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Block Paving Design Ideas

Thomas Armstrong are dedicated to helping you achieve the highest quality in block paving; with a design that enhances the look of your home or wherever you choose to use our paving. We have all the advice you need to achieve the final product that you desire. Here are design ideas and elements that you should consider when choosing concrete paving.

When you decide to use block paving, there is more involved in the design of your finished product than the colour and where you'd like to use concrete block paving. When you choose Thomas Armstrong, we will help you with your design as much as possible. However, to help you with your own ideas, the main elements you should consider are:


    The thickness of the paving blocks you use is highly important to its end use/purpose, to ensure high quality and a long lifespan. Once you have decided where you want to use block paving, this will help determine its requirements and therefore the thickness you require.


    We recommend that you should use:


    Suitable for residential drives, paths and patios


    Suitable for lightly trafficked roads such as cul-de-sacs and drives.


    For heavily trafficked roads and commercial sites.

    We supply only British Standard paving blocks, ensuring you that the product you receive will be only of the highest quality. If you are unsure which thickness of block paving is the most appropriate for your paving project, please ask your local stockist or you can contact us directly, we are more than happy to help.


    Our two main finishes on block paving are smooth or rumbled. It is down to personal preference which finish look you use.


    We currently manufacture our block paving bricks in the following textures and finishes:

    Smooth Texture

    his is a "smooth" texture, though we mean "smooth" within the parameters of concrete manufacturing.

    Rumbled Texture

    The rumbling process distresses the paver giving a "worn" texture.

    Cobble Texture

    Pavers with a cobble effect and rounded corners. These pavers are suitable for residential drives, paths and patios.


    Some of our ranges have been specially developed to offer extra drainage by allowing water to pass through the paved area and subbase to outflow pipes, further reducing excess surface water. An ideal solution for both domestic and commercial uses.


    We recommend the appearance be judged, where possible, by viewing existing sites.


    Products include: Armstrong Armpave 60mm, Lakeland Derwentstone® and Lakeland Inglestone.

    Note: The manufacturing process of concrete products may result in variations in texture, which are unavoidable. The amount a product is rumbled may vary from batch to batch and product to product.


    At Thomas Armstrong, both our Armstrong and Lakeland block paving ranges are available in a number of colours. Whilst it is a matter of choice we would recommend that the colour of the paving should contrast or complement its surroundings. It is not recommended that the colour of the paving should be matched with the colour of the property as this will result in the effect being subdued.


    Our Concrete is made from natural materials and variances can occur in colour. It is recommended that when blocks are laid they are taken from at least three packs to minimise any "patching" that may result in slight variances in colour in individual packs.

    The Armstrong Range


    Beamish Cobble

    Durham Setts

    Kielder Setts

    College Setts

    Disclaimer: All colour swatches shown are only representations. Thomas Armstrong (Concrete Blocks) Ltd can not ensure a perfect colour match, due to the nature of Concrete Paving, photography and differences in monitor brightness, contrast and quality. The manufacturing process of concrete products may result in variations in colour and texture which are unavoidable. All colour swatches shown are only representations. Every effort is made to ensure that colour samples match as close as possible to the product.


    * Lakeland Range colour images are shown when the block paving bricks are wet.


    There are a variety of patterns that can be created depending on if you choose to use standard rectangular blocks or multisized pavers. The pattern used can have a considerable effect on whether the end product is a functional feature or striking addition to the property. Combine different colours, or even products to create a drive, path or feature that has your own personality. Click on each pattern to view which of our block paving products you can lay in that style.

    45° Herringbone

    Basket Weave

    Dual Size Chequer

    90° Herringbone

    Dual Size Stretcher Bond

    3 Size Stretcher Bond

    Stretcher Bond

    Dual Size Offset Herringbone

    3 Size 90° Herringbone


    Did you know that we also supply a wide variety of accessories to complement our paving?

    We supply a range of accessories to complement our paving which can also be used to assist in producing an interesting design. Please note that the Kerbs can only be used with that range of products


    Consider combining different products, colours and patterns in your design to create a different effect and unique design. Think about the following:

    Contrast & Complement

    Using contrasting colours to your property will enhance your paving. Also try complementary colours of pavers, such as brindle and charcoal.

    Paver Size

    Using different sizes of pavers will create different effects. Have you considered combining different sizes of pavers to create a cobbled look?

    Laying Pattern

    The use of laying pattern can create a feature. Notice the brindle border inside the charcoal border.

    Make a Feature

    Block paving can create all sorts of design features, whether it be steps, enhancing a garden feature or using our Castlerigg Circles to make a feature.


    Consider how your paving will interact with your property. Create an interesting shape or path for that extra "WOW" factor.

    Product Range

    Different product ranges suit different tastes, but try combining different paving stone ranges. The example above uses both Lakeland Kendalstone and Lake Derwentstone to create a stunning effect.

    Steps & Levels

    Our pavers can easily work over a number of levels by making use of the Kerbs and Corners (Armstrong Range and Lakeland Range) to create steps.