Brick Walkway Patterns

If you're looking to pave your home's walkway, you'll be pleased to learn that there are a unique variety of brick walkway patterns from which you can make your selection. These patterns range from the cutting edge to the historically authentic, and it is important that you choose the right one for your home. The following article will lay out and explore the most common types of brick walkway patterns in order to ensure that you make an informed decision.

Running Bond

The running bond is currently the most popular brick walkway pattern available. This pattern consists of red and brown bricks that are arranged in rows in a side-by-side fashion. The running bond is widely favored for giving walkways a simple but classy feel. Further adding to its appeal is the fact that installing this pattern is a piece of cake. It's worth noting that in order for a pattern to be considered a genuine running bond, the seams between the rows of bricks must not line up. If you're looking for dignified simplicity in your walkway pattern, look no further than the running bond.

Stack Bond

The stack bond, which shares many common traits with the running bond, is the second most popular brick walkway pattern on the market today. The pattern consists of similarly colored bricks laid out in a vertically-stacked fashion. The key difference that sets it apart from the running bond is the fact that the seams between the bricks line up perfectly, whereas the running bond's seams are uneven. Like the running bond, it gives walkways a very simplistic feel and meshes quite nicely with almost any home. Also like the running bond, its installation is relatively inexpensive and hassle-free.


The parquel, commonly referred to as "the basket weave," is an older pattern which, as you may have guessed, consists of bricks that resemble baskets being woven. The parquel originated in Europe, where it was widely used in royal courtyards. These days, it is generally used to pave the walkways found outside of older homes, as it does a poor job of complimenting the exterior of most newer houses. In addition to its niche appeal, the parquel's popularity is waning due to its somewhat tricky installation process. Still, if you own an old house and are looking to give your walkway an authentic feel, the parquel should be right up your alley. 


The herringbone pattern, which has both 45 and 90 degree variations, consists of an assortment of small bricks laid out in a rectangular fashion. After the running bond and the stack bond, the herringbone is the most common pattern used to pave walkways today. To the herringbone's credit, the bricks found in the pattern are so closely knit that it is the strongest type of brick walkway pattern currently available. As a possible downside, many first time homeowners feel that the herringbone gives off a distinct 1970s feel.