Despite its trivial shape and seemingly restricted options for arrangement, clinker paving block can be used to create impressive, and also very intricate patterns. For the most interesting results, pavers of different widths can also be combined (e. g. Alt Toba and Toba pavers or Patoka pavers with mosaic). You can also combine different colors and shades on one surface. We have gathered some ideas that will inspire your imagination.
Paving block – Patterns offset
The simplest block arrangement is strips parallel or perpendicular to the axis of the surface, usually offset by 1/2 block, resulting in a harmonic, symmetrical pattern. However, a simple change of offset (for example by 1/4 block) will make the pattern more dynamic and vibrant. The asymmetrical pattern will be a better fit on irregularly shaped surfaces – it can hide for example crooked corners.
On the other hand, the symmetrical pattern with 1/2 block offset can be easily made more attractive by adding regularly spaced blocks of darker colors (e.g. every other red or yellow block changed for a graphite one in every other row). Similarly, decorative borders will make the surface more elegant, especially in the case of surfaces with a strictly geometric contour.
Paving block – Herringbone patterns
The Herringbone parquet pattern always looks amazing. In that pattern the header of a block will adhere to stretcher of another block. It can be laid straight – parallel to the axis of road, terrace or sidewalk, or at 45 degrees angle – we almost can see transversely or longitudinally arranged zig-zags. In this case you have to take waste into account (blocks adhered to the edge require incline cut). However, properly taken measurements can significantly reduce the waste amount. The block can be freely rotated (there’s no “top” and “bottom” faces – every side looks equally good). If you give it a thought, waste from one side can top up the pattern on the other side. The pattern where headers of two blocks adhere to one stretcher of another block is also called Herringbone by pavers (parquet arrangement). Double laid blocks always create a kind of a chessboard or plait (as earlier – perpendicular or skew to the contour of the given surface). The arrangement requires the stretcher of a block to be twice the size of the header of a block – as in the case of clinker paver from LHL Klinkier.
Paving block – Snail and rosette patterns
Snail patterns give amazing results, especially when it comes to terraces or yards. Similarly to the shell of a snail, they are characterized by a spiral pattern, hence the name. In case of so-called small snail pattern, a half-size paving block is a central point of the composition (or repeatable module of the road or sidewalk). There are four solid blocks laid around it that create a kind of a ring. The work proceeds using the same pattern, analogically adding successive rings.
The so-called large snail pattern begins with a couple of blocks laid in a parallel way – without cutting them. As earlier, successive rings are laid around them. In this case, they don’t form a strict spiral, but symmetric frames.
On the other hand, the four block arrangement around the half-size block, which is the central point of the small snail pattern, can be regularly repeated – one next to another. If we change the color of the central half-size block, it is a so-called snail pattern with a filling.
But if the contrasted color separates the blocks creating a “windmill” at the junction of four adjacent modules – a snail pattern with a rosette is formed.
Paving block – Other options and fancy patterns
The simple but impressive arrangements presented so far – classic elements of the paving art – are made with the use of paving blocks with side ratio of 2:1. Our portfolio offers other products as well, including blocks with different ratio, such as the square Mozaika paver and Classic slip from Patoka brickyard or greatly elongated Alt Classic, Alt Toba and Alt Solaris pavers. Thanks to their shapes, the surface will gain more unexpected, impressive look.
You can see how attractive clinker pavers are by accessing the photo gallery below and also by using our 2D Configurator, which can provide you with a visualization of pavers of your choice in one of our arrangement propositions.