfully use pavers in a landscape or garden project with our Hardscaping 101: Pavers guide.