A Guide to The Different Types of Block Paving Patterns

Block paving is a very popular choice of paving for driveways all around the world, thanks to its attractive design and durable qualities. There are a number of different designs, sizes and colours of block paving, meaning that an array of designs and combinations can be used to create the layout you desire. If you’re considering block paving services for your driveway, get in touch today for more advice.

Herringbone block paving pattern

Concrete or clay

There are two different types of block that can be used for your paving: concrete or clay. There are a number of different benefits to each one:

Clay – Pros

  • Very durable and hardwearing
  • Natural colour means it won’t fade over time
  • Patterned pavers available to use

Clay – Cons

  • Susceptible to moss
  • Traditionally only square or rectangular blocks available
  • Not as many block depths available (60mm, 65mm or 80mm)

Concrete – Pros

  • Cheap
  • Wide variety of block shapes
  • Textured blocks available
  • Block depths from 40mm to 100mm

Concrete – Cons

  • Colours fade over time
  • Aggregate can become exposed

There are a number of different patterns in which block paving can be laid, with some having more striking differences than others. They include:

Herringbone – 90 degrees

Using blocks laid at a 90 degree angle to one another, this pattern is the most simple pattern to install. Using a straight-edged timber rail, the blocks can be laid easily, using half a block each time. The 90 degree angle means that you can also use the leftover half in the driveway, too.

Herringbone – 45 degrees

Unlike its namesake, this pattern is the hardest pattern to install. While the aforementioned 90-degree pattern uses half a block, meaning that the other half can be utilised, the 45-degree pattern uses more than half a block, so it is difficult to use the remaining block.

Basket Weave

This pattern requires little to no cutting of the paving edges, this pattern is most suited to driveways with a long, straight edge. You can utilise different coloured blocks to make more extravagant and eye-catching patterns if you wish.

Multi-coloured herringbone block paving


If you have two different colours of paving blocks, then a clever way to use it is mixing them together. Offsetting the main colour of your driveway with a darker border, or a pattern or shape in the middle of the driveway, is a great way to make your driveway stand out, and it works with both herringbone patterns as well as standard straight patterns.

By choosing your paving blocks carefully and laying the pattern correctly, you can create a fantastic look for your driveway that makes it stand out from your neighbours.

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