Weaving a variety of materials, textures, and colors together, this patio pattern is a delight. The regular geometry of the flat bricks beautifully contrasts the rounded, irregular stones that infill in between. The layout cleverly combines bricks that are side-by-side, in rows of running-bond, and strips of herringbone. The soft burst of green in the mounded planting accents the masonry composition with life. The green works well with the complementary red of the brick, and both benefit from the contrasting cool, blue-grey puddles of river rock. With a little imagination, simple materials can be arranged to create a dynamic hardscape carpet underfoot.
by Katie Hutchison for the House Enthusiast