Outdoor Living Series: Patio Paver Trends
The sun is shining, school is getting out, and days are long. We love extending the indoor living space to the outdoors whenever possible, and are doing just that at The Fish Flip House! Our next three blogs will be all about outdoor living, so whether you are creating your dream patio this summer, or want some ideas to freshen up what you currently have, we will show you some of the trends happening in outdoor living spaces.
For Part 1 of our Outdoor Living Series, we spoke with Jim Beck at Nicolock for trends in patios. Outdoor living spaces, when designed intentionally, can become a continuation of indoor living. Patio pavers set the tone for the backyard, creating an area that is functional and stylish.
The biggest trend in patio pavers right now is larger slabs. Both square and elongated pavers are getting larger in size. With numerous options for size and shape, you can choose a pattern and look that suits your style.
“The bigger pieces have taken over – that’s the norm now,” Jim told us. “The tumbled stuff is almost gone, it’s very infrequent.”
Larger slabs create a streamlined visual effect in outdoor spaces, which is appealing to those who love the minimalist vibe. In small areas, big pavers trick the eye to expand the look of the patio.
Pavers that Mimic Wood
The interior of the home usually incorporates wood flooring, whether it is real hardwood, porcelain tile that mimics wood, or wood laminate. That trend is extending into the outdoors as well. Patio pavers are coming in plank styles that resemble wood grain. Pavers with the look of wood can be found in wide or narrow planks, and smooth or wood-grain textures. This creates an appearance similar to a boardwalk, without having to worry about sealing and maintenance with real wood in an outdoor living area.
Sticking with a natural theme, another popular look is natural stone. Concrete and porcelain pavers that mimic natural stone can be more budget-friendly than using the actual stone. While the stone texture is still being used in many spaces, people are starting to move toward a smoother, sleeker look in pavers. When choosing pavers that look like stone, you have the option between smooth face, stone texture, and wood grain texture.
“People are moving to linear designs and a more contemporary look – whether it’s walls or pavers. It’s getting more smooth and lineal,” Jim explained.
By getting creative with laying patterns, you can change the entire look of a patio. Plank style pavers are generally installed in a running bond to mimic a wood floor. Square pavers are most often seen in a straight bond or stacked bond. You can also incorporate multiple paver shapes and sizes in a random pattern or entangle the pavers with the surrounding landscape.
There are so many options for laying pavers, allowing you to create a custom look that you love for your outdoor living space.